Social Services Specialist Ii - Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Services Program

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Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Posted
Jan 21, 2023
Closes
Feb 03, 2023
Ref
23-00234
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

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

The Body Safety Support Specialist supports 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 and builds partnerships within the community, 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.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: Under general direction of the Supervisor of Volunteer and Partner Services, the Body Safety Support Specialist (Social Services Specialist II) position performs tasks independently to protect children and build family resilience as articulated by local, state, and federal policies and laws. This position is a member of the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Services Program. Duties include:
  • Delivers body safety curriculum throughout the county to school-aged children and their parents in both English and Spanish.
  • Supports the Body Safety Program Coordinator with all functions related to the Body Safety Program, which include managing partner relationships with Fairfax County Public Schools and community partners; and scheduling volunteers to teach the body safety curriculum.
  • Recruits, interviews, assesses, and trains applicants who desire to be a volunteer facilitator with the program.
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships with county agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, and the community.
  • Participates in special events to publicize and promote public education activities and the VPS Program.
  • Conducts outreach to specifically increase and recruit bilingual (Spanish/English) speaking volunteers for VPS Programs.
  • Works collaboratively and maintains partnerships with volunteers, partners and staff from the other Children, Youth and Families programs.
  • Uses automated technology to maintain client data, records, and correspondence.
  • Assists in evaluating and updating program policies and procedures to ensure adherence to best practice.
  • Maintains records for state, local and county policy requirements.
  • Participates in agency workgroups related to volunteer engagement and interagency collaboration.
  • Assists with VPS special events and activities.
  • May be part of a rotation that responds to child abuse and neglect referrals.
  • Assists VPS Team members with the development and coordinating of volunteer events; managing the VPS donations and requests; and assisting with the gift card tracking system,
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families.
  • Position requires regular travel throughout Fairfax County as well as occasional evening and weekend hours.


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.

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.)

Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work;
Knowledge of current social service problems and methods/approaches to address issues;
Knowledge of regulations and guidelines relating to the assigned area of social service specialization;
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.

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 the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, driving record check, and a Child Protective Services check.

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 closely related field.
  • Strong organizational, writing and critical thinking skills
  • Experience working in Child Welfare (child protective services, foster care & adoption, child abuse prevention, or family support & preservation).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sufficiently mobile to travel throughout the Northern Virginia region, to make presentations, attend meetings and events outside the office. Ability to use automated technology. Clear and concise oral and written communication skills. Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS). Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include 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 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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