PPS Social Services Specialist III (Social Services Specialist III)

Fairfax County Government - Fairfax, VA

Full-time
This announcement may be used to fill multiple full-time Protection and Preservation Services Social Services Specialist III positions located throughout Fairfax County. This position is part of the Protection and Preservation Services (PPS) Program assigned to the Fairfax regional office. Provides clinical casework services for a caseload of children at risk of abuse or neglect and their parents or caretakers. Casework responsibilities include completion of comprehensive assessments and service plans, care coordination, crisis intervention, and brief counseling. Attends court hearings and provides professional and legal testimony as needed. Completes casework and documentation in compliance with federal, state and local policies and procedures. Develops partnerships with community agencies to provide a holistic approach to service delivery, guaranteeing collaboration and coordination of services offered to children and their families. Coordinates and attends intra-agency and inter-agency meetings. Mentors and trains staff and provides supervision in the absence of the unit supervisor. Uses automated information systems to maintain case documentation. Schedule: A flexible schedule including evening and/or weekend work will be required. In addition, the position requires being part of Child Protective Services (CPS) on-call rotation that includes evening, overnight, weekend, and holiday hours which may require immediate response into the field.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Ability to analyze case information and to reach sound decisions on the basis of such information;
  • Ability to maintain professional ethics and confidentiality of client information;
  • Knowledge of regulations and guidelines relating to the assigned area of social service specialization;
  • Ability to schedule and manage workload sufficiently to meet deadlines;
  • Ability to assess safety and risk;
  • Ability to assess trauma and root causes of dysfunctional family dynamics;
  • Ability to engage with families;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and keep up with documentation;
  • Ability to participate in and attend home visits, school visits, and court hearings.
Note: All applicants selected from this solicitation must successfully complete DFS's Child Welfare Institute program prior to joining their assigned unit.

Salary: Compensation for this position will not exceed midpoint of advertised salary range.

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.

Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
Valid driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Appointee must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Master's degree in social work (MSW) or a related human services degree.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience in child protective services intake and/or on-going and child abuse and neglect prevention.
Minimum of two (2) years of experience in service plan development and care coordination.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Sufficiently mobile to attend home visits, court, and meetings and community events outside the office. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Ability to use automated technology. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview; may include a written 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.