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Family Services Specialist III (Appomattox)

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applicants are encouraged to provide a complete listing of work experience and qualifications on the application. Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and résumés will not be accepted. This website will provide a confirmation of 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. Applications must include complete work history, including periods of unemployment if applicable.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Family Services Specialist III (Appomattox)
Role Title Local-Classified
Job Open Date 12/01/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)? No
Hiring Range $32,089 (May be higher depending on qualifications)
Agency Dept of Social Services - Local (765-01)
Agency Website Visit the Department of Social Services' Website
Location Appomattox - 011
Sublocation
Position Number L0002
Job Posting Number 1031837
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

This is a professional position. This is a specialist level in the class series for Family Services. Employees specialize in program areas and assume more complex duties such as: interviewing/investigating in cases involving suspected child/adult abuse/neglect, out-of-home placements, guardianships, emergency protective orders, and adoptions; testifying in legal proceedings; and placing children in foster/adoptive homes. Employees have contacts with others and influence outcomes by participating on task forces, strategic planning, mentoring, teaching, and conducting outreach. Programs areas generally include Adult/Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care, and Adoptions. The Family Services Specialist III is distinguished from the Family Services Specialist IV class by the lateral functioning as a lead worker, or an expert resource specialist.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field and a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia).

Considerable experience in assigned program area/human services programs and completion of required training programs. Work experience in a leadership role. Equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Comprehensive knowledge of: social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas; investigating and interviewing techniques; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders; principles and processes for providing customer and personal services to include needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of satisfaction; principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance; and therapeutic treatment technique.

Some knowledge of supervisory practices and principles if required in specific assignment. Skill in operating a personal computer and the associated software; and the operation of a motor vehicle.

Demonstrated ability to provide guidance and training in program areas to other employees if required in specific assignment; write court reports, home studies, evaluations, mediation agreements, letters, committee reports, presentations, and general information; make clinical judgments, assess clients needs, and formulate plan of action; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, assess needs, counsel and refer clients to other resources as needed; investigate high profile cases; testify in court proceedings; develop and present training programs and other presentations; interpret program laws, policies and regulations; develop and implement service plans in order to insure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; analyze case information to make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the clients emotions in order to accomplish service objectives; develop speeches and represent the agency on program training and workshops; work in stressful situations and maintain diplomacy; plan and manage own work activities including service delivery, preparing reports, and correspondence, record keeping, responsibilities and related activities; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field.

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and/or a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Workers license or a Masters Degree in a human service field. Prefer experience in child protective services, foster care or adult protective services and completion of required training programs. Prefer experience as a lead worker providing guidance and training to other staff.

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 community emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Must be willing to participate in afterhours on-call schedule on a rotating basis.

Special Instructions to Applicants

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

Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and résumés will not be accepted.

This website will provide a confirmation of 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.

Applications must include complete work history, including periods of unemployment if applicable.

Contact Information

Name Brad Burdette
Phone 434-352-7125 (131)
Fax
Email brad.burdette@dss.virginia.gov
Address

P.O. Box 549
Appomattox, VA 24522

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. * Do you have an Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) as issued under Policy 1.30 Layoff? (Commonwealth of Virginia Employees Only);
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  3. * How did you find this employment opportunity?
    • State Recruitment Management System (RMS)
    • Agency Website or Bulletin Board
    • Job Board (Indeed, Monster, Dice, etc.)
    • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
    • Newspaper or Professional Journal (Please specify below)
    • Career Fair or Job Event (Please specify below)
    • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
    • Radio/TV (Please specify below)
    • Other (Please specify below)
  4. * Please specify the actual source from your response to question #3 above (Name of newspaper, Journal Title, Job Board, Career Fair, Agency Website, Social Media Type, etc.) If unknown or none, enter: N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you possess a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or a Bachelor's degree in any field with a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (as required by Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia).
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have a BSW and/or MSW?
    • Yes, I have a BSW
    • Yes, I have a MSW
    • Yes, I have a BSW and MSW
    • No
  7. * Do you possess knowledge and experience working with social work principles & practices; human behavior & motivational theory; and social, economic, and health problems in the Human Services field?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have a valid Virginia Drivers license or will you be able to obtain one prior to hiring?
    • Yes
    • No
    • No Response
  9. * Are you willing to be on-call, work after hours or be contacted after hours as needed?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Are you willing to staff an emergency shelter during an emergency or natural disaster?
    • No Response
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you possess any of the following Veteran statuses?
    • Veteran who has received an honorable discharge and 180 days of active duty
    • Disabled Veteran who has received an honorable discharge
    • None of the above
  12. * Do you have work experience as a lead worker, providing guidance and/or training to other staff? Please note that a "yes" answer must be documented in the work experience section(s) of your application.
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * Describe your leadership and organizational skills.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript