Pps Social Services Specialist Ii

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Reston, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
Apr 03, 2021
Apr 16, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works as a full-time Protection and Preservation Services (PPS) Specialist II to support the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). 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.

Please note: this requisition will be used to fill multiple Social Services Specialist II positions in the Division of CYF.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: The PPS Specialist II is a member of the Child Protective Services (CPS)/Protection and Preservation Services (PPS) Program and performs the following duties and responsibilities under the general supervision of the PPS Supervisor:
  • Provides clinical casework services for a caseload of children (and their families) who have experienced abuse/neglect or who are at-risk of abuse/neglect
  • Casework responsibilities include but are not limited to completion of comprehensive assessments and service plans, care coordination, crisis intervention, and brief counseling
  • Attends court hearings and provides professional and legal testimony as needed. Completes casework and documentation in compliance with federal, state, and local policies and procedures
  • Develops partnerships with community agencies to provide a holistic approach to service delivery, guaranteeing collaboration and coordination of services offered to children and their families
  • Coordinates and attends intra-agency and inter-agency meetings
  • Uses automated information systems to maintain case documentation
  • Travels throughout the County for the provision of services
  • Responds to cases outside of traditional business hours
  • Be part of an on-call rotation that includes evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours which may require immediate response into the field
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The appointee for this position must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA):

  • Knowledge of child protection laws, rules, and regulations
  • Knowledge of foster care and adoption laws, rules, and regulations
  • Ability to interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resource as needed
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work
  • Knowledge of current social service problems and methods/approaches to address issues
  • 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.

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.

Employment Standards

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.

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in child welfare
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience with diverse multicultural population
  • At least one (1) year of experience working in a public, state, or local social services agency

Valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background, a driving record check, and a Child Protective Services check to the satisfaction of the employer.

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).

  • Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS).
  • Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations.
  • Sufficiently mobile to attend home visits, court, meetings, and community events outside the office.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use automated technology.
  • All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and 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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