Social Worker I: Shelter Liaison (Alexandria)
Dept of Social Services - Local - Alexandria, VA

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The Social Worker I in the Office of Community Services provides intensive social work services and crisis intervention to the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals and families. The Social Worker I supports and assists clients experiencing housing instability, mental and physical illness, alcoholism, domestic violence, and underemployment. The Social Worker I assesses clients' strengths and limitations, as well as potential risk factors, and assists in advocating for a wide variety of social services to address household needs. The Social Worker I utilizes various therapeutic techniques to assist clients in becoming aware of feelings, attitudes, and anxieties which inhibit resolution of their problems as well as barriers to stability, and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating progress of individual service plan goals. This position is the department's primary point of contact for the homeless services providers. The Social Worker I acts as lead worker for the Homeless Services Unit and provides supervisory coverage in the supervisor's absence. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Community Services Program Coordinator II in the Office of Community Services.
Examples of Duties:
*Provides crisis intervention and specialized casework to the City's most vulnerable individuals and families experiencing chronic financial, social, and emotional problems, including low-income, homelessness, mental health or substance abuse issues, abuse and neglect, disabled, and domestic violence;
*Conducts comprehensive intakes for households seeking to access homeless services;
*Identifies safety issues and develops safety plans;
*Assesses safety risks to clients in accordance with state and local policies and makes referrals to Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Mental Health or Substance Abuse Services or law enforcement when warranted;
*Assesses the immediacy of emergency requests for food, shelter, clothing and critical medications for walk-in clients and coordinates with staff to provide the service to alleviate need;
*Utilizes a variety of counseling and therapeutic techniques, including crisis intervention, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and strengths-based counseling to assist clients in confronting and resolving emotional and environmental problems;
*Prepares comprehensive social histories, psychosocial assessments, progress notes, and quarterly narratives;
*Provides case management and advocacy services for families experiencing homelessness including locating and referring to community services and resources;
*Monitors progress of families in shelter and serves on multidisciplinary team to assist households in reducing length and effects of homelessness;
*Creates and manages the Emergency Shelter Referral List;

Minimum Qualifications
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia). Working knowledge of: Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work; knowledge of social, psychiatric, economic and health problems; knowledge of early childhood development theory, principles and practices; knowledge of community resources or the ability to readily acquire such knowledge; knowledge of individual, group, and family therapy theory and techniques or the ability to acquire such knowledge; knowledge of counseling techniques provided to clients with mental disorders, alcoholism, and/or drug abuse; knowledge of human services literature with emphasis on special population (trauma survivors, homeless, disabled, etc.); ability to quickly assess and defuse hostile situations; ability to identify social problems and needs, and to assess the strengths and challenges of individuals and families; ability to plan and organize work; ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; ability to work collaboratively with private and public agencies; ability to understand and interpret laws, policies, and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications
Prefer a Master's Degree in social work. Prefer considerable experience providing counseling, crisis intervention and intensive case management services to vulnerable at-risk populations. Prefer working experience using OASIS or Homeless Management Information System or other client database systems. Prefer public speaking skills. Prefer considerable experience in developing treatment plans with low income individuals and families. Prefer considerable experience conducting needs assessments with low income individuals and families.

Special Requirements
Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends. Valid driver's license. Criminal Records Check and CPS before hiring are required.

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