Foster Care And Adoption Specialist Ii (social Services Specialist Ii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Posted
Aug 06, 2022
Closes
Aug 20, 2022
Ref
22-02177
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides advanced clinical casework services for a caseload of children in foster care and adoption and their parents and caregivers. Casework services are focused on permanency planning through comprehensive assessments, service plan development, identification and implementation of services/resources, crisis intervention and brief counseling. The specialist will submit service plans to court and provide testimony to the court regarding the status of the youth and family towards permanency planning. The specialist records case information in an electronic case management system and completes the required documentation to obtain funding for client services according to state and local policy. The specialist participates in required trainings and meetings, may serve as a representative on workgroups, and may contribute to development of written product. Develops partnerships with community agencies to provide a holistic approach to service delivery, guaranteeing the collaboration and coordination of services offered to foster children and their families. Serves as a leadership role in the team which may include supervising staff in the absence of the supervisor, representing the supervisor in meetings, and training/mentoring new staff.

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree in social work or closely related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in foster care and adoption.

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.

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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be able to lift 40 pounds. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology, including but not limited to computer and cellular phone. Sufficiently mobile to make home visits and attend community events. Ability to operate a motor vehicle to attend home visits, meetings, and training not accessible by public transportation. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

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

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.

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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