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Under direction of the Chief, Office of Child Abuse Prevention, to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect; to give technical assistance to community groups and State and local agencies on programs pertaining to the problems of child abuse and neglect; to collect information on operating community models related to identification and treatment of child abuse; and to do other related work.
Assists in formulating policy, procedures, and other work of the Office of Child Abuse Prevention; gives technical assistance to local groups and individuals representing judiciary, law enforcement, public health, social services, and other professionals in areas that pertain to identification, reporting, treatment, and prevention of child abuse or neglect; advises on resources and facilities available for assistance on specific problems in these fields; interprets policies, standards, and objectives of the State Office of Child Abuse Prevention to participating agencies and interested groups; assists in the development of training modules and information systems, trains and advises local agency staff concerning child abuse prevention; works with a State Advisory Council and Regional Advisory Councils on Child Abuse Prevention in the establishment and utilization of committees and organizations for the purpose of planning and implementing programs aimed at the identification, treatment, and prevention of child abuse and neglect; assists with the establishment of pilot projects, monitors their development and activities and evaluates their effectiveness in the detection and correction of the abuse or maltreatment of children; stimulates and sustains interest of local groups by planning conferences with representatives of various public and private agencies concerned with the problems of child abuse; addresses interested multicultural groups, writes articles for publication or press release; prepares reports; collects and compiles data required by the Department, Legislature, Administration and Federal Office of Child Development; develops and administers procedures and assists with Federal grant applications; analyzes legislation and assists with recommendations for legislation beneficial to the safety and protection of children.
Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible experience in the field of child abuse prevention in one or a combination of the following:
1. Policy formulation and program planning and development in a community program for child abuse prevention; or
2. Administration of a total program for the protection of children which shall have included program planning and development, fiscal management and supervision of paid and volunteer staff, and coordination of the program with other public agencies. and
Education: A Master's Degree in Public Health, Health or Medical Care Administration, Public Health Nursing, Sociology, Social Work, Health Education, Behavioral Science, Law, or a closely related field.
Knowledge of: Principles, programs, and trends of community organization; scope and activities of public and private health and social service agencies; community resources adaptable to child abuse services; objectives and methods of local governmental and non-governmental groups; principles and techniques of public education and information practices related to rendering advice and assistance for the detection, prevention, and treatment of child neglect and abuse; characteristics and social aspects of causes and deficiencies leading to child abuse; cultural under standing of diverse ethnic groups.
Ability to: Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of an interdisciplinary team in the development and implementation of a Child Abuse Prevention Program; work with and secure the cooperation of individuals and agencies in the development of programs; analyze operations; apply effectively the required technical knowledges; prepare technical reports and papers for publication; speak and write effectively; and maintain harmonious relationships with community representatives.
Willingness to travel throughout the State and to work irregular hours.