Social Services Specialist Iii

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
Sep 08, 2019
Sep 21, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Challenging opportunity to work in Adult Protective Services (APS) as part of the comprehensive Adult and Aging program, working from the Fairfax, Virginia office. Conducts investigations in response to reports of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of older adults and incapacitated adults to include institutional investigations. Assesses the need and extent of protective services required, and in collaboration with the client, their support systems, and other public and private service providers arranges for the necessary services to prevent/ameliorate the abuse, neglect or exploitation. Assesses the need for Guardianship/Conservatorship and facilitates the process to include medical documentation, preparation of information required for petitions, testimony in court and advocacy. Assesses the need for mental health intervention, assists with the mental health detention process and testifies in the legal hearings. Serves as a consultant, trainer and policy expert for other social services specialists in the region. Makes public presentations to human service agencies and community organizations to promote awareness of services available to prevent and address abuse, neglect and/or exploitation of older adults and incapacitated adults. Provides assistance to the unit supervisor and serves as acting supervisor in his/her absence.

Note: this announcement will be used to fill multiple positions across Fairfax County.

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).
  • Education or experience in law, nursing, psychology, or other related field.
  • Professional advocacy and/or ombudsman experience.
  • Experience in the field of aging and/or long-term care.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of frail adults, services targeted for them, and regulations that apply.
  • Experience and/or interest in governmental policy and legislative advocacy work; training, public education and negotiation skills.
  • Proficient in the use of computers and databases; experience with database management software and Microsoft Office Suite applications (i.e., MS Word, Excel, and Access).
  • Clear and concise oral and written communication skills and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Detail-oriented and organized person with high-level skills in public speaking, networking, coordinating, data entry and multi-tasking.
Sufficiently mobile to work with clients, service providers, and community groups outside the office in areas not accessible via public transportation. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Ability to operate a motor vehicle. All duties may be 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 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.

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