Cyf/csa Liaison And Custodian Of Records (social Services Specialist Iii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$63,213.07 - $105,355.12 Annually
Nov 27, 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Division of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) of the Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking a Social Services Specialist III to serve as the CYF/CSA (Children's Services Act) Liaison and Custodian of Records. 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.

Under general supervision of the CPS Assistant Program Manager, the CYF/CSA Liaison and Custodian of Records performs tasks independently to protect children and build family resilience as articulated by local, state, and federal policies and laws.

Duties of the CYF/CSA Liaison and Custodian of Records include:
  • Ensure CYF staff’s service requests to the Children’s Services Act (CSA) office are processed efficiently so that children and families can receive timely services
  • Receive and review all CSA funding request paperwork from CYF staff for content and correctness. Work with CYF supervisors and specialists when corrections are needed
  • Coordinate with CSA staff to ensure proper flow of funding request packets
  • Provide ongoing training and problem solving for all CYF staff regarding the proper use of CSA forms and their content
  • As part of this work, this position serves as a CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Services assessment) Super User
  • Respond to all requests for Child Protective Services (CPS) records
  • Redact records according to federal and state regulations
  • Follow Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policies in these responses
  • Interact with clients, staff, and county attorneys as needed to complete the requests
  • Review records due for purging based on state and local record retention policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure child safety and improve outcomes in families and improve outcomes in families

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of child welfare work
  • Knowledge of Children’s Services Act (CSA) policies and procedures
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent documentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to follow policies, teach, and guide others
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

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.


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

  • Experience with child welfare work
  • Experience with Children’s Services Act (CSA) policies and procedures
  • Experience with the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment
  • Ability to obtain and maintain CANS certification.

Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings off-site. 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.

Panel interview and 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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