Family Services Specialist I/II
Company: Virginia Dept of Social Services - Local
Posted on: June 12, 2021
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 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
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
Skill in operating a motor vehicle and personal computer with
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
135 Highland Drive, Suite B
P.O. Box 1207
Lebanon, VA 24266
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