Befriend-a-child Coordinator (social Services Specialist Iii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$63,213.07 - $105,355.12 Annually
Sep 25, 2021
Oct 09, 2021
Full Time
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Works as part of the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) to manage the daily operations of the Befriend-A-Child mentoring programs. DFS is committed to strengthening the well-being of its diverse community by protecting and improving the lives of all children, adults, and families through assistance, partnership, advocacy, outreach, and quality services. To learn more about DFS and its Mission, Vision, and Values, please click here . The Befriend-A-Child programs serves children ages 5-12 who are at risk of abuse or neglect or who have been abused or neglected. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however, evening and weekend work is required. Traveling to outside or within DFS sites is required.

Under the direction and supervision of the Volunteer and Partner Services (VPS) Director, the Befriend-A-Child Coordinator carries out the below duties and responsibilities:

  • Develops requested presentations in the community, responds to inquiries from the public in addition to educating CYF staff on referring clients to the program
  • Conducts interviews, background checks and completes a written assessment of applicants who desire to be mentors along with providing preparation of applicants prior to their match with a mentee
  • Manages mentor/mentee matches
  • Trains new volunteers, organizes and provides ongoing support and guidance between mentors and the referring staff
  • Coordinates and attends monthly weekend activities (social/educational/experiential) for youth and mentors in the program
  • Uses automated technology to maintain client data, records, and correspondence
  • Tracks program expenditures and establishes partnerships with businesses, individuals, and organizations that are willing to sponsor activities for the Befriend-A-Child program
  • Attends VPS events including holiday and Volunteer & Partner Recognition
  • Uses appropriate judgment for managing complex and/or crisis situations
  • Works collaboratively with staff from the other CYF programs
  • Assists with other programs in VPS, including facilitation of the Body Safety Program and management of the volunteer database system (VMS)
  • Performs other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families and improve outcomes in families

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.

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.

Experience in child welfare. Knowledge of child development. Experience working with groups of children and/or adults. Experience with community organization or establishing community partnerships. Experience managing volunteers.

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

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Ability to lift up to 20 lbs Ability to stand for 2 hours at a time 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 Sufficiently mobile to attend meeting and make presentations outside the office Ability to use automated technology The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 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 military status 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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