Family Engagement Meeting Facilitator (Social Services Specialist III)

Fairfax County Government - Fairfax, VA

Full-time
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This facilitator position of Family Engagement Meetings is located in the Family Engagement Program, based in the Fairfax office and facilitates throughout Fairfax County with occasional out of county assignments. Utilizing family engagement practice, this position works with families who are involved with Children, Youth and Families, external stakeholders such as Court Appointed Special Advocates, Guardian Ad Litem's and other service providers. Implements/facilitates Family Engagement Meeting processes in which extended family members/supports and community partners are brought together to develop a plan for the safety, stability and wellbeing for the children and youth in their family. This position also facilitates Family Partnership Meetings for Healthy Minds Fairfax Agencies to include the Community Services Board, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, Fairfax County Public Schools and Falls Church City Public Schools. Demonstrating a strengths based approach, the facilitator guides the process of team based planning and the creation of actionable plans which may include making alternative care and placement arrangements for children and youth, identifying services for the support to primary and extended families so their children can remain within their family, or expediting reunification from foster care and permanency planning for older youth. May participate in committees and workgroups county and statewide to enhance the practice of Family Engagement. Performs other duties as assigned.

Note: This position requires weekday after-hours involvement.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Driver's license required upon hire.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Appointee must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
Driver's license or ability to efficiently access other means of transportation in order to visit clients in their homes and to meet with community service providers.
Some positions may require oral and written bilingual competency in English and a second language.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in social work (MSW) or related human service degree.
Experience in Child Welfare and Family Engagement practice.
Bilingual in English and Spanish.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sufficiently mobile to travel within Fairfax County and neighboring jurisdictions. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Must be able to lift laptop, projector and associated meeting facilitation equipment weighing up to 40 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include an exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability 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.