Family Services Specialist III CPS (Shenandoah Valley Verona Office)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Virginia

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This position is located in Verona, Virginia.

This is a professional position under the supervision of a Family Services Specialist Supervisor that specializes in program areas and assumes more complex duties such as: intake, interviewing/investigating in cases involving suspected child abuse/neglect, out of home placements, and emergency removal and protective orders; testifying in legal proceedings; and placing children in foster/adoptive homes.

Employee will interpret laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility as written in the Child Protective Services Manual. Employees have contact with others and influence outcomes by participating in task forces, strategic planning, mentoring, teaching and conducting outreach to community partners.

Develops and implements service plans to meet identified needs in areas such as physical/mental health, and housing and presents cases to determine appropriate services for children and caretakers. Employees will maintain through the course of the client's service relationship with the agency.

Performs work with specific ancillary agencies such as Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, law enforcement and mental health professionals. Provides after hours on call coverage and responds to emergencies. Will perform any other assigned duties.

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 service 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 are preferred. Ability to speak both English and Spanish preferred.

Special Requirements
Acceptable background checks and valid driver's license allowing operation of a motor vehicle in the State of Virginia required. Driving record must meet local agency policy requirements.

Employee must be willing to work in local emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

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