Child Protective Services Assistant Program Administrator

Portland, ME | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: Jan. 28, 2020
Opening Date: January 13, 2020

Closing Date:  January 28, 2020

Job Class Code: 5079
Grade: 27 (Supervisory Services B.U.)
Salary: $50,876.80 – $69,825.60*/yr.
Includes a $5.00/hr. stipend. An additional $1.00/hr. stipend is paid for employees possessing a related Master’s Degree
Position Number: 02000-2920


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that safeguard the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.  The Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS), within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is responsible for ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families throughout Maine.   

Job duties:

 As an OCFS Assistant Program Administrator, you will work collaboratively with the regional Program Administrator in managing the delivery of child welfare services within a designated geographic district.  In some districts this will involve supervision of one or more programs throughout the district.  In others it will involve direct supervision of all programs and operations in a branch office.  Typical duties will include:


You will assist the PA by assuming responsibilities in child welfare to include continued integration with behavioral health services, assuring that there is district and statewide practice consistency.


You will use Quality Assurance reports and other available data to improve district practice, staff education and development, community relations, office management and administration, oversight of Regional Operations staff and Personnel Division liaison. 


You will be expected to assume the duties and responsibilities of the District PA as delegated, including responsibility for Child Welfare Reform and representing the District in OCFS committees and workgroups.


 To qualify, you must have an eight-year combination of education and professional experience in Child Welfare programs/services, including at least two years of related supervisory or program management experience.


NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be fully licensed as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as issued by the Maine State Board of Social Work Licensure. 


The backgrounds of well-qualified candidates will demonstrate the following competencies:


  1. A thorough understanding of and history of supporting the OCFS Practice Model.
  2. A proven ability to lead, mentor, and motivate staff; and enable staff to achieve performance expectations.
  3. Expert-level knowledge of MACWIS (Maine Automated Child Welfare Information System).
  4. Knowledge and ability to envision and lead cross-system collaborative efforts to plan, develop and implement strategies to improve services to children and families, consistent with the OCFS Practice Model.


Please submit a cover letter addressing your skills and/or prior experience in each of the four areas above. If you do not provide this information your application may not be processed.



Denise Merrill, Program Administrator at (207) 822-2255 or by email at  To apply, please upload a recent resume (if available) and cover letter addressing each of the four preferred skills/experience areas above. To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Smith at       


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.