Self-Sufficiency Specialist I (King & Queen)
Dept of Social Services - Local - King, VA

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This position represents the entry level in the Self-Sufficiency Specialist occupational group for employees working under close supervision while being trained in determining eligibility for a variety of social services government assistance programs and assessing employability of clients to aid in their effort to achieve self sufficiency. Upon recommendation by the supervisor, approval by the director, and successful completion of the training program, the employee shall be redefined to a full-performance Self-Sufficiency Specialist II with corresponding salary increase as indicated by the local department's compensation plan. Provides intake services for the agency Explains the employment services program; makes assessments of customer needs and develops employment plans, utilizing job search, work experience, education and training; establishes and monitors self-sufficiency goals through information and assessment of customer background; monitors case reports/records in accordance with regulations; explains the child care program and makes assessments of customer needs;
interviews persons for assistance, obtains necessary information; Explains nature of temporary assistance benefit programs and determines reasons and need for assistance;
processes applications for financial assistance and diversion;
determines eligibility for assistance and benefit levels using automated systems and manual methods; evaluates employability status of clients and explores potential sources of income; explains client responsibilities, rights and program availability; may refer clients to service worker as the result of overall assessment of situation; prepares reports and maintains client records;

Minimum Qualifications
Some knowledge of: basic human behavior; mathematics to calculate percentages, formulas and averages to solve mathematical problems; and interviewing techniques such as data collection and investigation. Skill in operating a personal computer and the associated office and agency software. Demonstrated ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, gather information, and evaluate situations; analyze information; apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written or oral form; exercise sound judgment, discretion, tact and resourcefulness in solving problems and drawing logical conclusions; use various types of automated technology to establish and maintain case records, access and retrieve data, create reports and manipulate data; maintain professional ethics related to confidentiality; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others in a positive and tactful manner under sometimes stressful situations.

Preferred Qualifications
High school diploma supplemented with additional training and related work experience OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Prefer prior work experience in a Commonwealth of Virginia Dept. of Social Services. Prior work experience as a Commonwealth of Virginia Dept. of Social Services Self-Sufficiency Specialist and/or Family Services Specialist (formerly known as Social Worker) is desired. Prefer prior work experience with skill in VACMS, ESPAS, CommonHelp, ADAPT, SPIDER, SVES and or MMIS.

Special Requirements
Employee must be available to work outside of normal working hours as needed. Employee can be assigned to a disaster evacuation shelter and may be called on to perform other duties as required to provide for the safety and care of the citizens of the community. This a requirement of Social Services based on Virginia law.

All applicants are subject to a DMV/driving record check, pre-employment drug screen, Central Registry (CPS) check and/or criminal history search.

The investigation may include: fingerprint checks (State Police, FBI), local agency checks, employment verification and references, verification of education (relevant to employment), credit checks (relevant to employment) and other checks requested by the hiring authority.

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