Social Services Specialist Ii

Location
Department Of Family Services, Virginia
Salary
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Posted
Jun 25, 2022
Closes
Jul 16, 2022
Ref
22-00378
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is an exciting time to join Fairfax County Government as we shape racial and social equity policies in the county through the One Fairfax Policy. Using this framework, we intentionally consider equity when making policies or delivering programs and services. To learn more, we highly encourage you to watch the Becoming One Fairfax—An Introduction to Key Concepts video by clicking here and visit the One Fairfax webpage here.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: Under supervision, this position works as part of a comprehensive adult services program. Many of the duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Conducts investigations in response to reports of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation involving older adults and incapacitated adults in their own homes, community, and facility settings. The investigations include residents of nursing facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, group homes, and participants in day programs.
  • Assesses the need and extent of protective services required and in collaboration with the client, their support systems, and other public and private service providers, arranges for the necessary services to prevent/ameliorate the abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • Conducts comprehensive assessments using the adult protective services risk assessment and the Virginia Uniform assessment instrument (UAI) to evaluate risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and to assess physical health, mental health, cognitive functioning, behavior, functional health, environment, financial situation, and formal/informal support systems.
  • Develops a client-centered, solution- focused Care plan to prevent/ameliorate abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Care plan development may include obtaining input from multidisciplinary teams. The care plan Includes development of formal and informal support systems.
  • Responds to emergency cases to stabilize the situation.
  • Assesses older adults and incapacitated adults who are at imminent risk to self and/or others and works collaboratively in the detention Process with police and community services board staff.
  • Attends court hearings and provides professional testimony.
  • Utilizes state and local data systems for client record keeping, tracking, and interagency collaboration.
  • Serves on interagency, departmental, and community work groups.

This recruitment is open until the position is filled or enough qualified applications have been received. Applications will be screened, and interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis. Also, this recruitment may be used to fill other SSS II vacancies.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree, plus two years of professional social work experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement .

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, a driving record check, and a Child Protective Services check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Two (2) years of experience in Adult Protective Services

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Job requires walking, standing, sitting (for long periods of time), kneeling, reaching, bending, climbing stairs; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel Ability to read data on a computer monitor/screen Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment Ability to enter, retrieve, and use computer data in the execution of job duties Ability to operate a motor vehicle Sufficiently mobile to work with clients, service providers, and community groups outside the office Ability to lift and carry 15 lbs. Ability to work effectively in a variety of work environments Ability to access locations not accessible via public transportation. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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