Protection and Preservation Services Program (PPS) Social Services Specialist III

$61,299.89 - $102,166.48 Annually
Mar 11, 2019
Mar 22, 2019
Full Time
This position is part of the Protection and Preservation Services (PPS) Program assigned to the Annandale regional office. Provides clinical casework services for a caseload of children at risk of abuse or neglect and their parents or caretakers. Casework responsibilities include, but are not limited to, completion of comprehensive assessments and service plans, care coordination, crisis intervention, and brief counseling. Attends court hearings and provides professional and legal testimony as needed. Completes casework and documentation in compliance with federal, state and local policies and procedures. Develops partnerships with community agencies to provide a holistic approach to service delivery, guaranteeing collaboration and coordination of services offered to children and their families. Coordinates and attends intra-agency and inter-agency meetings. Uses automated information systems to maintain case documentation.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work;
  • Ability to analyze case information and to reach sound decisions on the basis of such information;
  • Ability to maintain professional ethics and confidentiality of client information;
  • 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 communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to use automated technology to establish and maintain case records;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;
  • Ability to schedule and manage workload sufficiently to meet deadlines.
Schedule: A flexible schedule including evening, weekend and on-call work is required.

Note: This announcement may be used to fill future job openings in any of the offices located in Annandale, Reston, Alexandria, and Fairfax. Employment Standards EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:
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.

Driver's license required upon hire.

  • Master's degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree.
  • Experience in child welfare.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Appointee must 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 attend home visits, court, and meetings and community events outside the office. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Sufficiently mobile to travel outside the office for client contact, meetings, and to work with community groups. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include 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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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