Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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Agency: Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)

"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS-185-09/11

Opening date: January 31, 2013

Closing Date: February 10, 2013

Tour of Duty: 8:15 A.M. TO 4:45 P.M.

Evening hours, on-call hours, and weekends, as required

Promotion Potential: None

Number of Vacancies: Two (2)

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Duration of Appointment: Permanent (Full-time)

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME, Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.


Brief Description of Duties: Works as a Social Worker in the Kinship Division, Office of the Deputy Director for Entry Services, Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA).

Conducts training and clinical assessments of prospective foster parents to determine their strengths/needs and appropriateness to provide foster care. Interviews and observes interactions, both verbal and non-verbal, between immediate and extended family members and significant others.

Reviews information from collateral sources such as references, schools, medical reports, courts, police, employers and other social services agencies.

Prepares a written home study, clinical assessment and recommendations regarding the appropriateness of prospective parents to provide foster care.

Maintains statistical data, which reflects an accurate account of the number of clients served and the number and types of activities performed.

Maintains up to date case files for documentation of case activity.

Submits and recommends home studies for approval and/or licensure of foster and/or adoptive homes.

Conducts orientation and pre-service training for prospective foster parents. Completes home studies, including home visits, obtaining child protection registry and police clearances and performing other tasks required by agency policies, procedures and Federal/District legislation.

Participates in supervisory conferences, individually and with Social Workers for the purpose of case planning, sharing information on resources, joint and decision-making.

Participates in educational and training activities, professional meetings, conferences, and seminars to keep abreast of the latest changes in the field of social work.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education Requirement: Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Time-in-Grade Restrictions: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Ranking Factors

Submission of Ranking Factors: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievements from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that include the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1: Thorough knowledge of human behavior dynamics, child development and group dynamics as well other social work principles, concepts, techniques and methods.

Ranking Factor #2: Ability to coordinate and collaborate with various organizations and partner with other CFSA administrations to ensure positive outcomes are met for kinship families.

Ranking Factor #3: Ability to clinically assess individuals to determine their viability as CFSA foster parents.

Conditions of Employment

Other Significant Factors:
Licensure Requirement: DS- 9 and 11 requires D.C. Graduate or Independent Social Worker License.

Dual Licenses in D.C. and Maryland preferred.

All positions require a valid Driver's License.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the

Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required

to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide

District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

How to Apply

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to CFSA HR at (202) 724-7373

Posting Cancellation: A non-competitive selection of an eligible candidate from the Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) or the District's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) will result in the cancellation of this announcement.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore an online job application is required to be submitted.

Closing Statement

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

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