Benefit Programs Specialist I (Franklin County) Rocky Mount, VA
Dept of Social Services - Local - Franklin County, VA

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Benefit Programs Specialist I represents the entry level in the occupational group for employees working under close supervision while being trained in determining eligibility for a variety of social services government assistance programs.

Upon recommendation by the supervisor, approval by the director, and successful completion of the training program, the employee shall be redefined to full-performance Benefit Programs Specialist II. Benefit Programs Specialist I is distinguished from the Benefit Programs Specialist II by the latter's performing all the assigned eligibility duties independently and making judgments following agency practices and procedures and mandated federal, state, or local laws and policies.

General work tasks Include but are not limited to:

Conducts interviews of persons to determine eligibility for assistance and re-determines their continuing eligibility; Explains nature of temporary assistance benefit programs and determines reasons and need for assistance; Processes applications for financial assistance and diversion; explains client responsibilities, rights and program availability; Evaluates consistency and completeness of data secured, and where indicated substantiates its accuracy; Computes assistance plans; Determines the need for and amount of allowances for special circumstance items; Evaluates such social factors as education, work experience, and levels of social functioning; and Evaluates employability of clients and explores potential sources of income.

Minimum Qualifications
Some knowledge of: basic human behavior; mathematics to calculate percentages, formulas and averages to solve mathematical problems; and interviewing techniques such as data collection and investigation.Skill in operating a personal computer and the associated office and agency software.Demonstrated ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, gather information, and evaluate situations; analyze information; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form; exercise sound judgment, discretion, tact and resourcefulness in solving problems and drawing logical conclusions; use various types of automated
technology to establish and maintain case records, access and retrieve data, create reports and manipulate data; maintain professional ethics related to confidentiality;
and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a positiveb and tactful manner under sometimes stressful situations.

Preferred Qualifications
High school diploma supplemented with
additional training and related work experience OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Prefer experience in benefit programs and completion of required Benefit Programs training. Prefer experience with agency related software.

Special Requirements
All applicants are subject to a DMV/driving record search and CPS and Criminal History Search. Driving record must meet agency standard. Employees must be willing to work in community emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.