Virginia State Government Family Services Specialist III (Surry) in Surry, Virginia

Position Information

Job Description

Family Services Specialist III specializes in program areas and assume more complex duties such as: interviewing/investigating in cases involving suspected child/adult abuse/neglect, out-of-home placements, guardianships, emergency protective orders, and adoptions; testifying in legal proceedings; and placing children in foster/adoptive homes. Employees have contacts with others and influence outcomes by participating on task forces, strategic planning, mentoring, teaching, and conducting outreach. Programs areas generally include Prevention Services, Ongoing Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoption, in addition to other program areas. General work tasks includes monitors, coordinates and administers specific assigned programs; coordinates services within specific area of responsibility; writes service plans, and presents cases to determine appropriate services; tracks expenditures, prepares/submits budget estimates and ensures payment for services; interprets laws, policies and regulations as applied to specific area of responsibility; completes necessary federal, state and local planning and reporting requirements; manages program waiting lists; provides case management services to monitor compliance; refers families to treatment resources within the community; attends court, testifies in court and coordinates cases with attorneys; provides parent education and support for families in target population; conducts intensive in-home counseling; prepares reports to referral sources regarding status of various interventions; interviews and assesses clients and assigns to appropriate groups; informs clients of service programs and the rules and regulations, and right to participate; 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; performs investigative duties to include screens referrals for validity; Interviews all parties involved; assesses immediate and long-term dangers/risks to children; develops written services plan documenting goals, objectives and details of the services provided for each case; provides program administration and caseload management services; conducts visits and maintains contact with other professionals; accompanies victims and their families to court appearances; serves as support for the family; files petitions; testifies in criminal and civil cases; prepares court ordered home assessments and custody home studies; establishes and maintains case records; codes, enters and updates new and on-going cases in the state computer information system; and represents the agency at various functions such as making speeches at civic and business associations, providing training and workshops on child/adult abuse and neglect for public and private organizations.

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 (Section 22VAC40-670-20 of the Administrative Code of Virginia).

Working knowledge of: social work principles and practices; human behavior and motivational theory; laws, policies, and regulations relating to human services program areas; 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 insure 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

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 desirable.

Prefer experience in Prevention, Ongoing CPS, Foster Care and Adoption.

Prefer work experience in a Virginia Local Department of Social Services.

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 check (relevant to employment) and other checks requests 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 offer 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

Employment Consideration: Information on the application is the primary source used for screening the position. A resume will not substitute for a completed on-line State application. Applicants are encouraged to fully represent their qualifications on the application and must include complete information in all sections. Failure to complete any section may disqualify the application.

Applications for this position must be submitted electronically through this website. Mailed, e-mailed, faxed or hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

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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.

Contact Information


Valerie Pierce









Working Title: Family Services Specialist III (Surry)

Role Title: Local-Classified

Job Open Date: 03/12/2018

Job Close Date: 03/23/2018

Open Until Filled: No

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

Hiring Range: $32,089.00 (May be higher depending on qualifications and budgetary considerations.)

Agency: Dept of Social Services - Local (765-01)

Agency Website:

Location: Surry - 181

Position Number: L0004

Job Posting Number: 1035309

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