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Family Services Specialist I/II

Company: Virginia Dept of Social Services - Local
Location: Lebanon
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Russell County, VA is located in Southwest Virginia, and is a short drive from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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. Employees perform all tasks independently and seek supervisory advice on unusual situations or when policies and procedures require supervisory review or involvement.

Employees may provide services in all program areas or specialize in one or several program areas. Employees in this position must demonstrate an ability to work independently; interprets laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility; 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; provides case management services to monitor compliance; completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements; 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.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelors degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelors degree in any field and minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia). The degree requirement will be considered met if the applicant graduates and obtains their bachelors degree prior to starting work.

Valid Virginia Drivers License or the ability to obtain one prior to employment.

Some 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.

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 ensure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; use sound judgment within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the emotions of all stakeholders in order to accomplish 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 between all stakeholders and community partners; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the family services field.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with family engagement practices and/or foster/adoptive family recruitment, approval, and support.
Experience in child/adult welfare, such as Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Foster Care, or Adoptions

Knowledge of and/or working experience in legal processes, to include preparing legal documents and providing court testimony

Demonstrated ability to facilitate collaboration between diverse groups with potentially conflicting interests.

Ability to develop and implement written documents that can be used for case / service plans, court documents, and/or letters to other stakeholders.

Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable.

Prior work experience with the Virginia Dept. of Social Services and/or with a Human Services agency is preferred.

Special Requirements

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.

Employee must be willing to work in the community emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to provide a complete listing of work experience, either paid or unpaid, and qualifications on the application and or resume. CONSIDERATION FOR AN INTERVIEW IS BASED ON THE INFORMATION PROVIDED WITHIN THIS APPLICATION and or RESUME.

The job duties listed in the employment section of your job application and or resume will be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you do not provide a full description of all job duties, your application/resume may be screened out as not meeting minimum requirements.

An official college transcript confirming the degree requirements, in a sealed envelope, will be required to be provided prior to employment.

Applications/resumes for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand delivered applications/resume will not be accepted.

This website will provide a confirmation receipt when the application/resume is submitted for consideration.

Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application/resume for this position.

Patrick B. Brunty

(276) 883-5232




135 Highland Drive, Suite B
P.O. Box 1207
Lebanon, VA 24266

Keywords: Virginia Dept of Social Services - Local, Asheville , Family Services Specialist I/II, Other , Lebanon, North Carolina

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