Family Services Specialist I (Abingdon)


: $43,430.00 - $57,890.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Social Services/Counseling

Position Information Open Until Filled No Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No Hiring Range $32,000 (may be higher depending on qualifications) Agency Dept of Social Services - Local (765-01) Sublocation Position Number L0065 Job Posting Number 1060489 Type of Recruitment General Public - G Does this position have telework options? No Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference No Job Type Full-Time (Salaried) Job Type Detail Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1 Pay Band UG Job Description

Franklin County Department of Social Services is a Level II agency employing 82 staff who work each day to serve, empower, and create opportunities for the citizens of Franklin County. Franklin County Department of Social Services strives to provide a family friendly, positive work environment. The agency offers flexible hours within a 37.5 hour work week. Franklin County, situated along the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is 30 minutes south of Roanoke, VA and 30 minutes north of Martinsville, VA. The development of Philpott Lake in 1953 and Smith Mountain Lake in 1966 gave rise to Franklin Countys current designation as the Land between the Lakes.

This recruitment is for a position in the Foster Care, or Child Protective Services and Adult/APS Services Unit. This is a professional position. Family Services Specialist I represents the entry level for employees working under close supervision while being trained in program areas such as Adult Protective Services, or Foster Care/Adoption Unit. Employees perform routine entry level casework activities and the casework is usually reviewed by the supervisor prior to implementing case action.

General work tasks include, but not limited to:
Interpreting laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility
Monitors, coordinates, and administers specific programs as assigned
Coordinates services within the 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 list
Tracks expenditures, prepares/submits budget estimates, and ensures payment for services
Completes necessary federal, state, and local planning and reporting requirements
Conducts overall monitoring of programs in specific area of responsibility
Serves as a resource to clients and the community in area of expertise
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 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
Knowledge of social work principles and practices, human behavior and motivational theory, and social, economic, and health problems
Knowledge of laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas and legal procedures as related to program area
Skill in operating a motor vehicle and possess a favorable driving record
Skill in operating a personal computer with associated software
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Demonstrated ability to interview, assess needs, counsel, and refer clients to other resources as needed
Demonstrated ability to develop and implement service plans in order to insure the delivery of appropriate services to the client
Ability to analyze case information to make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations
Ability to respond to the clients emotions in order to accomplish services objectives
Ability to plan and manage own work activities including service delivery preparing reports and correspondence, record keeping responsibilities, and related activities
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field
Valid Virginia drivers license on or before the first day of employment

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of a BSW or MSW degree
Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license

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.

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

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

This website will provide a confirmation receipt when the application is submitted for consideration.
Franklin County Social Services is located in Rocky Mount, VA 24151.

Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application.

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

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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