Court Liaison Specialist Ii (social Services Specialist Ii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Posted
Jul 31, 2021
Closes
Aug 14, 2021
Ref
21-01523
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is an exciting time to join Fairfax County Government as we shape racial and social equity policies in the county through the One Fairfax Policy. Using this framework, we intentionally consider equity when making policies or delivering programs and services. To learn more, we highly encourage you to watch the Becoming One Fairfax—An Introduction to Key Concepts video by clicking here and visit the One Fairfax webpage here.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: Supports the Department of Family Services (DFS) Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) and is housed within the Foster Care and Adoption (FC&A) Program. We invite you to learn more about DFS and its Mission, Vision, and Values, by clicking here. Under general direction of the FC&A supervisor, the Court Liaison Specialist II is a part-time position (20 hours per week) that supports a full-time Court Liaison Specialist III. This position performs tasks independently to protect children and build family resilience as articulated by local, state and federal policies and laws.

Duties and responsibilities include but not limited to the following:
  • Provides direct social work services including counseling, crisis intervention, mediation and information and referral to children and families referred by the Juvenile Court for potential placement into foster care
  • Attends Family Partnership and Family Resource Meetings as a DFS representative for court involved youth
  • Conducts Pre-Custody Assessments and develops creative community-based plans for youth to divert the need for placement into Foster Care
  • Provides or facilitates formal or informal communication between DFS Staff and the Judges, Attorneys, and Probation Staff to promote positive working relationships and improved service delivery
  • Prepares and presents expert testimony and case recommendations in Juvenile and Circuit Courts in the Court Liaison Specialist III’s absence
  • Assists in collecting, maintaining and interpreting data and statistics regarding children and families served jointly by the Court System and DFS
  • Serves as a consultant to other programs regarding Foster Care and Adoption
  • 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 childhood trauma and attachment
  • 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

Important 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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
None.

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

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's in social work or related field. At least three (3) years of experience in foster care and adoption field or related social services field work and court experience.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
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 and county for client contact, court appearances, and community events. Ability to use automated technology. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include 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.