Child Protective Services Human Services Clinician/Trainee (Bilingual and Non-Bilingual)

Position Information Benefits Supplemental Questions
Note: This announcement will create an eligibility list to fill current and future CPS Human Services Clinician/Trainee vacancies (bilingual and non-bilingual). Bilingual and non-bilingual candidates are highly encouraged to apply. The current vacancy is a bilingual English/Spanish position.
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The Child and Family Services Division, Department of Human Services seeks to fill a human services clinician position providing Child Protective Services (CPS). The work involves investigations and assessments and the provision of short term intervention to ensure child safety and well-being and to stabilize and support families. The CPS Human Services Clinician serves a culturally and ethnically diverse population, including a significant Spanish speaking population.
Specific duties include:
Leads multi-disciplinary treatment team in planning, organizing, and coordinating service delivery;
Conducts comprehensive assessments to determine risk and safety;
Conducts home visits to assess families;
Provides emergency, crisis intervention as needed to maintain safety and to provide for the best interest of the youth;
Provides court testimony;
Designs and implements treatment plans with children and families to reduce risk and enhance safety;
Searches for and initiates contact with family members and/or additional supportive adults;
Provides community education regarding CPS and mandated reporter training;
Coordinates and facilitates family engagement activities including Family Partnership Meetings; and,
Completes administrative program requirements including but not limited to: assessments, treatment plans, critical incident reports, detailed case contacts and progress notes and service plans for court reviews following agency standards and timelines.
The successful candidate will provide coverage after hours and on weekends, on an on-call basis.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
General knowledge of child welfare issues and regulations, child development and family dynamics, and the ability to interpret laws, policies and regulations;
Knowledge of social, economic and health problems;
General knowledge of individual and group behavior; ability to identify social problems and needs, and to assess the ability of individual and families to utilize services in problem solving;
Ability to think critically and work through problems with individuals and families in helping them solve their problems;
Strong organizational, planning and coordination skills;
Ability to mediate, manage conflict, and perform successful negotiations; and,
Ability to prepare reports and maintain electronic records.
Selection Criteria:MINIMUM:
Trainee Level for bilingual and non-bilingual positions: Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or other directly related clinical discipline which required a clinical practicum in a child welfare setting (foster care, adoption, child protective services, family preservation & permanency planning, domestic violence, housing & homelessness, behavioral health to include alcohol & other drugs, & mental health). The clinical practicum should involve diagnostic, treatment and case management services.
Full Performance level for bilingual and non-bilingual positions: Master's degree as above which required a clinical practicum PLUS two years of post-Master's degree experience providing professional clinical social work services, one year of which should include experience in a child welfare setting (as above). Clinical practicum as well as post-Master's clinical experience should involve diagnostic, treatment and case management services.
For bilingual English/Spanish positions: Only candidates who are proficient in speaking and understanding English/Spanish will be considered for these positions.
Substitution: A directly related higher level clinical degree may substitute for the Master's degree education requirement and one year of general social work experience. In the case of such substitution, the remainder of the qualifying work experience must have been gained after the higher level degree was awarded and must be in child welfare.
Desirable:
Child welfare experience including performing child protective investigations, foster care and/or family preservation;
Experience working with the court system;
Coursework in child development and/or family dynamics;
Experience with clinical treatment methods, including assessment and treatment planning;
Knowledge of and skill in group facilitation, specifically, family group conferencing or family group decision-making; and/or
Virginia licensed or license-eligible as a clinical social worker.
Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Special Requirements:Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. An offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.
A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.
An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency using social work terms will be required before a candidate can be appointed to the bilingual position. The incumbent of this position will receive language pay for all hours worked and for paid leave hours.
Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is a requirement of the selection process for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Additional Information:This position may be filled at either the full performance level or trainee level. If a trainee is hired, depending on qualifications, a training period will be established to last no longer than the equivalent of two years. At the end of the training period, employee must meet experience, training and proficiency requirements for the journey level position. Once the candidate qualifies, the probationary period will begin.
Trainee level salary: $51,812.80 - $79,144.00
Work Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend on-call coverage for approximately one week in every 28 weeks will be required.
The employee is required to travel daily within Arlington to private homes to investigate child abuse/neglect allegations, to court to testify on specific cases, and to public/community centers to present training sessions. Regular travel is also required within and outside the Washington metropolitan area to foster homes and residential treatment sessions.

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