Thursday, February 7, 2019

Job Opportunity: Child Protection Systems and Policy Analyst

Opportunity Information
Opportunity Title:Child Protection Systems and Policy Analyst
Department:Office of Colorado's Child Protection Ombudman
Posted Date:01/23/2019
Closing Date:02/18/2019
Contact Information
Name:Karen Nielsen
Brief Description
**This is a courtesy posting for the Office of Colorado's Child Protection Ombudsman**
The salary for this position is $65,000 per year, with benefits. 

Agency Statement:
The Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman (CPO) was established to improve the child protection system by serving as a resource to citizens, employing a complaint process for citizens to voice their concerns about child protective services and by making recommendations to the Governor’s Office, Colorado State Legislature and other stakeholders for system improvements.
Position Purpose and Objectives:
The position requires the analyst to engage in various levels of research, analysis and synthesis. First the analyst responds to citizens and stakeholders who have concerns or questions about Colorado’s child protection system. Concerns involve a variety of entities, including child welfare services, law enforcement, behavioral health and residential facilities. Most of the cases handled by the analyst involve the Colorado Department of Human Services and individual county human services departments. In fulfilling this role, the analyst must collect all relevant information from the contact and review third-party sources that may provide context for the case. These sources may include the Trails child welfare database, law enforcement records and the state court databases. The analyst must utilize the information they gather to determine the proper service to provide contacts. These services range from providing contacts a resource referral to an agency that may be able to help them resolve their case, to identifying possible law or rule violations in how the agency or provider handled a case.

In addition to handling a caseload of individual cases, the analyst is charged with monitoring their cases for trends and identifying any possible systemic issues within the child protection system. The analyst is expected to analyze and track case data, so they may provide education and guidance to other CPO staff members working on broader child protection policy. The analyst is also expected to contribute to broader policy initiatives.
The position requires the analyst to synthesize information and produce various written products. These reports include summaries of cases, letters outlining possible violations of rule and law and reports detailing systemic issues and public policy items. The analyst is expected to write thoughtful and robust drafts and effectively incorporate feedback and edits from other CPO staff.
The analyst will also represent the agency outside of the office at stakeholder meetings, legislative hearings and other events.
Reports To:
The Analyst must have a strong understanding of child abuse and neglect prevention, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems. As such, the applicant must have a strong working knowledge of:
  • Child welfare services;
  • Colorado Department of Human Services’ policies and procedures;
  • Colorado Division of Youth Services’ policies and procedures;
  • Behavioral health systems
Minimal Educational/Professional Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor’s Degree (minimum requirement)
  2. Minimum 5 years’ professional experience which may include the child protection system, including providing services directly to children and families/and/or working to analyze and improve policy, laws or rules within the child protection system.
  3. Knowledge of the delivery of Colorado’s child welfare services, Division of Youth Services, and behavioral health systems.
  4. Proficient in Outlook and Microsoft Office Suite programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Specialized Knowledge:
  1. Colorado Rules Governing Child Welfare Human Services employees (Volume VII)
  2. Colorado Children’s Code
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Applicant must have excellent verbal communications skills, adhere to deadlines, work collaboratively with CPO staff and maintain an appropriate level of professionalism.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
How to Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter to:
Karen Nielsen
Office of Colorado’s Child Protection Ombudsman Office
by 11:59 PM on February 6, 2019
**Final Applicants will be required to submit a writing sample that demonstrates research and analytical abilities on a substantive topic.