Cps Lead Specialist (social Services Specialist Iii)

Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Salary
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Posted
Jan 14, 2023
Closes
Feb 24, 2023
Ref
23-00179
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position includes a signing bonus of $2,500 (full-time) for new county hires.

Appointees to this position are eligible for an environmental stipend. This stipend will be paid out at a rate of $138.46 per pay period and will be in effect until further evaluation of the position class warrants other considerations.

Join a team that works with families and children to improve lives in meaningful and significant ways. Working within Child Protective Services (CPS), you will engage with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthen families so they can safely care for their children. Practitioners in the Division of Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) relentlessly pursue safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families. This life-changing work involves taking decisive and appropriate actions when a child needs protection, analyzing complex information, and employing intervention services and strategies to determine the best outcomes for children. Lead specialists assist the unit supervisor in guiding and supporting other specialists in the team. Learn more about the culture of DFS, meet our director and some of our employees, watch videos about our programs, and check out the great health benefits offered by Fairfax County.

Grow your career with Fairfax County!
With more than 16,000 employees, Fairfax County is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging opportunities across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a Fairfax County employee, you impact the well-being of our community every day.

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.

The Department of Family Services (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.

Work hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however, evening and/or weekend work as well as being part of an on-call rotation for CPS are required. Watch this short video to gain more insight about this position.

Duties of the CPS SSS III include:
  • Investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect, which includes interviewing children, parents, and other involved parties
  • Uses child welfare framework to perform comprehensive assessments of children and their families, including home visits to determine risk and safety
  • Responds to and provides emergency crisis intervention to maintain child safety and well-being
  • Designs and implements safety plans with children and families to enhance safety and reduce risk and further maltreatment
  • Documents assessments, investigations, safety plans, critical incident reports, detailed case contacts, progress notes, and service plans
  • Prepares court petitions and testifies in court
  • Collaborates with various multi-disciplinary professionals and facilitates family engagement activities
  • Provides supervisory assistance in the absence of the unit supervisor. Duties include but not limited to staffing cases and guiding specialists in responding to child abuse and neglect referrals, developing work plans and drafting of court paperwork, and communicating with managers/directors and community stakeholders about cases
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families and improve outcomes in families

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of child protection laws, rules, and regulations
  • Knowledge of conducting child protective services assessment and investigation
  • Knowledge of foster care and adoption laws, rules, and regulations
  • Ability to interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resource as needed
  • Knowledge in conducting child protective services assessments
  • Ability to assess safety, risk, and protective capacity
  • Possess critical thinking skills and ability to apply critical thinking and knowledge and research
  • Ability to meet deadlines and keep up with documentation
  • Ability to work collaboratively with families to identify solutions to specific issues and/or challenges such as parenting, behavior management, childcare, financial stability, housing, mental health, substance abuse, etc.
  • Requires the ability to develop goals and to use decision-making tools and resources for the safety and well-being of children

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.

Employment Standards

MINIMIMUM 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, a 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
  • Experience in performing child protective investigations, foster care and/or family preservation
  • Experience in working with the court system and family group facilitation
  • Experience in performing case management services in a child welfare setting (child protective services, foster care, adoption, family prevention, permanency planning, or domestic/sexual violence)

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 and 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 accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview, may include practical exercise.

This job announcement is listed with a closing date of 2/24/23 and interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process may close prior to the currently advertised closing date when the position has been filled.

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 are committed to providing county services to individuals regardless of English proficiency. Qualified candidates who are bilingual in English and another language are encouraged to apply for this job 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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