Arlington, Virginia
May 19, 2017
May 26, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES HUMAN SERVICES CLINICIAN II/TRAINEE Closing Date/Time: Thu. 05/25/17 11:59 PM Eastern Time Salary: $55,660.80 - $85,051.20 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia       Note: This position may be filled at the trainee level or full performance level depending upon the post-Master's degree qualifying experience of the applicant.

The Child and Family Services Division in the Department of Human Services is filling a Human Services Clinician position providing Child Protective Services (CPS). The work involves investigations, assessments, and short term interventions to ensure child safety and well-being and to stabilize and support families. The CPS Human Services Clinician serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population.

Duties at the full performance level include:
  • Leads multi-disciplinary treatment team in planning, organizing, and coordinating service delivery;
  • Evaluates youth and family environments to determine risk and safety;
  • Conducts home visits to assess families;
  • Provides emergency, crisis intervention as needed to maintain safety and to provide for the best interest of the youth;
  • Participates in court testimony;
  • Designs and implements treatment plans with children and families to reduce risk and enhance safety;
  • Searches for and initiates contact with family members and/or additional supportive adults;
  • Educates the community regarding CPS and mandated reporter training;
  • Coordinates and facilitates family engagement activities including Family Partnership Meetings; and
  • Completes administrative program requirements including critical incident reports, detailed case contacts, progress notes, and service plans for court reviews.

 Selection Criteria: Minimums: Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline which required a clinical practicum prior to graduation in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, child protective services, family preservation & permanency planning, domestic violence, housing & homelessness, behavioral health to include alcohol & other drugs, or mental health). The clinical practicum should have involved diagnostic, treatment and case management services.

Full Performance: Two years of post-Master's degree experience providing professional clinical social work services, one year of which should include experience in a child welfare setting.

Trainee: Less than two years of post-Master's degree experience providing professional clinical social work services, one year of which should include experience in a child welfare setting. If a trainee is hired, depending on qualifications, a training period will be established to last no longer than the equivalent of two years. At the end of the training period, employee must meet experience, training and proficiency requirements for the journey level position. Once the candidate qualifies, the probationary period will begin.

Substitution:  A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement plus one year of general social work experience. The qualifying work experience must have been gained after the higher level degree was awarded and must be in child welfare.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Working with the court system;
  • Experience with clinical treatment methods, including assessment and treatment planning;
  • Group facilitation, specifically, family group conferencing or family group decision-making; and/or
  • Virginia licensed or license-eligible as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

 Special Requirements: Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. An offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. Applicant may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain background information.

The employee is required to travel daily within Arlington to private homes to investigate child abuse/neglect allegations, to court to testify on specific cases, and to public/community centers to present training sessions. Regular travel is also required within and outside the Washington metropolitan area to foster homes and residential treatment sessions.
 Additional Information: Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend on-call coverage for approximately one week in every 28 weeks will be required.

The salary above is for a position filled at the full performance level.

The Trainee level salary is: $51,812.80 - $79,164.80

Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


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