Family Services Specialist I - Washington County (Near Tennessee)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Washington, VA

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This position is specific to the area of child protective services. This position requires the ability to interpret laws, policies and regulations as they apply to the specific areas of child protective services, investigates cases of child abuse and/or neglect through the investigative or family assessment track, coordinate and collaborate with other agencies including law enforcement and Commonwealth Attorney's office, complete affidavits and petitions in support of emergency removals, preliminary removals as well as preliminary protective orders, develop safety plans with families, participate in multi-disciplinary and interagency teams to provide services to children and families, interview and assess individuals and families to determine needs, inform individuals and families of related service programs rules/regulations, develop and implement service plans with the participation of children and families, provide case management and monitoring of assigned cases, provide court testimony in relation to assigned cases, complete required paperwork for FAPT and CMPT and present cases as needed, provide transportation to families as needed based upon service planning, make referrals for needed services, complete all required documentation per policy, maintain case records, completion of documentation in OASIS, complete custody investigations for the juvenile court , and attend mandatory trainings per policy requirements.

Minimum Qualifications
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. 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 ensure 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.

Preferred Qualifications
Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable. Previous work experience providing court testimony is preferred. Previous work experience in Child Protective Services is desired.

Special Requirements
Shelter duty during times of disaster may be required.

On call rotation.

Successful completion of a background check is required. A background check may consist of: criminal record, driving record, Central Registry (CPS), fingerprints and employment references.