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Opportunity Title: Social Service Professional Coordinator
Location: Downtown Denver
Department: Office of the Child's Representative
Posted Date: 09/12/2018
Closing Date: 09/28/2018
Contact Information
Name: Brandy Lombardi
Title: Administration and Accounting Specialist
Address: 1300 Broadway Suite 320
  Denver CO 80203
Email: brandylombardi@coloradochildrep.org
Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the Office of the Child's Representative**

The salary range for this position is $5,693 - $7,628 per month.



Broad Scope of Position:

Develop programming to support effective use of SSPs (Social Service Professional) by
Guardians ad litem (GAL) and to increase availability of SSPs for GALs throughout Colorado.
Serve as a liaison between GAL and SSP to enhance attorney practice for GALs who must make
independent determinations based on an understanding of a child’s developmental and
educational needs, trauma history and family’s functioning. Coordinate with OCR Staff
Attorneys to assess and address specific SSP needs in each judicial district.
 

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

• Assess GALs’ current use of SSPs and needs for additional SSP services and supports.
• Identify and implement strategies for providing SSP services to GALs and supporting GALs’
effective use of SSPs.
• Coordinate with Staff Attorneys to build relationships with GALs across the state to
accurately assess appropriate social service needs.
• Expand on OCR’s current efforts to contract directly with SSPs to support GALs in their
independent investigation and advocacy.
o Identify potential SSPs in each judicial district across the state of Colorado.
o Engage in contracting process of SSPs alongside OCR’s Executive Director.
o Providing oversight and support to SSPs to maintain congruency of work among
judicial districts.
o Monitor SSP billing to ensure effective and efficient use of SSPs.
• Identify, promote, and support best practices for GALs who engage in their own use of SSPs.
• Develop protocols, training, and tools for effective use of SSPs.
• Provide GALs with updated social service research and training when necessary.
• Explore alternative models for providing SSP services to GALs, such as the use of graduate
students.
• Participate in staff meetings and training when necessary.
• Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching.
• The position will require transportation and the ability to travel across the state.
• Hours will be 8-5, Monday through Friday with occasional hours outside of that time frame
due to trainings or OCR related events.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Duties/Travel:

The OCR is a small office, and the Social Service Professional Coordinator must be a team player. The position requires developing strategic plans for a myriad of issues and engaging in crisis management daily. The Social Service Professional Coordinator must be able to work independently but also collaborate closely with other staff to solve problems. Duties outside the primary scope of the position may be assigned by the Executive
Director. The OCR serves all 22 judicial districts in the state of Colorado and agency needs will require travel and presentations outside of the Front Range, including OCR’s annual jurisdictional visits and two conferences per year presented by the OCR.

Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in social work or related field. Current license as a LCSW/LPC/LMFT in good standing in the State of Colorado.
• Minimum of two years’ experience in Child Welfare. Experience working in the Child Welfare System, specifically with GALs.
• Ability to build relationships with GALs and SSPs across the state of Colorado.
• Knowledge of community resources.
• Ability to work with the OCR staff to support the work of the GAL.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed care principles/practices.
• Experience with program development/implementation or willingness to learn and develop
project management skills.
 

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, please submit the completed application packet as detailed
below, noting the above referenced position. Completed application packets must be received by
5:00pm on the above listed “apply by” date.

The completed application packet will include:
- A cover letter
- Resume
- A minimum of three professional references

Please submit the application packet to:
Office of the Child’s Representative
Attn: Brandy Lombardi, Administration and Accounting Specialist
1300 Broadway Suite 320
Denver, CO 80203
Or via email to: brandylombardi@coloradochildrep.org
 
You may submit the required information by mail or e-mail. Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications for the position. Late or incomplete packages will not be considered. Please note that the application materials will not be returned. Fax applications will
not be considered. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. This position is eligible for benefits, including participation in retirement, health, dental, life/AD&D, and short-term disability plans, and paid leave.
 

The Office of the Child’s Representative is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. The OCR is an equal opportunity/affirmative actionemployer fully committed to achieving a diverse work force. The OCR invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality and perspective of GAL and CLR practice.


Detailed Job Information
EEO/AA/ADA EMPLOYER
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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