OCFS Policy Coordinator

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Social Services Program Specialist II
Opening Date: November 30, 2018

Closing Date:  December 14, 2018  

Job Class Code: 5093
Grade: 25 (Supervisory Services) 
Salary: $44,574.40 - $61,006.40/yr.
Position Number: 020003453


Only Employees with Promotional Status in the Department of Health and Human Services May Apply


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs; and that assist families in providing for the developmental, health and safety needs of their children. 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. This position’s primary focus will be on OCFS policies and the position will be located in Augusta.

Job duties:

As an OCFS Policy Coordinator you will play an important role within the Office of Child and Family Services. You will take a primary role in the development and drafting of new policy, as well as minor and major changes in current policy. You will be responsible for collaborating with stakeholders from each of the major units within OCFS (Child Welfare, Children’s Behavioral Health, Early Intervention and Prevention, and Operations) to develop policy that meets each unit’s needs. You will also collaborate with stakeholders from outside OCFS, as requested and may be called on to represent the Department in both internal and external initiatives. Primary job duties include:


1. Develop and write new and updated OCFS policies that are consistent with federal law, state law, current OCFS initiatives, and other applicable sources of authority.
2. Research and provide the latest information regarding policies utilized in other jurisdictions.
3. Provide supervision to staff participating in policy development.
4. Implement a project management system for policy development. 
5. Implement a system of periodic evaluation and revision of current OCFS policies.
6. Engage with internal and external stakeholders, including OCFS senior management across all program areas. 
7. Engage with OCFS training staff in the implementation of trainings regarding changes to policy.


 In order to qualify, you must have eight (8) years combination of education and/or professional experience in social services. Preference will be given to those candidates with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Special Education, or a related field. Preference will also be given to those candidates with demonstrated history in policy development.

The background of well-qualified candidates will demonstrate expertise in the following areas:
1. A thorough knowledge of the program areas within OCFS (Child Welfare, Children’s Behavioral Health, Early Intervention and Prevention, and Operations), including their policies and processes.
2. Strong technical writing skills (please submit a writing sample representative of your skills).
3. The ability to effectively and efficiently manage projects, including keeping project team members on task and the project on time.
4. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff (please describe # of staff you have supervised and their job titles).


For additional information about this position please contact Brieanna Gutierrez at (207) 626-8670 or by e-mail at Brieanna.Gutierrez@maine.gov . To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter addressing the four competency areas identified in the Minimum Qualifications Section. To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Vigue at DHHS.Jobs@Maine.gov

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 15.37% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.13 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $444.68 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $422.45 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $400.211 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $377.98 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, 2018.


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.