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CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST

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Loudoun County Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking candidates for two positions: an In-Home Specialist and an Investigative and Assessment Specialist. The successful candidates will join the Child Protective Services (CPS) Unit and a diverse department that envisions better health, safety, and well-being for all. The Department supports individuals and families in the community to live their best lives while advocating for those most vulnerable and respecting their right to self-determination.

This Family Services In-Home Specialist position uses strengths-based and trauma-informed perspectives and evidence-based practices to help families where child abuse or neglect has been substantiated to increase safety and reduce risk of future harm to their children and youth; evaluates purchased services and conducts periodic reviews adhering to all local, state, and federal policies and regulations.

The Family Services Investigative and Assessment Specialist position investigates and assesses child abuse and/or neglect complaints and devises safety and service plans adhering to all local, state, and federal policies, procedures and regulations.

This work is multifaceted, as outlined in its core responsibilities:

  • Engage families to improve family safety and encourage participation in services to enhance parenting skills and family functioning.
  • Refer families to appropriate community resources and supportive services
  • Conduct joint investigations with law enforcement in situations alleging child abuse or neglect classified as felony or Class 1 misdemeanor.
  • Prepare affidavits and testify in court.
  • Devise goal directed service plans.
  • Assess family and community protective and risk factors.
  • Coordinate and participate in family team meetings to address family crises and service needs utilizing a collaborative approach.
  • Collaborate with community partners.
  • Advocate for and referring families to appropriate community resources and supportive services.
  • Monitor and evaluate purchased services.
  • Complete required home visits, collateral contacts, and documentation within the mandated timeframes.
  • Assist in emergency situations as needed.
  • Participate in staff meetings, in-service trainings, and outside trainings for professional development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to resolve child safety issues and improve outcomes in families.

The CPS Family Services Specialist should possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of child protection laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of family dynamics and functioning and human development.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practices in child welfare.
  • Abilities to engage, interview, assess, counsel, and refer clients.
  • Abilities to assess child safety and risk using program specific tools.
  • Ability to think critically in crisis to mitigate risky family situations.
  • Ability to respond to complex family crisis situations.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to meet mandated timeframes and shifting priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written for engaging, interviewing, assessing, testifying, and documenting case records. Proficiency in electronic documentation.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook and Word software. 

This position may be filled at the Child Protective Services Specialist (CPS) (entry level) with a hiring range of $51,542.99-$69,583.04 salary commensurate with experience and position level. A CPS entry level position requires a bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or directly related discipline and one (1) year post-bachelor's degree professional child welfare or human/social services experience.

HIRING RANGE: $57,146.64-$77,147.96, COMMENSURATE WITH EXPERIENCE.

Loudoun County Department of Family Services (DFS) is seeking candidates for two positions: an In-Home Specialist and an Investigative and Assessment Specialist. The successful candidates will join the Child Protective Services (CPS…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

USD 57,146 - USD 97,149Position may be filled at Child Protective Services Specialist (entry level): Hiring Range $51,542-$69,583

Benefits

Loudoun County Regular Full-time Employees are eligible for full benefits including but not limited to the following as a part of a total rewards package!

  • Retirement from the Virginia Retirement System (VRS)
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Annual Paid Holidays
  • Group Health Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Exceptional Performance Recognition
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Education and Career Development

Loudoun County Regular Full-time Employees are eligible for full benefits including but not limited to the following as a part of a total rewards package!

  • Retirement from the…

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English and Spanish 
  • Fluency in English and Spanish 

Location

On-site
1 Harrison St SE, Leesburg, VA 20175, USA

How to Apply

Recruitment #22-123-0048. Visit our on-line employment center for more information and to apply. EOE

Recruitment #22-123-0048. Visit our on-line employment center for more information and to apply. EOE

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