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Mille Lacs Band Member/American Indian preference applies
The Lead Investigator will coordinate planning and implementation of child protection investigations with all MLBO Departments and county to assist in assessing the child protection allegations to move forward to a conclusion. The position will focus on child protection investigations and training of all investigators, and being a back-up to the team. The lead investigator will focus on the development of the tribal and departmental infrastructure including but not limited to integrating financial, court, and case management processes with MLBO systems, developing policies, procedures and work flow.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related field from an accredited university is required; or closely related field.
• Or Associates Degree with 10 years of Full-time licensed Peace Officer investigation experience
• Master’s degree in Social Work or related field is preferred.
• Three (3) years of experience as a manager in a public, private or tribal reservation program is required; OR 4 years’ experience with case management and investigations.
• Knowledge of Investigative skills
• Working knowledge of Indian Child Welfare act and MN Indian Family Preservation Act is required.
• Extensive knowledge and experience working with Native American communities, culture, customs and cultural laws is required.
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision is required.
• Excellent communication, organization, and management skills are required.
• Excellent collaborative skills working with multiple MLBO departments, counties, MN Department of Human Services, and Federal agencies are REQUIRED.
• Ability to understand and interpret state statutes as pertaining to Tribal Child Welfare Initiative.
• Knowledge of HIPAA, Affordable Care Act, Insurance Requirements, Data Privacy and all federal regulations as it pertains to the electronic health record. And the ability to adhere to data privacy in the daily duties of lead investigator.
• Ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports
• Excellent organizational and communication skills, both verbal and written
• Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment, multi task and prioritize
• Knowledge and sensitivity to Native American Culture
• Must have a current valid driver’s license.
• Must be insurable under the Mille Lacs Band Drivers Insurance policy.
• Must pass a background check.
• Must pass a Pre-employment drug & alcohol test.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Develop in conjunction with Director of Family Services and the Child Protection supervisor, create a work plan for developing the tribe’s capacity and infrastructure related to expanding the Child protection investigations area.
• At the direction of the Family Services Director/ child protection supervisor serve to coordinate all planning functions for child protection investigations.
• In conjunction with Family Services Director/ child protection supervisor collaborate with MLBO department representatives to work on reestablishing the MLBO FS child protection team and reach agreements.
• Collaborate work with Mille Lacs, Aitken, Pine, Crow Wing Kanabec and Morrison Counties.
• Coordinate between all the various MLBO Departments and county entities which are involved in the work.
• Report to the Director of Family Services and/or Child Protection supervisor.
• Work with all the employees that are involved in the project, assisting with communication, training and dissemination of ongoing changes.
• Assist in the execution of the Investigations infrastructure in whatever direction Administration (Director, HHS Executive Director) directs.
• Operates a computer and printer for the purpose of reviewing developing work plans and strategies for building departmental and tribal capacity.
• Analyzes and interprets child welfare information and data in the Intertribal System in order to ensure the accurate data compilation and analysis for planning and implementation of system changes.
• Participates with the Child Welfare and Foster Care teams to clarify documentation and work flows within the current systems and analyzes areas for improvement.
• Reviews encounters, identifies deficiencies, documents and reports on operational difficulties which have a significant impact on system operation.
• Reports any outstanding problems and/or errors to child protection supervisor.
• Nature of work is such that incumbent experiences frequent periods of moderate to high stress levels while dealing with inside/outside entities.
• Working is almost inclusively in doors in a controlled climate area.
• Moderate threat of personal danger.
• Will involve working with many partners; both internal and external to Family Services.
• Local travel will be required, travel outside the state is very limited.
• Hours are typically 8-5, but possibly with some extra hours. May involve some evening or weekend work.
• Some local travel may be required.
• Work from home may be permissible with a signed telework agreement.