Part-Time Child Protective Investigator
Part-Time Child Protective Investigator
$21.87-$39.05 Hourly; $32,979.96-$58,887.40 Yearly
$21.87 Hourly; $32,979.96 Yearly
Job Schedule (Subject to Change)
Monday –Friday and Occasional Saturdays
Job Location (Subject to Change)
Various locations throughout Hillsborough County.
Twelve-month probationary period
Perform duties investigating alleged child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment in accordance with Chapter 39, Florida Statutes. Must possess a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification at the time of hire.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
- Investigate alleged abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment of children to determine if abusive or unsafe conditions exist and take appropriate action to ensure the safety of children in accordance with state mandated timeframes.
- Interview children and adults concerning allegations of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to ascertain the validity of allegations, document living conditions, and determine the need to remove children from an unsafe environment.
- Inform clients of and implement available social service programs to assist them with their needs.
- Conduct follow up visits to ensure the safety of children is being maintained and support programs are in place.
- Testify in court to accurately relate the circumstances of cases investigated.
- Establish and manage case files to include accurate and timely documentation of investigative activities in the statewide child welfare information system.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of the theories and practices used in child protection and family support.
- Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing child protection.
- Working knowledge of professional ethics related to child protection investigations.
- Working knowledge of federal, state, and county community social service programs available for child protection and family support.
- Working knowledge of investigative techniques.
- Working knowledge of court procedures related to child protection proceedings.
- Working knowledge of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office standard operating procedures (SOPs).
- Ability to collect, organize, and evaluate information and develop logical conclusions.
- Ability to interview children and adults to determine the validity of allegations.
- Ability to apply crisis intervention techniques.
- Ability to maintain professional demeanor during court testimony and cross examination.
- Ability to work effectively with others.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to manage time effectively.
- Ability to work under stressful conditions.
- Ability to handle confidential information.
- Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
- Ability to use a computer and related software.
- Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.
Possession of a valid State of Florida Child Protection Professional Certification; and
A passing score on pre-employment testing; and
30 net words per minute on a typing test; or 100 gross keystrokes per minute with 90% accuracy on a data entry test.
Successful completion of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigator Trainee program.
- Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess various licenses or certifications at time of hire or within the probationary period, or obtain them within a specified period of time after hire or appointment to the classification.
- Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
- No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
- No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
- No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
- No felony convictions within lifetime.
- No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
- Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
- Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.
- Must live within Hillsborough County OR live within Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, or Sumter County as long as the residence is located within the 60-mile parameter of Falkenburg Road Jail at the time of appointment.
Benefits include but are not limited to:
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