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Community Development & Prevention Consultant

Company: Arapahoe County
Location: littleton
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Our Mission: Arapahoe County Department of Human Services (ACDHS) builds strong communities by promoting the safety, independence and stability of individuals and families.

Our Vision:To end the cycle of poverty and prevent abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults (using an integrated two-generation approach)

ACDHS uses an integrated two-generation (2Gen) approach to address all of the basic human services needs of the entire family unit. The 2Gen approach begins with a mindset focused on family-centered program design, continues with the alignment of services and resources within the department as well as across multiple organizations, resulting in coordinated services to children and adults together (family) in order to create long term stability and sustainability.

The 2Gen approach builds well-being for families by focusing equally and intentionally on high-quality services in five areas of focus: early childhood education, adult education and employment pathways, economic security, health and well-being and social capital. This approach will help us achieve our core mission of breaking the generational cycle of poverty, preventing neglect and abuse and building strong communities.

ACDHS has an opening for a Community Development & Prevention Consultant position working for the Child and Adult Protection Services (CAPS)Division. The Child and Adult Protection Services Division provides protective services to children and adults, as well as foster care, adoption, adolescent services, teen parent programs and other services that help create strong, effective families.

The Community Development & Prevention Consultant develops community connections to create sustainable commitment to system improvement, strategic planning and community improvements as they relate to citizen needs, specifically the need for child and adult protective services. Such partners will include, but are not limited to school districts, the judicial system, law enforcement, medical and behavioral health providers and other community partners with the goal of decreasing the need for protective service system involvement and enhancing community partnerships.

This position exists to share specific strategies with caseworkers and supervisors in order to improve their collaboration with community partners and to contribute towards improved agency practice and outcomes with the children and families including reducing recurrence/recidivism.


* Participates in the development, implementation, managing, and evaluating of the various programs and initiatives in the division as well as long and short-term goals, plans, and objectives in order to achieve the Division's mission, goals, and priorities. * Represents the Department of Human Services and the Division of Child and Adult Protection Services at relevant meetings; informs and advises these groups, as well as the Community Development and Prevention Administrator and Deputy Director, on local and regional community development and infrastructure planning issues. * Presents Department and Division information to community constituents and citizen-facing committees, commissions and other forums including presentations on special projects and community and program planning issues to increase understanding of the child and adult protection system and opportunities to respond to and assist families in a community based manner that serves to prevent abuse and neglect. * Participates in developing, integrating and evaluating a community based response team for families referred multiple times to protective services and/or economic assistance to assure that basic needs and protective issues are properly identified and resolved to impact the multi-generational use of such government systems in a sustained manner. * Analyzes data resources with respect recurrence and recidivism in the child and adult protective system and participates in the design and implementation of effective strategies to positively impact such. * Clinical consultation and guidance to assure child safety and wellbeing drives decision making, but also ensures community connection and partnership enhancement are prioritized and drive decision making. * Contacts community resources, such as schools, law enforcement and medical personnel to obtain additional information, coordinate services, or secure their assistance. * Participates in staffings with school, mental health facilities, child protection review teams, and other professionals involved with the family members. * Serves as information and referral source to other employees and to the public. * Provides a variety of ancillary assignments as needed including preparing and maintaining client records and completing required forms and reports. * Facilitate meetings with families and community partners to develop support or response plans. * Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of social casework principles, concepts and ethics by using a strength-based and solution focused practice. * Independently analyze complex situations, formulate plans and make quick decisions as needed. * Practice strategies that result in effective engagement of community partners and families. Mediate difficult interactions between parties.


* Ability to build relationships and help others learn * Ability to model best practice skills and philosophy in the field * Ability to provide feedback and facilitate reflection including helping staff increase self awareness in regards to strengths and areas for improvement * Ability to manage complex and sometimes conflicting situations * Ability to provide feedback in a respectful and sometimes challenging and probing manner while maintaining an objective, non-judgmental stance * Strong ability to multitask * Knowledge of strength-based, solution-focused practice including appreciative inquiry, cultural humility * Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing * Ability to maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with internal and external partners * Ability to work independently and as a team member. * Ability to deliver effective customer service and communication skills in a professional manner with a diverse client base, some of whom may be or become angry, difficult and/or distressed * Ability to work under stressful conditions in a professional manner in a high volume environment * Excellent organizational skills * Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from court, groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public via fax, telephone, and email * Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and state and county computer systems. Ability to learn various applications. * Must become familiar with the 2GenApproach * Demonstrate knowledge of family engagement strategies and interviewing principles * Strong interpersonal skills to build partnerships * Ability to work collaboratively with all ACDHS programs, staff, and existing community partners



Masters in Social Work or a Masters degree in Sociology, Psychology, Human Services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development and three (3) years of post-Master degree paid experience in social casework.


Bachelors of Social Work or a Bachelors of Arts/Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Psychology, Human services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development and six (6) years of post-Bachelor degree paid experience in social casework.


Three (3) years of child welfare social casework experience.


Must have already successfully completed the Colorado Pre-Service Training Academy program or if hired must successfully complete and pass all required State of Colorado training in order to be considered for future employment.

Supplemental Information

Must also successfully pass pre-employment criminal background check, motor vehicle check, and post-employment fingerprint check.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.

Reliable transportation is required. You will be reimbursed for mileage.

The salary grade listed is the full salary range for the Community Development & Prevention Consultant position. Please note that the hiring salary will typically be near the lower end of the pay range listed.

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Keywords: Arapahoe County, Littleton , Community Development & Prevention Consultant, Other , littleton, Colorado

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