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Requisition No: 795768 
Agency: Children and Families
Position Number: 60040112 
Salary: $43,000.00 annually / $1,653.85 bi-weekly. 
Posting Closing Date: 03/01/2023 
Child Protective Investigator
Department of Children and Families
Miami, Florida
All Dade County 
Open Competitive 
This posting will be used to fill position vacancies in Career Service.
Current employees will be compensated in accordance with the DCF salary policy.
What you will do:
Children in crisis need quick action from strong, compassionate individuals dedicated to ensuring their safety. This demanding and challenging career could be your opportunity to speak for those with no voice and fight to help ensure the safety of those who cannot protect themselves. We are looking for people who are detailed-oriented, possess good decision-making skills, and can thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. When seconds count, your career decision may be the critical difference in the life of a child.
How you will make an impact:
  • Conduct investigations of abuse, neglect, abandonment and/or special conditions for children;
  • Collect information through observation and interviews with the children, parents, relatives, and neighbors;
  • Assess danger threats, child vulnerabilities and caregiver protective capacities in order to determine whether a child is safe;
  • Arrange emergency placement for any child that cannot safely remain in their home;
  • Notify state attorney, law enforcement and child protection teams;
  • Provide families with service linkages to agency and community resources;
  • Conduct initial/ongoing child present and impending danger assessments;
  • Report indication of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment to the Florida Abuse Hotline.
  • A high school diploma or GED equivalent and four years of law enforcement experience or active military service (honorably discharged or status that current service reflects serving honorably); or
  • An associate degree or 60+ credit hours from an accredited college or university and two years of professional work experience (see examples below) or two years of law enforcement experience or active military service (honorably discharged or status that current service reflects serving honorably); or
Examples of professional work experience could be, although not limited to
Guardian Ad Litem or similar child advocate role 
Family Support Worker  
Group Home Worker 
Teacher's Assistant/Aide 
Daycare Provider/Worker 
Therapeutic Assistant 
Behavioral Health Technician 
Family Intervention Specialist  
Home Health Aide 
Nurse (LPN or RN) or similar profession 
Nursing Facility Assistant  
Other welfare, education or medical professional jobs that occur in high-paced, high-stress environments that require critical decision-making to occur
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
An official letter from the college/university registrar or unofficial transcriptions with anticipated graduation dates and credits earned must be provided for all diploma/degree requirements. 
Proof of conferred degree such as official transcripts or copy of diploma/degree must be provided within 30 days of hire as a condition of employment.
  • Must obtain Child Welfare Certification from the Florida Certification Board within 12 months after obtaining provisional certification. All Investigators must maintain certification as a condition of employment. Information regarding certification can be found at: Florida Certification Board
  • Valid Driver License; and
  • Must possess operational private vehicle for use in the performance of daily work activities. Selected candidates are required to provide proof of vehicle registration and documentation of the appropriate insurance coverage within 30 days of hire as a condition of employment. The Department provides a Vehicle Insurance Allowance to assist with the cost of insurance coverage due to the use of private vehicle for work purposes.
  • Ability to attend an 8 - 12-week mandatory training course. This training could be scheduled during day, weekend, and evening hours.
Special Notes:
  • Language proficiency may be considered in the selection process as determined by Agency needs at the time of selection.
  • May require successful completion of pre-interview assessment or work sample to be eligible for interview.
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work or related field preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Following policy and procedures, Managing Time, Assessing, Planning, Intervening, Evaluating, Documenting, Engaging, Teaming, taking appropriate actions related to Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and/or Substance Abuse, Establishing Effective Relationships with Colleagues, Professional Competencies.
Candidate Profile (application) must be completed in its entirety.
  • Include supervisor names and phone numbers for all periods of employment.
  • Account for and explain any gaps in employment so that the hiring process is not delayed.
  • Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or abilities as well as responses to pre-qualifying questions must be verifiable to meet the minimum qualifications. 
  • It is unacceptable to use the statement “See Resume” in place of entering work history.
  • If you experience problems applying online, please call the People First Service Center at (877) 562-7287.   
Additional Information/Requirements
  • This position will require night, weekend, and holiday work. It has also been designated as an essential position. Incumbents are expected to work during emergency situations or natural disasters and may be required to work before, during and beyond normal work hours/days.
  • Incumbents may be exposed to possible hazardous conditions in the field.
Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
  • No state income tax for residents of Florida;
  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!
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