Benefits & Prescription Access Specialist (human Service Worker Ii)

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$47,617.02 - $79,361.57 Annually
Posted
Sep 25, 2021
Closes
Oct 09, 2021
Ref
21-01978
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Join us, to make a difference in our community. At CSB service sites, conduct in-person and over the phone interviews to identify eligibility for benefits programs, facilitates enrollments, and renewals. Provide follow-up support until determination is made, by working closely with individuals, families, and other service providers. Must have the ability to read, comprehend, apply, and explain standard business material and complex public assistance policies and procedures. Be able to access and evaluate data to ensure that established deadlines are met and prioritize multiple and varied tasks. Along with having excellent customer service skills and the ability to resolve conflicts and think independently.

Note: This job announcement may be used to fill multiple positions.

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Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Maintains knowledge of current public assistance and employment policies and applies, explains and interprets federal, state, and local policies to clients, service providers, attorneys, the public, and other interested parties;
  • Conducts in-depth interviews of clients to determine and reassess eligibility of clients for financial, publicly supported medical services and/or medical public assistance programs;
  • Performs client needs assessments to aid in making appropriate referrals to other services;
  • Works with clients to assist with gathering the information required to establish eligibility;
  • Compiles and maintains data and documents and may prepare written narratives to support eligibility determinations;
  • Ensures timely processing of applications to meet client needs and program policy mandates;
  • Authorizes public assistance (e.g., medical aid, financial assistance, food stamps) based on client circumstances and public assistance program requirements;
  • Uses various forms of automated technology to document, obtain, and verify information, to generate reports, and to authorize benefits and services for clients; providers, attorneys, the public, and other interested parties;
  • Assists clients in obtaining the resources necessary to meet emergency needs;
  • Assists clients in obtaining services and coordinates these with other service providers as needed;
  • Coordinates and manages clients' participation in a variety of services;
  • Participates in case staffing with other County staff or community organizations to assess and address needs of clients;
  • Prepares appeal documents and may represent the agency in administrative appeals filed by clients;
  • Determines client's employment needs in order to develop a plan of service to move them towards self-sufficiency;
  • Provides career counseling;
  • Assists job seekers with job search and resume development;
  • Assists workforce development staff in the operation of employment programs.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of basic human behavior and social problems;
  • Knowledge of complex federal, state and local laws governing public assistance and welfare reform;
  • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex program policies and procedures;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to make mathematical computations;
  • Ability to schedule, organize and manage workload sufficient to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to use automated technology to establish and maintain case records;
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines, computer systems, high volume of client contact, high caseloads, and competing priorities;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, co-workers and other human service providers;
  • Ability to work effectively with people under stress and those from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to maintain professional ethics related to confidentiality of client information;
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to maintain flexibility;
  • Ability to manage a complex caseload;
  • Ability to assess client needs through collection and analysis of employment history and other personal, family and cultural information;
  • Ability to use supportive counseling techniques to enhance and develop clients' problem-solving capabilities.


Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for: Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to:)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree, plus one year of professional work experience in human services or a related field.

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.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire.

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

  • 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Experience with and knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing eligibility for public benefits and prescription assistance.
  • Experience with and the ability to read, comprehend, apply and explain standard business material and complex public assistance policies and procedures.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications.
  • Concise oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with accessing and evaluating data to ensure that established deadline are met.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple and varied tasks.
  • Proven skills in providing excellent customer service.
  • Resolves conflicts and has the ability to think independently.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Job is generally sedentary in nature. Ability to read data on computer monitor, communicate with others by phone, operate keyboard driven equipment, and lift up to 15 lbs. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include a 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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