Arlington, Virginia
$57,387.20 - $87,630.40 Annually
Aug 05, 2020
Aug 29, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This position may be filled at the Trainee or Full Performance level.

This is a re-opening to expand the pool of qualified candidates. If you already applied for this position under the former announcement # 6614-19E-DHS-EM, there is no need to re-apply.

The Child and Family Services Division of the Department of Human Services (DHS) is hiring a Human Services Clinician to provide Child Protective Services (CPS). The work involves investigations, assessments, and the provision of short-term intervention to ensure child safety and well-being as well as to stabilize and support families. This Clinician will be part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team planning, organizing, and coordinating service delivery. The CPS Human Services Clinician serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population.

To learn more about our services, please visit our website.

Duties include:
  • Investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect; which includes interviewing children, parents, and other involved parties in an effort to protect children, preserve families, and reduce the risk of further maltreatment;
  • Performs comprehensive assessments of children and their families, including home visits, to determine risk and safety;
  • Provides emergency crisis intervention to maintain safety and to provide services in the best interest of the youth;
  • Designs and implements safety plans with children and families to reduce risk and enhance safety;
  • Prepares court petitions and testifies in court;
  • Searches for and initiates contact with family members and/or additional supportive adults;
  • Coordinates and facilitates family engagement activities including Family Partnership meetings; and
  • Documents assessments, treatment plans, critical incident reports, detailed case contacts, progress notes, and service plans for court review.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria


Full Performance:
  • A Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline;
  • A clinical practicum in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, child protective services, family preservation, permanency planning, or domestic violence) prior to graduation;
  • Two years of post-Master's degree experience providing professional clinical social work services, one year of which should include experience in a child welfare setting; and
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish

  • A Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline;
  • A clinical practicum in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, child protective services, family preservation, permanency planning, or domestic violence) prior to graduation; and
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish.

* Depending upon qualifications, a training period will be established to last no longer than the equivalent of 24 months. At the end of the training period, the employee must meet experience, training, proficiency and certification requirements for the journey level position. Once the candidate qualifies, the one-year probationary period will begin.

SUBSTITUTION: A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of child welfare work experience. In the case of the substitution, the remainder of the qualifying work experience must have been gained after the higher-level degree was awarded and must be in child welfare.

DESIRABLES: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Performing child protective investigations;
  • Foster care and/or family preservation;
  • Working within the court system;
  • Family group facilitation; and/or
  • Virginia licensed or license-eligible as a clinical social worker.

Special Requirements

An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position(s). The incumbent in the position(s) will receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid driver's license or willingness to use alternative modes of transportation. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. An offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

A state of Virginia Central Registry check will be performed.

Additional Information

This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of Friday, June 12, 2020. Applications submitted by this date will receive first consideration. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted on a continuous basis. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when an enough qualified applications have been received.

Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. After hours and weekend on-call coverage for approximately three-four days per month and as needed with flexibility.

The employee is required to travel daily within Arlington to conduct home visits in the client's homes, to schools, and other collateral sites based on case/client needs and to court to testify on specific cases. Regular travel is also required within and outside the Washington metropolitan area to foster homes and residential treatment sessions.

Full performance salary range; $57,387.20 - $87,630.40
Trainee salary range: $53,393.60 - $81,598.40

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the application process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions.Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


This position requires the completion of a clinical practicum prior to graduation in a child welfare setting. Please provide the following: •Highest level of degree earned: •Discipline of degree: •Date of graduation: •Date(s) of practicum: •Place of practicum: •Complete details and responsibilities of practicum:


Please check ALL boxes which describe your child welfare experience.
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Child Protective Services
  • Domestic Violence
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Family Preservation & Permanency Planning
  • Behavioral health: Alcohol & Other Drugs, Mental Health
  • Family Partnership and group facilitation
  • Working in a court system
  • None of the Above


Please use this opportunity to provide supporting details for all boxes checked in the previous question. Put N/A, if not applicable


If you are currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), please provide the following; What state were you credentialed? What is your license expiration date? If you are currently pursuing licensure, please identify the number of clinical hours you have completed? The total number of clinical supervision hours which remain towards completion of licensure? If you do not have a license nor currently pursuing licensure, please indicate here.


Please describe any experience you have working with Child Protective Services. Put N/A, if not applicable.


If your experience is not clearly reflected in your work history, please explain any qualifying experience for consideration as a candidate for this position. Put N/A if not applicable


This position must be filled by a bilingual candidate and an assessment of fluency in English/Spanish is required. Are you proficient in Spanish to interview, assess the needs of counsel, and refer Spanish speaking individuals who have limited English proficiency and who are facing a crisis?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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