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DCS Employment Opportunities

The Department of Children’s Services employs more than four thousand Tennesseans across the state.  While DCS Officer and DCS Case Manager positions are the most common positions filled, the department is always looking for great employees interested in Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice.  For more information regarding job vacancies, please go to the Department of Human Resources website:

http://www.tn.gov/dohr/employment/applicant.shtml

The Department is continuously hiring for the position of DCS Officer in the DCS  Youth Development Centers.   For more information regarding the job responsibilities of a DCS Officer, please click on the link below:

DCS Officer

For more information on applying for DCS Officer vacancies, please contact the local Human Resources office for each facility:

  • Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, Nashville, TN  (615) 532-2017
  • Mountain View Youth Development Center Dandridge, TN  (865) 397-0174, extension 524
  • Wilder Youth Development Center, Somerville, TN  (901) 465-7359, extension 279

Tennessee Department of Children Services
Child Welfare Case Management Certification

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Tennessee Department of Children Services and statewide-accredited social work training institutions offer a Child Welfare Case Management Certification to recruit social work students who will begin their career in child welfare at the department.

Benefits of the Child Welfare Case Management Certification:

  • Individuals who obtain the certification are eligible to receive a higher starting salary once they are employed by the department.

  • Certified new hires are exempt from some of the DCS new-employee training requirements.

  • Certification provides direct professional development in a child welfare agency prior to graduating with a BSW or BSSW.

  • Child Welfare Case Management Certification is an excellent way to build a professional portfolio for entry-level child welfare professionals.

Requirements:

  • Be entered into and remain in good standing with an accredited social work program at a participating university.
  • Complete university courses Child Welfare I and II and receive a grade of a “B-“or higher.
  • Complete an internship with TDCS of at least 370 hours.

There are two programs, Title IV-E Tuition Assistance Program and the Certification Program that support the Child Welfare Case Management Certification process. Title IV-E Tuition Assistance Program offers educational financial assistance during students’ last two years of school, in return,for a contractual agreement to work for the department. In the Certification Program, students go through the same coursework, internship, and receive the benefits of the program but do not receive financial assistance or sign a contract with the department.

Title IV-E Tuition Assistance Programs

The Title IV-E Tuition Assistance Program of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) intends to:

    a) Recruit and develop social work students who are committed to working in child welfare into the DCS workforce.
    b) Promote the professionalization of DCS staff through advanced social work education.

The Title IV-E BSW/BSSW Tuition Assistance Program provides financial support to selected undergraduate-level social work majors who are committed to working with the children and families served by DCS upon completion of their Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW/BSSW) degree at a participating university.

The Title IV-E MSW/MSSW Tuition Assistance Program provides financial support to DCS employees who desire to enrich the knowledge, skills, and abilities they bring to the Department by obtaining a Master of Social Work / Master of Science in Social Work (MSW/MSSW) degree from a participating university.

Certification Program

The intention of the Certification Program is to recruit and develop social work students who are committed to working in child welfare for the DCS workforce. This program offers students the Child Welfare Case Management Certification and the benefits therein without providing financial assistance while the student is in school. Students do not go into a contractual agreement to work for the department once they graduate in the Certification Program.

Contact:
Department of Children’s Services
Title IV-E Tuition Assistance Program
Cordell Hull Building 7th Floor
436 6th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37234
615-253-6821
IV-E_Tuition.EI-DCS@tn.gov