Child Safety Program Consultant, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

The Child Safety Program Consultant position exists to provide consultation and technical assistance to counties concerning the child safety and family engagement strategies of Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) and Signs of Safety (Signs of Safety); manage grants to counties, tribes and/or community agencies supporting training and model implementation and provide leadership in developing and maintaining curriculum for these approaches. This position also provides policy and legislative recommendations supporting child safety by engaging the protective capacities of families through family engagement.


  • Prepare, administer and oversee grants to local child welfare agencies and collaborates to provide Family Group Decision Making meetings.
  • Oversee grant spending and implementation including annual practice conference.
  • Identify evaluation and grant implementation reporting responsibilities of FGDM grants and Signs of Safety with grants.
  • Monitor implementation, data reporting and fiscal management of FGDM grantees and Signs of Safety grants.
  • Provide direction and leadership in expanding the FGDM applications to safety planning and placement prevention; and participation in the Signs of Safety training and consultation to interested counties/ tribes throughout the Minnesota child welfare system.
  • Make policy and statutory recommendations to facilitate optimum programming and best practice to assure child safety and family resilience.
  • Collaborate with clinical partners to develop a state wide training and consultation model for the spread of Signs of Safety skills to interested jurisdictions and to transition the training design from a DHS led format, to a regional based practice leader driven model.
  • Plan, coordinate, and participate in the delivery of small group clinical consultation either in-person or through Vidyo technology and the implementation of regional workshops.
  • Communicate, coordinate, and provide technical assistance to support training and technical assistance at all levels.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or related field AND 2 years advanced professional experience in the child protection field demonstrating the following:
  • Knowledge of Minnesota’s child welfare system and familiarity with the federal and state statutes, rules and regulations that guide child welfare services.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive and professional working relationships with tribal and county agency staff, community stakeholders and consumers.
  • Skill in negotiating and providing effective consultation to constituents, including social service consumers, local social service agencies, community and tribal agencies.
  • Demonstrated skills in both oral and written communication with ability to adapt and present child welfare information to professionals and the general public.
  • Ability to use personal computer for variety of applications.
  • Must have the ability to be sensitive to and respectful of the cultural and other differences that will be encountered in interacting with co-workers and in serving customers.
  • Skill in time management, planning, organizing, coordinating work activity and directing the work of legislative review and child welfare protocols.
  • Ability to write guides, narrative reports, and various correspondences
  • Driver’s license (possession of valid driver’s license as required for assigned work).

Preferred Qualifications

  •  Master’s degree in social work or related field.
  • Practice experience with the Family Group Decision Making model and/or Signs of Safety framework with child welfare client populations.

How to Apply
Interested candidates must apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website, which is the state’s official application and hiring site. See instructions below on how to submit your resume and application. For assistance with this process, contact the Website Helpdesk at 651-259-3637 or Please be sure to apply at your earliest convenience before the posting closes at MIDNIGHT on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015.

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Applicant Help”
  3. Click “Apply for Jobs” to create an account and submit your resume
  4. Apply for job posting number: 15DHS000592

(NOTE: the classification for this position is Social Services Program Consultant)

If you have questions, please contact:

Pam Hughes, Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 651-431-3281

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