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

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This position specializes in specific program areas and assumes very complex duties such as: interviewing/investigating in cases involving suspected child/adult abuse/neglect, out-of-home placements, guardianships, emergency protective orders; testifying in legal proceedings; and placing children in foster/adoptive homes. Employees have contacts with others and influence outcomes by participating on task forces, strategic planning, mentoring, teaching, and conducting outreach. This position specializes in Child Protective Services cases, including investigations, court appearances, in-home visits and specialized interviewing and case management skills. It includes complex duties involving suspected child abuse and neglect; removal of children and placement in out-of-home placements, when required. This employee shall have contacts with individuals and agencies that require knowledge of specific laws and procedures in order to effectively influence case and legal outcomes. The employee shall participate in specialized task forces, strategic planning, mentoring, supervision, teaching and conducting planend outreach in the community. The worker shall write service plans, determine appropriate services; track expenditures; prepare/submit budget estimates and ensure payment for required services; grant writing and grant monitoring; application of policies and regulations as applied to specific areas of responsibility; compelte necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements; arrange therapy sessions and transport children and adults to mental health appointments; visitation with families; medical appointments; refer to appropriate department for needed intensive in-home counseling and refer to other resources as needed.
Serve as resource to the community in areas of training in mandated reporting and other aspects of Child Protective Services. Provides after hours on-call coverage and respond to emergencies in child/adult protective services. Performs investigative duties to include screening referrals for validity and complaints of child/abuse abuse, neglect and exploitation; interviews all parties involved; assesses immediate and long-term dangers/risks to children/adults; develops written service plans documenting goals, objectives and details of the services provided for each case. Set-up drug testing when need indicates and/or if court orders testing; prvoides goals and objectives and details of the services provided for each case; provide program administration and caseload management services; conducts visits and maintains contact with other professionals as required or dictated by court order. Files petitions; child protective orders and testifies in criminal and civil cases; prepares court ordered home assessment and custody home studies; establishes and maintains case records; codes; enters and updates new and ongoing cases in the state computer information system; and represents the agency at various functions such as giving speeches at civic and business associations, providing training and workshops on child abuse and neglect for public and private organizations. Attends specialized training sessions to further knowledge and grow within the position.

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 ensure 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 Child Protective Services 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 are desirable.

Special Requirements
Subject to Criminal History Search, Child Protective Services Search, drug screening, emergency shelter duty as needed.
Travel for training required, up to 5 days at a time, if necessary.