Family Services Specialist I/II/III
James City County’s Social Services Department seeks an individual to perform responsible work providing support and assistance to agency customers with personal, social, health, and economic needs; counsels clients, makes referrals, determines eligibility for social services, and serves as liaison between clients and ancillary agencies providing services. There are three levels of Family Services Specialist distinguished by the level of work performed and the qualifications of the employee.
Family Services Specialist I: $42,028 / year or higher DOQ
Family Services Specialist II: $45,074 / year or higher DOQ
Family Services Specialist III: $48,347 / year or higher DOQ
• Counsels and provides services to families and individuals by focusing on family preservation and reunification; monitors progress of customers; implements court ordered services; works with families to prevent crises.
• Provides protective services to children, the elderly, and the disabled in the community; secures the well-being of children, older adults, and families; removes victims from homes if necessary; provides after hours on-call services and emergency intervention.
• Manages assigned caseload by maintaining files, telephone contacts, referrals to private vendors for services, and preparing documents.
• Conducts field visits to schools, homes, and hospitals; makes referrals; coordinates with law enforcement and school personnel; makes serious and complex decisions and defends them in court.
• Makes referrals for services by being knowledgeable of local services and resources, working with service providers in the community, serving on interagency service assessment teams; serves as client advocate in accessing services and working with other agencies such as schools, courts, and mental health professionals.
• Provides assessment and case management for customers; develops and implements service plans to address family and individual needs.
• Provides 24-hour on-call responsibilities and is trained to provide emergency interventions.
• (Family Services Specialist III) Assists in case-related situations; represents the agency by actively serving on local, regional and state workgroups and taskforces; provides trainings for agency staff and/or community partners; covers cases during absences, leave and vacancies.