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Title:  Adult Protective Services Investigator - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  2/8/2023
Req ID:  46198
Department:  Disabilities Aging & Independent Living
Location: 

Home Based, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $28.02

Overview

The Division of Licensing and Protection, located in the Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living, is currently seeking an Adult Protective Services (APS) Investigator to provide coverage over the southern half of the state. This APS Investigator position will be responsible for working independently to investigation allegations of maltreatment against vulnerable adults. This APS Investigator will interview reporters, alleged victims, and any other relevant witnesses, along with reviewing any available documentation. They will also provide the alleged perpetrator with an opportunity to present information. At the conclusion of the investigation, they will make a recommendation for substantiation to the DAIL Commissioner if the evidence indicates there was abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Ideally, this candidate will be self-motivated to work independently, have a background in interviewing various populations, and a strong skillset in writing.


The selected candidate will have a home-based office and will be required to travel frequently in Addison, Wyndam, Windsor, Washington, Rutland and Bennington counties though the primary county assignments will be informed by the location of the successful candidate. This is a limited-service position with a project period through September of 2024 but may be extended.

Who May Apply

This position, Adult Protective Services Investigator - Limited Service  (Job Requisition #46198), is open to all State employees and external applicants.


If you would like more information about this position, please contact Aaron.Reichert@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.
 

Class Definition

Specialized duties at a professional level for the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living involving investigations, protective services assessments and interventions pertaining to reports of abuse, exploitation and neglect of vulnerable adults. Duties also include assessments of individual and environmental safety, risk of harm, and cognitive capacity and implementing a wide variety of protective service mechanisms, detailed below. Incumbents work primarily within an assigned geographical area. Work is performed under the supervision of the Adult Protective Services Program Chief, but with significant need for individual discretion. Incumbents must analyze and solve complex problems which require significant evaluative thinking and judgment and prioritization of large caseloads. Employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed in a variety of settings, but primarily in the field, including individuals' homes and residential care settings. Considerable field travel is required for which private means of transportation must be available. An incumbent predictably will encounter high level stress and emotional situations, strong differences of opinion, and potentially threatening situations.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in social work, gerontology/aging, disabilities, psychology, criminal justice, or closely related field AND one (1) year or more of experience at a professional level in social work or psychology with a focus on aging and/or disability services, a health care related field, or law enforcement or similar professional role that included significant investigatory responsibilities.

OR

Bachelor's degree AND two (2) years or more of experience at a professional level in social work or psychology with a focus on aging and/or disability services, a health care related field, or law enforcement or similar professional role that included significant investigatory responsibilities.

OR

Associate's degree AND four (4) years or more of experience at a professional level in social work or psychology with a focus on aging and/or disability services, a health care related field, or law enforcement or similar professional role that included significant investigatory responsibilities.

OR

High School diploma or equivalent AND five (5) year or more of experience at a professional level in social work or psychology with a focus on aging and/or disability services, a health care related field, or law enforcement or similar professional role that included significant investigatory responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in investigative, legal or law enforcement services.

Special Requirements

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.