Social Services Specialist Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$61,299.89 - $102,166.48 Annually
May 25, 2019
Jun 11, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

This position works from the Pennino Building located in Fairfax and will support the Children, Youth and Families Division of the
Foster Care and Adoption Resource and Support Program. Provides pre-service training for prospective foster families. Responds to inquiries from the community about foster care and adoption. Conducts orientation meetings for potential foster and adoptive families at the agency and with community partners. Visits foster parent applicants in their homes to determine participation in a multi-session group preparation process to assure development of foster parent competencies; applies clinical knowledge in assessing families' strengths and challenges with regard to foster parenting; prepares written documentation that describes the applicants' potential abilities to foster parent and to meet Virginia State Standards for Approved Agency Providers; makes recommendations for certification as a foster parent. Prepares prospective foster parent applicants during the home study process through ongoing assessment and intervention to address clinical issues. Works collaboratively with agency staff and other community professionals. Participates as a team member for permanency planning for children and youth, ages 0-20 in foster care. Strategizes and links resources to prospective foster and adoptive families. Uses automated technology to maintain client data, case records, and correspondence. Maintains training data. Prepares statistics, financial paperwork and reports to be in compliance with county and state regulations. Participates in activities to support foster parents. Participates as a member of workgroups to implement changes related to county, regional, and statewide initiatives. Must demonstrate the use of appropriate judgment to be given responsibility for managing complex and/ or crisis situations.

  • Ability to provide excellent customer service internally with the agency as well as with community partners.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use automated technology.
  • Well-developed listening, creative problem-solving, and decision making skills.
  • Ability to learn, retain, and apply both state and federal law and policy for foster home providers.
Schedule: A flexible schedule, including evening and/or weekend work is required to meet the responsibilities of this position.

Note: All applicants selected from this solicitation will start on September 3, 2019 and must successfully complete DFS's Child Welfare Institute program prior to joining their assigned unit.

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.

  • 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.
  • Master's in social work.
  • At least three years of foster case and adoption case management experience, child welfare, school and/or home visits.
  • At least 1 year working with a court system, and managing the work of less experienced staff.
  • High degree of bilingual competency in English and Spanish.
Ability to lift training materials and manuals. Ability to set up training rooms includes moving tables, chairs, and lifting training materials and supplies. Sufficiently mobile to make home visits and attend community events. Ability to operate a motor vehicle to attend home visits, meetings, and training not accessible by public transportation. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview; may include 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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