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  • 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:

Salary: $25.8505 

Grade: 20

Job Summary:

This position conducts high profile, complex and sensitive investigations related to allegations of criminal child abuse and neglect. Through competent investigations, we protect and ensure the safety of children, including proper placement.

Job Duties:

- Assesses, responds to and investigates criminal conduct reports, in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders, generated by the Child Abuse Hotline
- Conducts interviews, collects documents and records interactions in the Statewide Automated - Child Welfare Information Systems
- Testifies in court regarding child welfare investigations
- Assists on cases involving allegations of child abuse resulting in serious injury or death; provides assistance related to strategies and techniques used when performing sensitive investigations of child abuse and neglect
- Attends a variety of meetings to include high profile staffing
- Performs other duties appropriate to the assignment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
- Arizona Law related to special victims, forensics, homicide, domestic violence, missing persons or a closely related law enforcement unit
- Multidisciplinary approach including Child and Family Advocacy Centers
- Child Welfare Practices
- Policies pertaining to abuse and neglect of children
- Conducting high profile, complex and sensitive investigations
Skill in:
- Verbal and written communication
- Establishing and maintaining interpersonal relationships
- Working with public relations
- Interviewing children and family members
- Training investigative techniques
- Identifying criminal or neglect and abuse in an investigation
- Preparing reports
- Working with diverse groups and individuals
- Documenting investigations
- Critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution
Ability to:
- Identify, analyze, deescalate and resolve highly confrontational situations
- Share and enhance the understanding of investigate techniques

Selective Preference(s):

- Law enforcement/Detective/Investigative experience specializing in crimes against children and sex crimes; OR
- Two (2) years of experience as a DCS Specialist (investigations) with the Arizona Department of Child Safety

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Employment is contingent on the selected applicant passing an extensive background investigation through State and Federal agencies.


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.