Your next step toward success is just ahead! A career with Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) offers fulfillment and purpose as you use your talents to assist fellow Coloradans in their own successes. Plus, you'll also find new colleagues and competitive benefits in your role with CDHS. CDHS offers job opportunities in several fields, including child welfare, developmental disabilities, mental health, nursing, social assistance programs and youth services. CDHS Careers also recruits for support positions that include accounting, budgeting, contract management, custodial, facilities management, food service, human resources and procurement.
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CDHS offers a full package of benefits for permanent employees of the state of Colorado:
- Competitive salary/professional development.
- Health and life insurance coverage for employees and optional coverage for dependents. We offer employees several medical insurance choices. We provide life insurance and disability insurance. We also offer employees flexible spending accounts.
- Public Employees Retirement Account (PERA).
- 401K/457K(Administered through PERA)
- Paid Time Off benefits to include: holidays, accrued annual leave and sick leave
- CO State Employee Assistance Program - A professional assessment, referral, and short-term counseling service offered to State employees with work-related or personal concerns.
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program - Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, a borrower may qualify for forgiveness while employed full-time in a public service occupation and meet other certain criteria.
- Employee Wellness Program - Employees can earn up to $20 off their health insurance premium every month by participating in fun health challenges online.
Job vacancies are announced on the State of Colorado Job Opportunities website. Applications are accepted only during the time period listed on the announcement. Review the job announcements and identify those that you may be qualified for and interested in. To apply for a specific job, follow the instructions in the announcement section titled "How to Apply." When applying for a state job, carefully follow the instructions. Submitting an application to the wrong location or not providing all the required materials may result in not being considered for the job.
What happens after I apply for a job?
Application review: All applications submitted in response to the job announcement are reviewed to identify the applicants who meet the minimum requirements for the job. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements are notified via email. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will continue on in the assessment process.
Assessment process: The state personnel system as defined by the Colorado Constitution requires all jobs within the classified system be filled through a competitive process, called comparative analysis, which could include tests for merit and fitness. The number and types of assessments will depend on the position being filled as well as the number of qualified applicants. The top six candidates will be identified via the assessment process and then referred to the supervisor of the vacant position for interview who will make the final hiring decision and job offer. Depending on the type of work performed on the job, a job offer may be contingent on the results of a drug test, criminal background check to include fingerprints, and/or physical examination.
Comparative analysis utilizes professionally accepted standards that compares specific job-related knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors and other competencies. The process can include multiple components including structured interviews, application/resume review, oral panel examinations, written objective tests, performance tests, training and/or experience evaluations, or physical capacity tests.
Prior to the Department’s employment of any person in a position that would require that person to have direct contact with any vulnerable person, the Department shall make an inquiry through the Director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to ascertain whether such a person has a criminal history. A person shall be disqualified from consideration for any of the following criminal offenses: a crime of violence, a felony offense involving unlawful sexual behavior, a felony of domestic violence, a felony offense of child abuse. For our complete Background Investigations Policy, please click here.
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Workforce development includes enriching the work environment through education, staff recognition, and skills training in best practices and supervision, and is recognized as a critical component of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). OBH workforce development principles are:
- Identify core competencies and skills
- Maintain a skilled workforce
- Increase occupational preparedness
- Reinforce best practices
- Support employee retention
- Support a culture of learning through ongoing training
- Promote effective communication
- Promote effective use of current technology
- Create new employee and intern orientation process
- Increase awareness of OBH staff supports and resources connections
- Align strategic goals with management systems
- Emphases customer service
OBH manages Colorado's Trauma Informed System of Care (COACT) initiative. COACT Colorado is currently supporting 16 Communities of Excellence in a total of 20 counties throughout the state. Each Community of Excellence receives funding to support wraparound facilitators, family advocates, infrastructure development and flexible funding services for families. All Communities of Excellence receive technical assistance in family engagement, youth engagement, cultural competency, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) responsiveness. Cross-system trainings are also available on other topics such as trauma informed care and serving youth with both mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Colorado’s child welfare system is a state supervised, county administered system. That means the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare oversees practice and provides policy direction for child welfare services and county human services agencies employ people who work directly with children, youth and families.
The Division of Youth Services (DYS) is looking for people with a passion for improving the lives of youth. We are currently hiring Correctional Youth Security Officers. As a Correctional Youth Security Officer you model the balance between safety and meaningful relationships. You foster desire, afford opportunity, and provide youth the tools needed for change. Come join our team of dedicated employees that make a difference in the lives of youth.
Classified employees have retention rights, receive competitive pay and benefits, and are a part of the state personnel system. Click here to view classified job types.
To verify employment of a CDHS employee, visit www.CCCverify.com.