Cps Social Service Specialist Iii - Evening Shift

Fairfax, Virginia
$62,587.20 - $104,312.00 Annually
May 08, 2021
May 22, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking a full-time Social Services Specialist III 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.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: Under the general supervision of the CPS Supervisor, this position is a member of the Child Protective Services (CPS) Program. To learn about the DFS Child Protective Services, please click here.

SCHEDULE: This position performs the following duties and responsibilities with regular work schedule of Monday thru Friday, 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm:
  • Conducts child abuse and neglect family assessments/investigations
  • Assesses risk and safety and responds to crisis situations
  • Refers families to community resources and supportive services
  • Prepares and files court petitions
  • Collaborates with various multi-disciplinary professionals
  • Maintains case documentation through the use of automated systems
  • Participates in required training and professional meetings
  • Serves as a representative on workgroups
  • Assists the unit supervisor with providing technical guidance and training to staff
  • 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:
  • 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 in conducting child protective services assessments.
  • Ability to assess safety, risk and protective capacity.
  • Possess critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to guide and direct other staff in the absence of a supervisor.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and keep up with documentation.

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 three years of professional social work experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Valid Driver's license.

  • Master's degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree
  • At least two (2) years of experience in child protective services
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a 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).

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 travel outside the office for client contact, court appearances, community events, and to conduct family assessments and investigations of allegations of child abuse and neglect. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle, and make use of personal vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

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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