Child Protective Services (cps) Sexual Abuse Specialist Iii (social Services Specialist Iii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Posted
Sep 17, 2022
Closes
Oct 01, 2022
Ref
22-02653
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking a full-time Child Protective Services (CPS) Sexual Abuse Specialist III to support the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). If you are looking to work in a diverse community to strengthen the well-being of children and families, then this opportunity may be ideal for you. We invite you to learn more about DFS and its Mission, Vision, and Values, by clicking here.

Please note: this requisition may be used to fill other vacant CPS Sexual Abuse Specialist III positions in the Division of Children, Youth and Families.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: The CPS Sexual Abuse Specialist III is a member of the Child Protective Services (CPS) Program. To learn more about the DFS Child Protective Services, please click here. This position promotes a strengths-based, family-driven approach to working with families and Performs the following duties and responsibilities under the general supervision of the CPS Supervisor:

  • Conducts child sexual abuse and neglect family assessments/investigations
  • Assesses risk and safety
  • Responds to crisis situations
  • Refers families to community resources and supportive services
  • Prepares and files court petitions
  • Collaborates with various multi-disciplinary professionals
  • Maintains case documentation using automated computer systems
  • Participates in required training and professional meetings and serves as a representative on workgroups
  • Assists the CPS supervisor with providing technical guidance and training to staff
  • Serves as a policy expert in an area of social work specialization and/or coordinates a program or project
  • Participates as a team member in the continuous improvement of service delivery to children and families
  • Be a participating member of the SafeSpot/child advocacy center multidisciplinary team
  • Attends monthly Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meetings. Participates in training of MDT members
  • Obtains forensic interview training certification and subsequent related training
  • Participates in peer reviews
  • Works in collaboration with law enforcement and Inova Fairfax hospital staff in the conducting of SANE exams
  • Represents the agency's sexual abuse unit in the county including community and professional training regarding issues of sexual abuse
  • Be part of an on-call rotation that includes evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours which may require immediate response into the field
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families

Important Note: All Fairfax County Government employees are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct. In maintaining a drug free workplace, employees are prohibited from manufacturing, distributing, possessing, using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while at work or on county premises.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)

  • Contributes to the development of protocols, policies, procedures, grants and contracts for a social services program, department, and other entities;
  • Manages service contracts and provide and directs other contract-related functions;
  • Assists the supervisor in planning and carrying out training for new staff, providing guidance to staff. May directly supervise staff, and covers for the supervisor in their absence;
  • Serves as a policy expert in an area of social work specialization;
  • Coordinates or oversees the daily activities of a program or project to include staff supervision, oversight of administrative functions/requirements associated with the program or project, evaluation of the program or project for its impact/effectiveness, and making recommendations for changes or improvements;
  • Conducts comprehensive clinical assessments and prepares and implements service plans;
  • Works with clients to develop a plan of service to meet social, health, emotional and economic needs. With the client, formulates objectives and identifies actions to resolve the clients' problems;
  • Conducts home visits to families for the purpose of monitoring, counseling and supervision;
  • Provides crisis intervention on a timely basis to clients or families whose well being is seriously and immediately threatened, to include Child Protective Services after-hours;
  • Conducts mediation services to families in conflict;
  • Makes assessment of risks posed to clients in accordance with state and local policies, and works to ensure risks are eliminated or minimized;
  • Performs emergency removal of children from their homes when required, places children in foster homes and residential programs, and coordinates services for them as needed;
  • Represents the agency in court proceedings; prepares testimony and testifies in Juvenile, Circuit, Criminal, Civil and Federal Courts;
  • Works with the community to identify families, children and individuals needing services and to coordinate these services using a wrap-around approach;
  • Advocates and assists families and individuals in obtaining services (e.g., mental health, intellectual disability, alcohol and drug, housing referrals, home based services, training and medical services);
  • Communicates and works with colleagues, clients and the community in a manner that supports the agency and program goals and objectives;
  • Participates as a contributing member on interagency, multi-disciplinary teams, community groups and professional organizations;
  • Collaborates and contributes to child specific teams on non-agency cases as assigned to assist in identifying community resources and services for families;
  • Participates, collaborates and contributes to Comprehensive Services Act activities for families on caseload;
  • Provides training and education on a variety of social work topics;
  • Uses automated technology and hard copy files to maintain and update case data, notes, documents, records, contacts and summaries of information;
  • Manages and maintains program data and outcomes.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of social work;
  • Thorough knowledge of current social service problems and methods/approaches to address issues;
  • Thorough knowledge of regulations and guidelines relating to the assigned area of social service specialization;
  • Knowledge of casework supervision practices and procedures;
  • Ability to analyze case information and to reach sound decisions on the basis of such information;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to use automated technology to establish and maintain case records;
  • Ability to maintain professional ethics and confidentiality of client information;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals.;
  • Ability to schedule and manage workload sufficiently to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to provide guidance, direction, supervision and coaching to less-experienced staff;
  • Ability to provide management and oversight of a program or project.


Employment Standards

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

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:

Valid driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and a Child Protective Services check.

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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in child protective services.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS). Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations. Sufficiently mobile to travel outside the office for client contact, court appearances, community events, and to conduct family assessments and investigations of allegations of child abuse or neglect. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and make use of personal vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview, may include written 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.