Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and résumés will not be accepted.
A Family Service Specialist I represents the entry level employees working under close supervision while being trained in program areas such as Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care/Adoption, Child Care and Employment Services. Employees perform routine entry level casework activities and the casework is usually reviewed by the supervisor prior to implementing case action.
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's 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.
Some 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. Skill in operating a personal computer with associated software; preferably Microsoft Office. 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 ensure 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 client's 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.
Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and/or a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license. Prefer previous experience working with social work principles and practices. Prefer experience with agency associated software such as OASIS, SPIDeR and/or ADAPT. Prefer experience in assigned program area and completion of required training programs.
All applicants are subject to a DMV/driving record check, pre-employment drug screen, and CPS and Criminal History Search.
The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI); local agency checks; employment verification; verification of education (relevant to employment); credit checks; and other checks requested by the hiring authority.
Employee must be willing to work in community emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.