Social Services Specialist Ii

Location
Annandale Va 22003, Virginia
Salary
$57,384.29 - $95,640.27 Annually
Posted
Oct 02, 2021
Closes
Nov 03, 2021
Ref
21-01665
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Works as part of the Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) to provide clinical casework services to stabilize and support families experiencing abuse/neglect or at-risk of further abuse/neglect. 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.

Works as a member of the Protection and Preservation Services (PPS) and will report to the Annandale unit. Work hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., however, evening and/or weekend work is required as well as being part of an on-call rotation for CPS that includes evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours which may require immediate response into the field are required.

Duties of the SSS II include:
  • Uses child welfare framework to perform comprehensive assessments of children and their families, including home visits. Areas of assessment include child abuse and neglect; parenting capacity; family relationships; mental health, substance abuse, and developmental concerns; social supports; physical health challenges and disabilities; and basic needs including shelter, food, and clothing
  • Collaborates with the parents/caretakers, key members of the family, and children, if appropriate, to develop a service plan to ensure children’s safety and reduce risk of future harm to children
  • Collaborates with the family and multidisciplinary team to coordinate casework services and ensure progress towards achieving service plan goals
  • Coordinates care and delivery of services such as financial, food, shelter, and housing assistance; psychiatric, psychological, or mental health evaluations; and domestic violence interventions to family members
  • Responds to and provides crisis intervention to maintain child safety and well-being
  • Documents assessments, critical incident reports, detailed case contacts, progress notes, and service plans
  • Prepares court petitions and testifies in court
  • Collaborates with various multi-disciplinary professionals and facilitates family engagement activities
  • 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 conducting child protective services assessment and investigation
  • Knowledge of foster care and adoption laws, rules, and regulations
  • Ability to interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resource as needed
  • Ability to assess safety, risk, and protective capacity
  • Possess critical thinking skills and ability to apply critical thinking and knowledge and research
  • Ability to meet deadlines and keep up with documentation
  • Ability to work collaboratively with families to identify solutions to specific issues and/or challenges such as parenting, behavior management, childcare, financial stability, housing, mental health, substance abuse, etc.
  • Requires the ability to develop goals and to use decision-making tools and resources for the safety and well-being of children

This recruitment is open until the position is filled or enough qualified applications have been received. Applications will be screened, and interviews will be conducted on a continuous basis. Also, this recruitment will be used to fill other SSS II vacancies within the Division of Children, Youth and 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

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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED
Valid driver's license.

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

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated 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 religious reasons will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Otherwise, vaccinated employees will complete the attestation online in the first day of employment.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline
  • Experience in performing child protective investigations, foster care and/or family preservation
  • Experience in working with the court system and family group facilitation
  • Bilingual: English/Spanish
  • Experience in performing case management services in a child welfare setting (child protective services, foster care, adoption, family prevention, permanency planning, or domestic/sexual violence)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sufficiently mobile to attend home visits, court, meetings, and community events outside the office. 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 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 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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