Family Services Specialist I/II (Abingdon)


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

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Social Services/Counseling

Position Information Open Until Filled Yes Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No Hiring Range $30,828 - $33,911 Agency Dept of Social Services - Local (765-01) Sublocation Position Number L0006 Job Posting Number 1058617 Type of Recruitment General Public - G Does this position have telework options? Yes 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

The Family Services Specialist I/II is responsible for developing and implementing individualized service plans involving the application of casework methods in various programs, including Employment Services and Child Care, Adult Services/Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoptions. Employees may provide services in all program areas or specialize in one or several program areas. In the case of this specific position the work is primarily in the child welfare arena.

Typically employees who reach the Family Services Specialist II level perform all tasks independently and only seek supervisory advice on unusual situations or when policies and procedures require supervisory review or involvement.

Activities of the Family Services Specialist I/II include, but are not limited to: interpreting laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility (in this case child welfare); coordination of services; interviewing and assessing client needs and other relevant factors, such as education/skill levels, abilities, interests, and support systems. The Family Services Specialist I/II engages the client in all aspects of service planning and delivery, advising them of both their rights and responsibilities. Relevant professional codes of ethics, such the local Childrens Services Code of Ethics and the NASW Code of Ethics guides the Family Servies Specialist I/IIs professional conduct. The Family Services Specialist I/II prepares written documents, makes presentations on cases and program activities to courts, various multidisciplinary teams and service providers/collaterals. Service effectiveness is monitored and adjustments to service delivery are made accordingly. The Family Services Specialist I/II verifies and tracks expenditures, helps prepare and submit budget estimates and ensures payment for services; completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements for specific program responsibilities. The Family Services Specialist I/II provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child/adult protective services and/or foster care.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelors degree in a Human Services field, or a Bachelors degree in any field with 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; make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the clients 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.

Working knowledge of: social work principles; human behavior and motivational theory; laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas; and social, economic and health problems.

Skill in operating a motor vehicle and possession of a valid drivers license. Skill in operating a personal computer with associated software.

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of a BSW degree and/or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable. Preferred experience with agency associated software such as OASIS and/or PeerPlace. Preferred experience in assigned program area and completion of required training.

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.

A required background investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police/FBI), local agency checks, employment verification and references, verification relevant to employment, credit checks relevant to employment, and other checks requested by the hiring authority.

All offers of employments 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

This is a full-time Family Services Specialist position. Based on the response to this posting, the position may be filled as a Family Services Specialist I or Family Services Specialist II.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a complete listing of relevant work experience and qualificatons on the application.

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.

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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