SENIOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST
Company: Loudoun County Government
Posted on: November 20, 2023
SENIOR CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SPECIALIST
7/22/2023 08:00:00 AM
Open until filled
$65,008.34 - $113,764.60
Open and Competitive
Loudoun County is one of the fastest growing counties in the
country, known for its excellent quality of life and strong economy
while embracing its historic presence. Located 35 miles west of
Washington DC, Loudoun County offers diverse cultural,
recreational, and educational opportunities.
Loudoun County Family Services is seeking a dedicated, energetic,
and established professional candidate to assist with leading a
Child Protective Services (CPS) Investigations and Family
Assessments team as the Senior Child Protective Services
Specialist. Core work hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00
p.m., including rotating on-call shifts to receive and validate
referrals or respond to emergency family situations, as required.
The CPS team will consist of a CPS Supervisor, this Senior CPS
Specialist, and five (5) Family Services Specialists.
The successful candidate will be a part of 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. The Senior Family
Services Specialist will serve as the lead worker providing
technical guidance, support, and training to Family Services
Specialists and supervision of interns on a dynamic team responding
to the needs of our most vulnerable children and families.
Additionally, the successful candidate will respond to and provide
emergency crisis intervention, investigate serious allegations of
abuse or neglect (sex abuse, human trafficking, out-of-family
investigations), and perform comprehensive assessments of children
and their families as part of a team. This includes interviewing
children, parents and guardians, and collateral contacts to
determine risk and safety utilizing strengths-based and
trauma-informed practices, as well as devising safety and service
plans to assure child wellbeing while adhering to all federal,
state, and local policies, procedures, and regulations, including
completeness and timeliness.
The nature of this work is dynamic given the critical crisis
responses and interventions to achieve the safety of children and
youth. This position requires the individual to assist in
maintaining a supportive work environment, with the ability to
inspire and encourage productivity and teamwork amongst staff. Work
is performed in a forward-thinking organization that requires
sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals,
priorities, and needs.
The successful candidate will:
- Assist with training coworkers by explaining program policies
- Serve as a supervisor in the supervisor's absence.
- Conduct and complete in-depth client assessments and/or
investigations with minimal oversight.
- Develop individualized service plans for assigned cases and
clinical case management, oversight, and therapeutic interventions
to assist clients in achieving or maintaining the highest level of
- Document clients' service histories as required using
appropriate state and local case management computer programs to
open, update, and close records.
- Provide courteous and timely customer service to County staff,
vendors, citizens, and other visitors.
- Complete special projects as assigned, independently or as a
member of a team.
- May perform other essential job functions specific to the
position and department assignment.
We are seeking candidates with:
- Knowledge of social services systems for children, families,
and adults which reflects trauma-informed and strengths-based
philosophy and values.
- Knowledge of government structure, operation, and pertinent
regulatory framework and functions.
- Knowledge of casework theory and practice and clinical work
includes applying assessment, treatment, and case management
- Skill and ability to communicate effectively in understandable
terms, both verbally and in writing.
- Ability to lead and mentor staff and provide appropriate work
guidance. Ability to understand, interpret, and apply policy
appropriately in assigned areas.
Clinical supervision is available to eligible employees upon
The hiring salary is commensurate with the experience.
Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Public Administration, Psychology,
Social Work, or a related field (Master's degree preferred); three
(3) years of related work experience in a social service field or
child/adult welfare department; or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
Bi-lingual skills in Spanish and English.
- Successful candidates must be available to perform work
primarily evenings, nights, and scheduled weekends and
- This position is considered essential personnel and will
require report to work during times designated countywide as
approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency (e.g.,
weather, transportation, disaster).
- Candidate may also be required to work and may be assigned to
an alternate worksite(s) within the county to carry out duties that
support operational needs.
Post Conditional Offer Contingencies
Successful candidates will undergo CPS, Criminal, and DMV checks.
The candidate must possess and maintain a valid resident's driver's
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
Click on a link below to apply for this position:
Fill out the
Supplemental Questionnaire and
Application NOW using the Internet.
If you have questions about how to apply online, you may contact us
by phone at (703) 777-0213 or email us at HR@loudoun.gov. EOE.
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