Social Services Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Jun 27, 2022
Jul 02, 2022
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works as part of the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) to recruit prospective foster families. DFS is committed to strengthening the well-being of its diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of all children, adults, and families through assistance, partnership, advocacy, outreach, and quality services. To learn more about DFS and its Mission, Vision, and Values, please click here.

Do you enjoy networking and chatting with everyone you meet? Are you outgoing, passionate, and energetic? Do you have a talent for creativity? The Foster Care and Adoption (FC&A) Resource and Support Program is seeking an enthusiastic individual to be the face of our program to advocate for the children in foster care. This Social Services Specialist II (SSS II) will be responsible for building and enhancing community relationships with internal and external partners to include: meeting, greeting, and educating members of the community who are curious about our foster care and adoption program; and partnering with outside organizations and special interest groups specific to foster and kinship caregivers. A candidate who is successful in this position will feel comfortable speaking to the public, preparing and delivering presentations, trainings, and workshops to community stakeholders on DFS’s recruitment efforts. They will utilize cultural humility to train and develop partners in recruiting a diverse pool of foster families to meet the unique needs of the children who have been separated from their birth families. Given the nature of this work, the SSS II works flexible hours, which may include evenings and weekends. This position will spend much of their time out in the community so an independent work ethic is a must.

Please take a few minutes to learn more about our Foster Care and Adoption Program by viewing this video.

Under general direction of the Foster Care & Adoption Supervisor, the Social Services Specialist performs the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Responds to public inquiries about foster care and adoption
  • Attends speaking engagements as a representative of the agency to educate families and community partners about foster care and the need for foster parents
  • Facilitates information sessions for prospective foster and adoptive parent applicants in a group format (both virtual and in-person)
  • Identifies opportunities for partnerships and collaboration with community organization to include (faith based, civic groups, corporate, and small businesses) to aid in recruitment of prospective foster families
  • Completes assessments of individuals and couples on their suitability to fulfill responsibilities of a foster/adoptive family while visiting prospective foster parents and foster parent applicants in their homes
  • Stays abreast of marketing techniques to include social media, web pages, list serves, etc. to create recruitment strategies
  • Partners with DFS Communication to create visibility in various media outlets about the need for foster families
  • Collects, monitors, and analyzes data to determine the changing needs of the agency
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families

Effective July 2, 2022, compensation plans will be increased by 4.01% (market rate adjustment).

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Employment Standards

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.

Valid driver's license.

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.

This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).

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.

  • Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) or in a related field
  • At least four (4) years of work experience in Child Welfare
  • Experience working with individuals and families from diverse multi-cultural populations and facilitating community outreach

Ability to operate a motor vehicle to attend home visits, community events, meetings, and training not accessible by public transportation. Sufficiently mobile to make home visits and attend community events Ability to lift community education and recruitment supplies (up to 30 lbs). Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations. Ability to set up training rooms for events which includes moving tables, chairs, and lifting supplies needed for the event. Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS). All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include presentation 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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