Social Services Specialist III
Conducts home visits in the Reston/Herndon/Centreville/Chantilly areas. Provides senior-level family support and team leadership functions in the Healthy Families Fairfax program. Adheres to best practice standards for home visiting as set forth by Healthy Families America. As a member of a regionally based public/private service team, conducts regular home visits with families who are assessed to be at the highest risk and/or have the most complex needs. Observes family dynamics to document interaction, identify issues and implement appropriate strategies to address them, including making appropriate referrals for collateral services. Maintains electronic case records documentation. Serves as a representative on workgroups, committees, task forces, and Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division or county initiatives. Prepares and delivers presentations about the Healthy Families Fairfax program to interested professionals and community groups. Mentors other members of the team with regard to best practice, handling emergencies and available resources. Assists coworkers and encourages a collaborative working environment for solving problems or improving work related processes.
Note: This position works out of the Cornerstones Building in Reston under the supervision of the Healthy Families Fairfax Supervisor. A flexible schedule including evening work is required.
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.
Bachelor or master's degree in social work (MSW) or related field. Experience with child welfare and programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect. Knowledge of child development. Clear and concise oral and written communication skills.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Driver's license or ability to efficiently access other means of transportation in order to visit clients in their homes and to meet with community service providers.
Some positions may require oral and written bilingual competency in English and a second language.
Sufficiently mobile to regularly visit family homes, branch offices and community sites.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to operate keyboard driven equipment and input, access and retrieve information from a computer. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
Panel interview; may include a written exercise.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.