Virginia State Government Family Services Specialist I/II (Pulaski) in Pulaski, Virginia

Position Information
Job Description

Pulaski County Pulaski County is located in Southwest Virginia approximately 60 miles south of Roanoke, Virginia.

Depending on the response to this recruitment, the position may be filled as a Family Services Specialist I or II.

Family Services Specialist I represents the entry level for employees working under close supervision while being trained in program areas such as, Adult/Adult Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoption. Employees perform routine- to journey-level casework activities and the casework usually is reviewed by the supervisor prior to implementing a case action. Upon completion of the training program and attainment of necessary approvals, the employee shall be redefined to a full-performance Family Services Specialist II and becomes eligible for a pay increase as defined by the local agency compensation plan. Interprets laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility; monitors, coordinates and administers specific programs as assigned; coordinates services within specific area of responsibility; interviews and assesses customer needs and other relevant factors such as education/skill levels, abilities, interests, and support systems; informs clients of related service programs rules/regulations, and right to participate; presents cases to determine appropriate services and writes/implements service plans; provides case management services to monitor compliance; manages program waiting lists; tracks expenditures, prepares/submits budget estimates and ensures payment for services; completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements; coordinates with other agencies and participates in multi-disciplinary and interagency teams providing services to customers; conducts overall monitoring of programs in specific area of responsibility; serves as resource to clients and the community in area of expertise. Provides after hours on-call coverage and responds to emergencies in child/adult protective services and/or foster care and also assists with emergency shelter operations, as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area as mandated in Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia and implemented by the Virginia Board of Social Services.

Some knowledge of: social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; and social, economic, and health problems. Skill in operating a motor vehicle and personal computer with associated software. Demonstrated ability to: communicate effectively both orally and in writing; interview, assess needs, counsel and refer clients to other resources as needed; develop and implement service plans in order to ensure the delivery of appropriate services to the client; make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; respond to the client’s emotions in order to accomplish services objectives; plan and manage own work activities including service delivery preparing reports, and correspondence, record keeping responsibilities and related activities; establish and maintain effective relationships; and stay abreast of current trends and developments in the social work field.

Preferred Qualifications

Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable.

Previous experience working with Social Work principles & practices OR internship experience in social work or a related human services field.

Special Requirements

Applicants may be subject to a Criminal History Background search, Central Registry search, DMV/driving record check, and/or pre-employment drug screen.

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.

This position is covered under Code of Virginia §63.2-1601.1 or §63.2-1720 requiring the finalist candidate to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information for a criminal history record check through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and a search of the Central Registry.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory results of the required checks and screenings.

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants are encouraged to provide a complete listing of work experience and qualification on the application.

Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered applications and resumes will not be accepted.

This website will provide a confirmation of receipt when the application is submitted for consideration.

Consideration for an interview is based solely on the information within the application.

Please refer to your RMS account for the status of your application and this position.

Applications must include complete work history, including periods of unemployment if applicable.

Selected applicants will be contacted by email address on application.

Contact Information
Name

Lee Ann Martin

Phone

540-980-7995, 142

Email

leeann.martin@pcdss.org

Address

53 Commerce Street Pulaski, VA 24301

Working Title: Family Services Specialist I/II (Pulaski)

Role Title: Local-Classified

Job Open Date: 06/16/2017

Open Until Filled: Yes

Is this position funded in whole or in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Package)?: No

Hiring Range: $29,930, may be higher depending upon qualifications

Agency: Dept of Social Services - Local (76501)

Agency Website: www.dss.virginia.gov

Location: Pulaski - 155

Position Number: 00081

Job Posting Number: 1025783

Type of Recruitment: General Public - G

Does this position have telework options?: No

Bilingual/Multilingual Skill Requirement/Preference: No

Job Type: Full-Time (Salaried)

Job Type Detail: Full-Time Salaried - Non-Faculty- FTS-1

Pay Band: UG