Join our Talent Network
Skip to main content

Child Welfare Human Services Program Specialist

This job posting is no longer active.

Posting Begin Date: 2024/01/24
Posting End Date: 2024/02/25
Category: Human Services
Sub Category: Social Services
Work Type: Full Time
Remote: Flexible Hybrid
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 32.00
Maximum Salary: 35.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

Save Job Saved



People Making a Difference!


The Division of Family and Community Services (FACS) has an opening for a Human Services Program Specialist on the Child Welfare Program and Policy Development Team.

This position is located at the Department's Central Office in downtown Boise and will serve as the Program Specialist for foster care licensing and child well-being. This position will provide clear focus and direction for policy and practice requirements related to promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families served within the Child Welfare program.



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 


  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance - (full-time/30+ hours per week) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.80/month for dental
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000)
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness
  • and more!


Child Welfare Program Policy Development

  • Researches, analyzes, and develops policies and rules related to child welfare practice and service delivery.
  • Reviews federal and state laws, regulations, rules, and policies, analyzing state-level practice and outcomes, in addition to assessing promising and evidence-based child welfare practices to develop state practice requirements and expectations.
  • Presents rules to Department Board and legislative body.
  • Provides technical assistance and consultation to advise and assist in articulation of child welfare practice policy requirements and federal reporting needs to the Operational Design and Systems Support Bureaus and the Automation Design Unit within the division.

Child Welfare Program Operations

  • Represents the Division of Family and Community Services on state boards and committees, as well as before individuals and committees, and before individuals and entities such as community partners, providers, state and federal officials, courts, and advocacy groups.
  • Seeks opportunities for cooperation, collaboration, partnership, and integration with other state and federal programs and efforts.
  • Oversees contracts for foster care recruitment and treatment foster care.
  • Monitors state program activities for quality, integrity, and compliance with state and federal requirements, including evidence-based practices.
  • Participates in federal Child and Family Services Reviews and in the ongoing state case record reviews, including the development of program improvement plans to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Prepares federal and state reports, such as the Child and Family Service Plan and Annual Progress and Services Report.
  • Articulates state and federal state program service array needs based on state and federal requirements and best practices for contract procurement and development.
  • Informs development and monitors contracts and service agreements related to the Child Welfare program.
  • Provides guidance, review, and direction in work relating to Certified Adoption Professional home studies, adoption reports, Child Protection Central Registry, and on other committees, such as the Extended Placement Review Committees, fatality reviews, and Resource Parent Problem Resolution Team.


You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.


  • Considerable knowledge of: social, psychological, or rehabilitative services, principles, and methods. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher in a behavioral/social science, social work, psychology, psychosocial rehabilitation, or closely related field.
  • Experience working with public social/rehabilitative service delivery systems. Typically requires at least one year of professional experience working with more than one element of integrated services. These systems include integration of services with United Way, private/public sector agencies, courts, law enforcement, corrections, vocational rehabilitation, schools, universities, and other consultation and assistance services/programs.
  • Experience planning, implementing, and overseeing a community-based social/rehabilitative service program to include community organization. Typically requires leadership experience participating in a community effort to plan, implement, and oversee a social/rehabilitative service program.

Below is preferred experience. It is not required for the position but applicants with this experience may receive consideration over other applicants.

  1. Considerable knowledge of child welfare and foster care practices. Typically gained by at least three years of professional work experience in the child welfare field, including independent living.
  2. Experience and knowledge of policy development and analysis and monitoring of grants and/or contracts. Typically gained by at least two years of professional work experience in the analysis and development and monitoring of grants and/or contracts. 
  3. Experience and knowledge of program oversight and/or leadership. Typically gained by at least two years of professional work experience as a supervisor in a public or private social service setting.
  4. Licensure as a Social Worker in Idaho in accordance with Idaho Code 54-3201 et seq. Licensure information can be found through the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licensing at

Learn About a Career with DHW

***PLEASE NOTE: application assistance is not available after the business hours listed below, on the weekends, or on holidays and you must apply before 4:59 pm on the closing date. When applying, use CHROME as your browser to avoid complications.

If you have questions, please contact us at:

Email is the quickest way to get an answer to your questions.

(answered Monday through Friday during business hours MST)

EMAIL: [email protected] 
(208) 334-0681


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.