Social Services Specialist Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Jul 07, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Provides ongoing support for foster families certified through the Department of Family Services (DFS). In collaboration with case carrying specialist, placement coordinators, and mutual family assessment specialists, this position specifically provides support to foster parents regarding grief and loss, permanency goals, bridging the gap, parenting challenges, transitions and trauma. This support is provided through face to face contact and telephone calls. Position is responsible for reapproving foster homes every three (3) years and monitoring home for compliance pertaining to state and federal requirements. This position requires carrying a cell phone to respond to after-hours emergencies where there is a need to identify homes for children separated from their family of origin and crisis or challenges that occur in foster homes. Position also performs other duties as assigned and requires some weekend, holiday and after-hours work.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities include:
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service internally with the agency as well as with community partners and foster parents.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to use automated technology.
  • Well-developed listening, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, assessment and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to learn retain and apply state and federal laws and policies for foster home providers.

Note: This job announcement will be used to fill a current and future full-time Social Service Specialist III vacancies.

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, psychology or other related field.
  • At least three (3) 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.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Ability to transport training materials and equipment. Ability to operate a motor vehicle to make home visits and attend community events not accessible via public transportation. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds. All duties may be 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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