Neighborhood Networks Social Services Specialist Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$56,816.03 - $94,693.25 Annually
May 01, 2021
May 15, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking two (2) full-time Neighborhood Networks Social Services Specialist II’s to support the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF). These positions will be stationed in the Reston & Annandale Regions. 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 job announcement may be used to also fill future full-time Social Services Specialist II positions for the Neighborhood Networks program located in other DFS regions.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: Under general direction of the Neighborhood Networks Social Services Supervisor, the Social Services Specialist II performs tasks independently to protect children and build family resilience as articulated by local, state, and federal policies and laws. The SSS II position reports to the Neighborhood Networks units within the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Services Program and performs the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Provides wrap around case management services to families identified and referred by partner Fairfax County Public elementary schools and community partners as needing additional supports
  • Works in coordination with the schools and other professionals to assist families and children to increase their natural networks of support, raise the level of family functioning and strengthen family relationships to ensure family stability and promote the success of their school-age children
  • Assess and addresses immediate crisis needs
  • Conducts a comprehensive assessment of families' strengths and needs
  • Coordinates and participates in family service planning meetings, where the family develops goals
  • Supports the family by implementing service plans with measurable goals and objectives
  • Supports families to overcome barriers and achieve improvement in functioning
  • Refers, arranges, and advocates for services that the family needs
  • Conducts home visits with families for the purpose of assessment and monitoring of services and outcomes
  • Works with the family to develop a natural support system which may include both formal and informal supports
  • Participates in multi-disciplinary team meetings held at Fairfax County schools
  • Enters client information into computer systems while maintaining client records
  • Utilizes social work tools such as but not limited to genograms, ecomaps, and financial worksheets
  • Works a flexible schedule to include evenings and weekends dependent upon the needs of the program
  • May 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):
  • Ability to interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resources as needed
  • 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 based on such information
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • 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.

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 .

Valid Driver's license.

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) or a related human services degree.
  • Prior experience in child welfare. Child welfare is the continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for their children successfully.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams and networking to access community-based resources.
  • Experience with school personnel; either working with or collaborating with them.

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

Ability to lift up to 30 lbs. Ability to operate a motor vehicle to attend meetings, community events and client visits located in areas not accessible via public transportation. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Work requires performing tasks with risks of secondary traumatic stress (STS). Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations. 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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