Family Engagement Supervisor (social Services Supervisor)

Fairfax, Virginia
$68,720.08 - $114,533.12 Annually
Mar 06, 2021
Mar 20, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

This job announcement is being re-advertised. If you previously applied to req# 20-01470 you do not need to reapply in order to be considered.

The Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking a full-time Family Engagement Supervisor to support the Division of Children, Youth and Families. If you are looking to work in a diverse community to strengthen the well-being of children and families, then this opportunity may be ideal for you. We invite you to learn more about DFS and its Mission, Vision, and Values, by clicking here

ABOUT THE POSITION: The Family Engagement Supervisor plays a vital role to bring together families and their extended supportive networks to make decisions regarding the safety, stability, and well-being of their children. This position sits under the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). Under general guidance of the family engagement program manager, this position leads a team of social services specialists and performs the below duties and responsibilities:
  • Supervises social services specialists to include conducting one on one and group supervision, unit meetings, ensuring work is performed in a timely and accurate manner and assigning duties as appropriate
  • Conducts performance appraisals and motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance; participates in the hiring and disciplinary processes
  • Plans, assigns, reviews, and manages the work and day to day activities of the Family Engagement Meeting Facilitation unit
  • Monitors and ensures that the values and principles of the identified family engagement model are preserved for families referred for intervention to enhance engagement and strengthen the Department's ability to partner with families for the safety and permanency of children
  • Provides direction, support, guidance and training on policy and best practices for Family Engagement Meetings to include Family Partnership and Child and Family Team Meetings (CFTM) to all programs within CYF
  • Develops and updates policies and protocols for the convening of Family Engagement Meetings, infusing the philosophy into daily social work practice
  • Works with other Fairfax County Human Services Agencies within the Systems of Care/Healthy Minds Fairfax structure to collaborate and infuse the practice of Family Engagement system wide
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families

KNOWELDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES: The appointee for this position must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of regulations and guidelines relating to the assigned area of social service specialization
  • Knowledge of family engagement theory and strength base approach
  • Ability to use automated technology to include OASIS to maintain meeting records
  • Ability to lead and provide supervision within a team structure
  • Familiarity of Child Welfare Services and Comprehensive Services Act
  • Ability to manage and coach around conflict resolution
  • Ability to apply and model practice of family engagement and involvement of family in making decision regarding their children
  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary approach to service planning

Note: All Fairfax County Government employees are expected to adhere to the Standards of Conduct. In maintaining a drug free workplace, employees are prohibited from manufacturing, distributing, possessing, using or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while at work or on county premises.

Schedule: A flexible schedule including evening and/or weekend will be required.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree; plus four years of increasingly responsible, directly-related professional experience in the social services or human services field. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of required experience.

  • Valid driver's license
  • State Family Engagement and Facilitation (Required within 6 months)

  • Master's degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional social or human services work including but not limited to: trauma, aggression, denial, depression, physical injury, family/societal influences and actions, intervention techniques, engaging involuntary clients including alleged abusers and caretakers of victim children, conflict resolution, and, the legal system.
  • At least two (2) years of experience in child welfare.
  • Demonstrated a year of supervisory experience or overseeing the work of staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, Child Protective Services check, and a driving record check.

This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).


Sufficiently mobile to travel outside the office to trainings, meetings and community events. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Panel interview, may include practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran 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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