Family Services Specialist I/II (Nelson)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Nelson, VA

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This position may be hired as a level I or II. This position represents the entry level employees working under close supervision while being trained to specialize in the program area related to, Foster Care/Adoption, but not to exclude Adult/Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, , Child Care, and Employment Services. Employees perform casework activities and the casework usually is reviewed by the supervisor prior to implementing a case action. Interprets laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility; monitors, coordinates and administers specific programs as assigned; coordinates services within specific area of responsibility; interviews and assesses customer needs and other relevant factors such as education/skill levels, abilities, interests, and support systems; informs clients of related service programs rules/regulations, and right to participate; presents cases to determine appropriate services and writes/implements service plans; provides case management services to monitor compliance; manages program waiting lists; tracks expenditures, prepares/submits budget estimates and ensures payment for services; completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements;
coordinates with other agencies and participates in multi-disciplinary and interagency teams providing services to customers; conducts overall monitoring of programs in specific area of responsibility; serves as resource to clients and the community in area of expertise; and provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child/adult protective services and/or foster care.

Minimum Qualifications
Some knowledge of: social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; and social, economic, and health problems. Skill in operating a motor vehicle and personal computer with associated software. 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 client's 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.

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.

Preferred Qualifications
Previous work experience with the Department of Social Services is desirable. Prefer experience working with social work principles and practices. Previous experience working with children in Foster Care, Adoption and Foster Parents.

Special Requirements
After hours on-call for adult and child protective services. All applicants are subject to a DMV/driving record check, and CPS and Criminal History Search
The investigation may include: fingerprint check(State Police,FBI); local agency checks; employment verification; verification of education (relevant to employment); 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.

This position is for a Social Worker I/II with primary duties in Foster Care and Adoption.

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