Cps Social Services Specialist Iii (social Services Specialist Iii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Aug 24, 2019
Sep 07, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

As a member of the Department of Family Services (DFS) Child Protective Services (CPS) Program, conducts child abuse and neglect family assessments/investigations; assesses risk and safety; responds to crisis situations; refers families to community resources and supportive services; prepares and files court petitions; collaborates with various multi-disciplinary professionals; and, maintains case documentation through the use of automated systems; participates in required training and professional meetings; serves as a representative on workgroups. Some workloads include non-English speaking families, which requires the social services specialist to be bilingual and/or bicultural or to use translation resources in order to work with a diverse and multi-ethnic population. The department promotes a strengths-based, family-driven approach to working with families. Assists the unit supervisor with providing technical guidance and training to staff; serves as a policy expert in an area of social work specialization; and/or oversees and coordinates a program or project; and performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge in conducting child protective services assessment.
  • Ability to assess safety and risk.
  • Possess critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to guide and direct other staff in the absence of a supervisor.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and keep up with documentation.
To learn more about the DFS Child Protective Services, please click here .

Schedule: Position requires responding to CPS cases outside of traditional business hours, and a flexible schedule, including evening and/or weekend work to meet case management and monitoring responsibilities. In addition, the position requires being part of an on-call rotation that includes evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours which may require immediate response into the field. The regular work schedule for this position will be Monday - Friday, 12:30 pm - 9:00 pm.

Start Date: All applicants selected from this solicitation must successfully complete DFS's Child Welfare Institute program prior to joining their assigned unit.

Note: This job announcement will be used to fill a current and future full-time Social Service Specialist III vacancies within the CPS unit located in Fairfax.

Realistic Job Preview (RJP): The Department of Family Services will host a Realistic Job Preview (RJP) on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in room 628 of the Pennino Building located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. The RJP is an opportunity to hear an overview of the position, learn important aspects of the work, ask questions, and receive an overview of the recruitment process. Attendance is not required to be considered for this position. To register for the RJP, please click here .

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.

Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement .

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 degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in child protective services.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Sufficiently mobile to travel outside the office for client contact, court appearances, community events, and to conduct family assessments and investigations of allegations of child abuse and neglect. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle, and make use of personal vehicle. All duties may be 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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