Family Services Specialist III - Petersburg (Intra-Agency)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Petersburg, VA

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This recruitment is limited to current regular, probationary, restricted, and temporary employees of the Petersburg LDSS.

Serves as lead worker for unit. Assists in training & monitoring work of unit. Supports & assist s clients, individually & in groups, utilizing available resources to meet their personal, social, health & economic needs & to help them develop their own capabilities. Provides guidance to clients seeking alternative solutions to specific problems, such as management of finances, housing, health needs, education, vocational training & employment. Locates, develops and coordinates community resources, Educates public on needs & problems of customers.

Minimum Qualifications
In order to be evaluated for vacancies in the Service Program/Service Program Supervision classification series, applicants must (1) Possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in the Human Services field; or (2) Possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in any field accompanied by a minimum of (2) years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services related area.

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
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. Previous experience working in OASIS. Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable.

Special Requirements
Applicants must be willing to work outside of normal working hours, which may include being on-call for emergencies twenty-four hours a day, including weekends; and serve at an emergency shelter in the event of a community disaster.

Final applicants will be required to submit an updated DMV driving record and possess a valid Virginia Driver's License within 90 days of employment, submit to a criminal history investigation and submit to urinalysis screening for illegal drug use. Employees in this position are subject to random drug testing.