Social Services Specialist Ii

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Posted
Sep 14, 2019
Closes
Sep 21, 2019
Ref
19-01691
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is a reannouncement. Applicants who applied previously, do not need to reapply to be considered. The Adult Care Network Unit-Adult Services is an interdisciplinary team that consists of social workers, public health nurses and a mental health therapist. Provides intensive community-based case management services to older adults and adults with disabilities, with the overall goal of maintaining their independence in the community. Assesses clients for long-term care service eligibility, conducts assessments, monitors the provision of in-home services and assesses risks posed to the client. Conducts Adult Protective Services self-neglect investigations on open Adult Services cases. Requires assessment, care planning and coordination skills; the ability to manage competing priorities, and the ability to respond effectively to crisis situations.

Illustrative Duties

  • Conducts comprehensive clinical assessments and prepares and implements service plans;
  • Communicates and works with colleagues, clients and the community in a manner that supports the agency and program goals and objectives;
  • Participates as a contributing member on interagency, multi-disciplinary teams, community groups and professional organizations;
  • Assesses and authorizes purchase of social services to qualifying clients that will help to meet their social, health, emotional and economic needs;
  • Recruits, develops, trains, and monitors individual service providers. Recruits volunteers and manages volunteer services;
  • Uses automated technology and hard copy files to maintain and update case data, notes, documents, records, contacts and summaries of information.
  • Maintains case notes, documents and records, enters and updates case load data, contacts and summaries of information;
  • Performs or reviews initial assessment of client's presenting need and conducts additional assessment as necessary to develop a coordinated service plan that establishes goals, tasks, and time frames with appropriate county and community-based service providers;
  • Addresses, and if necessary diffuses, initial crisis situation with clients, assesses safety issues and refers clients to emergency services as needed (e.g., mental health services, child protective services, adult protective services, women's shelter, homeless shelter);
  • Demonstrates expertise in community service resources to identify, classify and describe services that address a broad array of client service needs-collaborates with service delivery professionals from all disciplines to identify service resource information requirements-translates those requirements into an automated catalog of resources necessary for client referrals and the development of client service plans;
  • Negotiates, facilitates, and coordinates the creative use of limited community-based service alternatives and assists staff from other county human service agencies in creative use of community resources;
  • Consults with community-based organizations (CBO) staff on resources and service strategies that support service area work with individuals and families.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

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


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree, plus two years of professional social work experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Driver's license (required upon hire).

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree in social work (MSW) and experience working with older adults and adults with disabilities.
  • Social work or mental health experience with older adults and adults with disabilities.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience using automated technology and software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. Sufficiently mobile to travel to clients at congregate sites and in the community. Ability to travel throughout Northern Virginia to clients' homes, meetings and trainings which are not accessible through public transportation. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

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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