Family Services Specialist III (Frederick)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Virginia

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Full time position responsible for interviewing/investigating cases involving suspected child/adult abuse/neglect, out-of-home placements, guardianships, emergency protective orders, and adoptions; testifying in legal proceedings; and placing children in foster/adoptive homes. Attends court, testifies in court and coordinates cases with attorneys; provides reports for court; provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child/adult protective services and/or foster care; performs investigative duties to include screens referrals for validity and complaints of child/adult abuse, neglect and exploitation; assesses immediate and long-term dangers/risks to children/adults; develops written services plan documenting goals, objectives and details of the services provided for each case; establishes and maintains case records; codes, enters and updates new and on-going cases in the state computer information system.

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia). Considerable knowledge of: social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas; investigating and interviewing techniques; legal procedures as related to program area; and social, economic, and health problems. Skill in operating a personal computer and the associated software and the operation of a motor vehicle. Demonstrated ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, assess needs, counsel and refer clients to other resources as needed; investigate high risk cases; testify in court proceedings; develop and present training programs and other presentations; interpret program laws, policies and regulations; develop and implement service plans in order to insure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; analyze case information to make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the client's emotions in order to accomplish services objectives; develop speeches and represent the agency on program training and workshops; work in stressful situations and maintain diplomacy; plan and manage own work activities including service delivery preparing reports, and correspondence, record keeping responsibilities and related activities; establish and maintain effective relationships with others; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field.

Preferred Qualifications
Considerable experience in assigned program area and completion of required training programs or equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license preferred; bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Special Requirements
Must be willing to work outside normal working hours, including weekends and on-call for emergencies. Ability to pass a Criminal History Background Check and CPS Central Registry Search. Driving record must meet agency standard.

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