This is a specialist level in the class series for Family Services. A Family Services Specialist I represents the entry level employees working under close supervision while being trained in program areas such as Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care/Adoption, Child Care and Employment Services.
Employees perform routine entry level casework activities and the casework is usually reviewed by the supervisor prior to implementing case action. A Family Services Specialist II represents the full performance level. Employees are responsible for developing and implementing individualized service plans involving the application of casework methods and basic service level caseloads of Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoptions.
Additionally, in some agencies, positions may be partly dedicated to Child Care and Employment Services in addition to other program areas. Interprets laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility; monitors, coordinates and administers specific programs as assigned; Coordinates services within specific area of responsibility; ? Interviews and assesses customer needs and other relevant factors ? such as education/skill levels, abilities, interests, and support systems. ? Informs clients of related service programs rules/regulations, and right to participate; Presents cases to determine appropriate services and writes/implements service plans; ? Provides case management services to monitor compliance; Manages program waiting lists; Tracks expenditures, prepares/submits budget estimates and ensures payment for services; ? Completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements; Coordinates with other agencies and participates in multi-disciplinary and interagency teams providing services to customers;Conducts overall monitoring of programs in specific area of responsibility; ? Serves as resource to clients and the community in area of expertise; and provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child/adult protective services and/or foster care. Ability to implement the Practice Profiles( Advocating, Assessing, Collaborating, Communicating, Demonstrating Cultural and Diversity Competence, Documenting, Engaging, Evaluating, Implementing, Partnering, and Planning) into casework and duties.
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field with a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area as mandated in Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia and implemented by the Virginia Board of Social Services. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, assess needs, counsel and refer clients to other resources as needed; develop and implement service plans in order to insure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; analyze case information and make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the client's emotions in order to accomplish services objectives; plan and manage own work activities including service delivery preparing reports, and correspondence, record keeping responsibilities and related activities; establish and maintain effective relationships; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field.
Some/Working knowledge of social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; and social, economic, and health problems. Skill in operating a motor vehicle and personal computer with associated software, i.e. automated child welfare systems such as OASIS. Driver's License.
Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable. Candidate has a working knowledge of Systems of Care, Wraparound Services, evidenced based treatment modalities and strengths based family engagement.
Working knowledge of the Practice Profiles( Advocating, Assessing, Collaborating, Communicating, Demonstrating Cultural and Diversity Competence, Documenting, Engaging, Evaluating, Implementing, Partnering, and Planning) Candidate has demonstrated experience working with families to prevent out of home placements. Demonstrated ability to provide court testimony. Child Welfare Experience (CPS, Adoption, Foster Care). Exp. in a local VA DSS with Foster Care or CPS case assignments as a Social Worker or Family Services Worker.
Considerable knowledge in Child Welfare (CPS, Foster Care, Adoption). BI-Lingual in English and Spanish. Exp. working directly with diverse groups of clients, co-workers, and community agencies in a criminal justice and/or human services setting. Exp. working with families that have been impacted by substance abuse disorders and/or generational poverty.
Applicants may be subject to a Criminal History Background search, Central Registry search, DMV/driving record check, and/or pre-employment drug screen. The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI), local agency checks, employment verification and references, verification of education (relevant to employment), credit checks (relevant to employment) and other checks requested by the hiring authority.
This position is covered under Code of Virginia 63.2-1601.1 or 63.2-1720 requiring the finalist candidate to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information for a criminal history record check through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and a search of the Central Registry. All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory results of the required checks and screenings. Candidate must be willing to work in the community emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Candidate must be willing to work a rotating On-Call schedule after hours when needed.
State Of Virginia