Child Safety & Prevention Manager, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

As the manager of Child Safety and Prevention, this position plays a significant role in advancing child welfare practice across the state and improving outcomes for children and families who are served by the child welfare system. Minnesota is a national leader in many child welfare reforms and innovative practices that are the responsibility of the Child Safety and Prevention manager. This position provides an opportunity for you to apply your leadership skills and expertise with a team of professionals. We are nationally recognized for our progressive leadership in human services.

In addition to challenging work and the chance to serve Minnesota with a team of professional colleagues, the Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a comprehensive benefit package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

In Child Safety and Permanency, the work focuses on programs related to child safety, adoptions, the American Indian Child Welfare Initiative, and the research, training and quality assurance to support these programs. This position will manage the child abuse neglect and prevention programs, children’s justice act and citizen review panels in alignment with the child welfare practice model. Work also includes managing policy and practice related to the child maltreatment response system and the provision of consultation and technical assistance to a variety of constituents including federal, state and local governments, families and communities.


  • Manage an integrated child protection system that assures child safety and family wellbeing by applying the most effective responses to reports of child safety concerns.
  • Support the use of best practices consistent with the Minnesota Child Welfare Practice Model for counties and tribes, and providing related training.
  • Provide leadership in crafting child welfare policy and the development of legislative proposals to support best practices in child protection.
  • Manage and provide leadership to Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP), Children’s Justice Act (CJA) and Citizen Review Panel (CRP) programs in alignment with child welfare practice model.
  • Supervise professional and supervisory employees.
  • Responsible for laying the groundwork, developing and implementing new initiatives related to child safety and permanency.
  • Participate as a member of the division’s management team responsible for setting the vision of the program


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field
  • AND
  • Three years of experience supervising staff in a public or non-profit child welfare organization.
  • Extensive experience and expert knowledge of public child welfare best practice and policy including prevention/early intervention, safety, family preservation, and family support.
  • Experience and knowledge of public child welfare agency operations, including governance, fiscal and program/policy operations.
  • Experience and knowledge of critical child welfare stakeholder systems.
  • Advanced communication skills, oral presentations and formal writing. Advanced facilitation skills.
  • Exceptional human relations skills and the ability to demonstrate effective problem analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to organize and develop detailed project work plans and prioritize work. Ability to manage and direct complex, concurrent projects.
  • Ability to use technology to conduct research, communicate and educate.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analysis sufficient to evaluate program outcomes and apply research to program improvements. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in social work or a related field.
  • Experience and background in a public or non-profit child welfare organization as a manager or director.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates MUST apply through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the state’s official hiring site.  Below are detailed instructions on how to submit your resume and apply. Please be sure to apply at your earliest convenience before the position closes at MIDNIGHT on MONDAY MARCH 17th, 2014.

Submit your resume:

  1. Visit
  2. Select “My State Job Search” (upper right hand corner)
  3. Select “Create a My State Job Search Account”
  4. Complete the instructions under New Account
  5. Once your account has been established, select “Resume Builder”
  6. Build a resume or paste a text copy of your existing resume
  7. Use the “Job-Specific Questions” space for your cover letter (optional)
  8. Complete required sections of “Supplemental Information”
  9. You MUST click “Submit Your Resume” at the bottom of the page!

After you have created your new account and submitted your resume, you can apply for the Child Safety & Prevention Manager opening (note: the state job classification for this position is State Prog Admin Mgr Sr):

  1. Select “Apply for Jobs”
  2. Select “Apply for Positions”
  3. Enter this posting number:  14DHS000318
  4. Select “Continue” and verify the position is correct
  5. Select “Apply”


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  • Make sure your resume clearly states all relevant skills and experience, along with the beginning and ending months and years of each position you have held.
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If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact:

Pam Hughes
Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 651-431-3281 or 800-657-3643

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