The Child and Family Services Division (CFSD) of the Department
of Human Services is hiring a Family Support Worker to support case
managers in providing child welfare services to children and
parents. This Family Support Worker will perform work in the
community assisting clients in implementing service plans and
achieving plan goals which focus on the safety, permanency, and
well-being of children while working to stabilize and support
families. This interaction with children and families may include
services such as teaching and modeling parenting skills, assisting
with grocery shopping, providing guidance in accessing public
benefits, accompanying clients to appointments, and identifying
safe and affordable housing. This Family Support Worker serves a
culturally and ethnically diverse population.
* Monitors supervised visits between siblings, biological
parents, and foster parents to assess and document interactions; *
Promotes parenting skills of parents and caregivers through
hands-on approaches and exercises; * Assists with the scheduling
and coordinating of client appointments; * Transports clients to
visitations and appointments with service providers; * Serves as a
liaison between community-based agencies and CFSD case managers to
support timely and effective service delivery; * Develops links and
relationships with resources in the community to make referrals
when appropriate; * Participates as a trained Family Partnership
Meeting (FPM) coordinator/facilitator to support the FPM team when
conducting FPM meetings; * Collaborates with case managers in
requesting case-related information, contacting agencies, and
completing searches which may include connecting with difficult to
locate family members; * Provides services related to planned or
emergency placement of children; * Participates in case and
supervisory conferences to provide input and progress on services
provided; and * Documents assessments and services provided in
The primary purpose of this position is providing program
support to the Child and Family Services Division. The work
involves is sensitive in nature involving children placed in foster
care due to abuse and neglect, and children who are at-risk of
foster care placement. The family support worker carries out
decisions made by the supervisory social worker in compliance with
federal, state and agency guidelines. The position will require
initiative to choose a course of action from many alternatives and
an ability to respond quickly in crisis.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services
in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner.
Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached,
engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency,
sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client
experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender,
racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription,
physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual
orientation, and linguistic needs. Selection Criteria
* Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology,
Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling; and * At least one
year of experience providing direct services to children and
families involved with child welfare.
Substitution: A directly related higher level degree as
described above and experience providing social services to
children in the welfare system may substitute for the education
requirement . Additional directly related experience may substitute
for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with
experience in one or more of the following:
* Master's degree in Human Services, Counseling, Psychology, or
other directly related field; and/or * Providing child welfare
services to individuals from diverse cultural/ethnic
Applicant must possess or obtain by the time of appointment, a
valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place
of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness
to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned
duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary
worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain,
or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official
state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be
contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving
A background check is required and may include checks of the
following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional
licensure, and credit check and may require signing a release
authorizing the County to obtain this information. The position
will require travel around Arlington County. Applicant must possess
or obtain by the time the appointment a valid Driver's license from
the applicant's place of resident or be willing to use alternative
modes of transportation.
A pre-hire background check and State of Virginia Child Welfare
and Neglect Central Registry will be required.
An online application is required.
Work Hours: This is a full-time (40 hour per week) position.
Scope of work generally performed Monday through Friday, between
the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend
work may be required.
The office is located at 2100 Washington Blvd (Sequoia Plaza);
however much of the work (50%) is performed at locations in
Arlington County and the surrounding jurisdictions.
Please complete all sections of the application. Your responses
to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the
selection process and are required for this position. Please do not
give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. Please provide details to
receive full credit for your experience.
Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether
a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number
of months the position is scheduled.
Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment
can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department
Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise
stated in the announcement. The following benefits are
Paid Leave: Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours
biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight
hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of
service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly.
There are eleven paid holidays each year.
Health and Dental Insurance: Three group health insurance plans
are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan,
and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance
plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the
premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A
discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.
Life Insurance: A group term policy of basic life insurance is
provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual
salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on
the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.
Retirement: The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare
for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan
(401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined
benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your
final average salary and years of service with the County. You
contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this
plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public
safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in
the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to
For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay
to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches
your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The
457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on
either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS
annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a
pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.
Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care,
and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance;
tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a
college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities;
and a variety of other employee benefits.
Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive
paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked
Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the
employees do not achieve permanent status.
Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week
are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as
described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave,
and paid holidays.
Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable
hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid
leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual
Please provide the following: Highest level of degree earned:
Area of focus: Years of full-time experience providing social
services to children involved with child welfare.
Please refer to the selection criteria. Please provide complete
details of work experience providing social services to children in
the welfare system which qualify you for this position including
name of employer, dates of employment, and responsibilities
performed. Please do not respond with "see resume".
Please use this space below to provide any additional
information or work experience in a child welfare setting which you
would like to be considered.
Agency Arlington County
Address 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 511
Arlington, Virginia, 22201