Family Services Specialist Supervisor

Alexandria, VA
$70,114.46 - $93,919.80 Annually
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 20, 2021
Full Time
Family Services Specialist Supervisor

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Family Services Specialist Supervisor position.

An Overview

The Family Service Specialist Supervisor (FSSS) is responsible for overseeing Domestic Violence Program (DVP) staff and providing direct services to individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. Leadership responsibilities include promoting a trauma-informed vision for state-of-the-art services, serving on the DV senior management team, representing DVP at various local, and state meetings, assisting in grant writing and reporting, etc. The FSS Supervisor promotes quality assurance among Family Service Specialists who provide individual and group counseling through an equity lens; provide trauma informed supervision and administrative oversight; as well as preparing employee evaluations. Centering equity, tasks are performed in accordance with established policies and procedures under the supervision of the Division Chief of the Sexual Assault Center and Domestic Violence Program or another supervisor.

What You Should Bring

The ideal candidate should have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of social work, including therapeutic techniques in the functional area of assignment. Ability to organize and manage direct services and programs. Ability to recruit, train, supervise and evaluate staff effectively. Good knowledge of theories of human behavior and group behavior including mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, correctional and vocational rehabilitation. Ability to direct staff in the application of casework and group philosophy methods and to work successfully with clients to develop their own capabilities. Thorough knowledge of the literature in the field of social work, and strong understanding of varying social work models. Ability to recognize current social, economic and health barriers depending on the functional area assignment. Ability to understand and interpret laws, policies, and regulations. Good knowledge of public and private service agencies, including law enforcement and correctional organizations. Ability to work independently and with colleagues, the public, volunteers, and community organizations. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

The Opportunity
  • Provides trauma informed supervision to Family Service Specialist and staff, including regular case and documentation reviews, ensuring documentation compliance with all reporting requirements;
  • Provides crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, safety planning to adult and child victims of domestic violence;
  • Completes all documentation and written assessment report for each intake, in accordance with
    all documentation requirements;
  • Maintains and updates databases and related forms to facilitate and track referrals;
  • Reviews data and report statistics as necessary to monitor progress and trends in services;
  • Assists in hiring, training, and evaluation of program staff and interns;
  • Provides follow up support and coordination services to clients awaiting linkage to other
  • Participates in/attends meetings as needed to represent the Domestic Violence Program within the agency or outside the agency as needed;
  • Attends and completes required trainings and staff development work;
  • Attends supervision sessions with supervisor to receive feedback, guidance, and overall
    supervision and consultation;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

About the Department
The Center for Children and Families (CCF) provides programs and services for Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Child Welfare & Child Protective Services, Early Childhood and Youth Development. CCF provides compassionate, collaborative and effective person and family-centered services based on best practices. Our teams support self-determination, safety, recovery and resiliency for Alexandria children and all residents affected by abuse, neglect, mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse disorders.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Master's degree in Social Work, and three years of experience in social work including one year at the level of Family Service Specialist II, one year of supervisory experience preferred. Must possess a valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications

At least one year of experience working with Trauma Survivors (specifically Domestic Violence survivors). At least one year of supervisory experience.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: FBI/Federal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; and driver’s license.

Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Some weekend and holidays. On-call Rotation required. Flexible schedule to meet client and programmatic needs.

*** Interview(s) may consist of job-related exercises.

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