Advocacy Services Supervisor (social Services Supervisor)

Fairfax, Virginia
$69,407.31 - $115,678.37 Annually
Dec 04, 2021
Dec 18, 2021
Full Time
Job Announcement

This is an exciting time to join Fairfax County Government as we shape racial and social equity policies in the county through the One Fairfax Policy. Using this framework, we intentionally consider equity when making policies or delivering programs and services. To learn more, we highly encourage you to watch the Becoming One Fairfax—An Introduction to Key Concepts video by clicking here and visit the One Fairfax webpage here.

ABOUT THIS POSITION: This is a leadership position with the Division of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) of the Department of Family Services (DFS). It is responsible for leading a unit of advocates who provide direct services to families experiencing domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human sex trafficking. Under general guidance of the Advocacy Program Manager, performs the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Plans and assigns work to staff and monitors case outcomes and promotes best practice in the provision of services
  • Reviews referrals, assigns cases and plans caseloads, to ensure equitable staffing
  • Ensures administrative accountability through review and monitoring of client case files
  • Monitors staff performance, prepares and conducts formal and informal performance evaluations
  • Handles performance and/or disciplinary issues
  • Communicates performance expectations and provides performance feedback
  • Assesses staff training needs and provides or arranges training necessary to develop skills and knowledge
  • Manages the follow-up for the Lethality Assessment Protocol (LAP) line
  • Engages in continuing education to stay current with evidenced-based and informed practices, and knowledgeable about trends in the field of domestic and sexual violence as well as stalking and human trafficking
  • Participates on intra and interagency work groups, supervisor meetings and other teams, as identified
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with community-based service providers
  • Provides coverage for 24-hour crisis lines, on a rotational basis, and is available to staff after hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Performs other duties as assigned to carry out the mission of DFS and DSVS

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Critical thinker and creative problem solver
  • Ability to conduct skillful dialogue, discussion, and inquiry
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including transparent, clear, and concise oral and written communication, for both small and large audiences
  • Ability to navigate through and make decisions in stressful and crisis situations
  • Ability to develop and maintain solid partnerships with other community-based, non-profit and governmental organizations including legal services, law enforcement and the courts

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 four years of increasingly responsible, directly-related professional experience in the social services or human services field. A master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of required experience.

  • Master's degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree
  • At least three (3) year of experience in providing supervision
  • At least three (3) years of experience working in the victim advocacy field
  • At least three (3) years of demonstrated strong background in working in coordinated community response model for domestic and sexual violence

Valid driver's license.

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

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.

Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, must be able to transport self to different worksites or locations as needed. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. Sufficiently mobile to attend meetings and community events outside the office. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

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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