Working as a Child Protective Specialist is a great opportunity if you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned professional. Extensive training, coaching and professional development is available. A career path incudes advancement to supervisory and managerial positions. We offer a robust benefit package and support continuing education through a number of scholarship opportunities.
Child Protective Specialists (CPS) respond directly to reports of child abuse and/or neglect. Using investigatory and social work skills, they engage and partner with families and community resources to ensure the safety and well-being of children throughout New York City.
Candidates who speak and/or write in the following languages are encouraged to apply: Spanish, Russian, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Urdu, and African languages. New York City residency is NOT required.
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The starting salary for a Child Protective Specialist Level I is $49,279. After successful completion of 6 months of service, you are automatically promoted to Child Protective Specialist Level II, with a base salary increase of $53,519. Upon successful completion of 18 months in this position, the base salary increases to $57,070 with a salary range up to $80,916. In addition to the base salary increases, there are longevity differentials, and the potential for overtime earnings and a night differential for certain assignments.
Permanent civil service appointment is required to become a Child Protective Specialist. Civil service exams are given a few times a year by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). When the filing period is open, you can file here; the application fee is $68. For more information, read this.
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