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  • 509737
  • MESA
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) is a social and human services agency whose mission is to successfully engage children and families to ensure safety, strengthen families, and achieve permanency. DCS has field office locations located throughout the state of Arizona, with its central office located in Downtown Phoenix. DCS employs over 2,800 employees who share the common vision of ensuring children thrive in family environments free from abuse and neglect.



Posting Details:


Grade: 18

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Location:

1355 S. Clearview Ave
Mesa, AZ 85209

Job Summary:

The Foster Home and Group Home Investigations Unit is seeking a DCS Specialist. This position works closely with licensing agencies; congregate care agencies and the Office of Licensing and Regulation (OLR) to ensure children are safe in these homes.

Regular travel throughout the state may be required.

(This is NOT a promotional opportunity. Applicants will ONLY be considered for a lateral transfer at the level that they are currently.)

Job Duties:

- Makes decisions regarding a child's safety vs. risk, permanency, and well-being using the agency's Child Safety Assessment/Strengths and Risk Assessment/Case Plan by gathering and analyzing information utilizing Family-Centered Practice strategies. Methods include interviewing clients, engaging and partnering with families, researching family histories, ordering/reviewing medical records, police records, school records, social service records, evaluating gathered information with a supervisor by creating a safety plan, intervention plan or a family-centered, behaviorally focused case plan for services.

- Organizes, plans, and continuously prioritizes work-developing specific plans to efficiently and effectively complete tasks and recordkeeping. Speaks with the supervisor to prioritize cases with the greatest risk based on completed assessments and with the assistance of the supervisor, if needed.

- Resolves conflicts-negotiating with others-handling complaints, settling disputes and resolving grievances or conflicts with clients, or otherwise negotiating with others. This responsibility includes interviewing involved parties, evaluating information, reaching conclusions, and making case plans based on sound casework principles and organizational values.

- Obtains information-observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. This includes documenting observations and information received in a format that is usable by others. Maintains current information on Children’s Information Library and Data Source (CHILDS) and other applicable case management systems that meet established work standards.

- Evaluates information to determine compliance with standards-using relevant information and individual judgment to take appropriate action in compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and standards. This involves researching/reviewing DCS policies and procedures and staffing cases with a supervisor to determine consistency with division values and goals.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- Must be able to secure and maintain clearance from the DCS Central Registry.

- Must have at least 18 months of experience as a DCS Specialist, have no formal discipline, and a recent MAP score of 2.0 or higher.


As an employee of the Department of Child Safety you will be entitled to a comprehensive benefits package that can become effective as soon as two weeks after starting!

Benefits include:
- Paid sick leave.
- Paid vacation that includes ten (10) holidays per year.
- Competitive health and dental insurance plans.
- Life insurance and long-term disability insurance.

We also offer optional employee benefits that include:
- Vision coverage.
- Short-term disability insurance.
- Deferred compensation plans.
- Supplemental life insurance.
- Employee wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-255-2903. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.