DCYF is hiring multiple Social Service Specialists (Social Workers) in our Mt. Vernon office.
Do you want the ability to impact families in a positive way? We are currently seeking proactive learners and resilient contributors to join our team as a Social Service Specialist. These careers focus on establishing meaningful relationships with families and the communities around them, in order to empower families to contribute to their own solutions and success. It is essentially the core of preventive social services.
We want to hear from you if you have the following:
Bachelor's or Master's degree in social services, human services, behavioral sciences, or an allied field, paid social service experience, and experience assessing risk and safety in children and/or youth.
If you have an MSW that included a practicum, please apply. The goal class for these positions is Social Service Specialists 3. We are considering candidates at the Social Service Specialist 2 or 3 levels. Individuals who come in at the 2 level will be placed in a 12 month training plan to advance to a Social Service Specialist 3. Experience is the only difference between qualifications and will be evaluated by the hiring manager.
These social service specialists will have the opportunity to work in one of the following programs:
- Child Protective Services (CPS):
- Investigations - CPS Specialists investigate allegations of severe physical child abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect in order to determine if additional services are needed to keep children safe, and help families be successful long-term. CPS Investigations are generally completed and closed within 45 days, or referred to FVS or CWFS for continued services.
- Family Assessment Response (FAR) - FAR is an alternative CPS pathway for families with low and moderate allegations of child abuse or neglect. Families who qualify for FAR may choose the FAR or Investigative pathway. In FAR, there is no investigation and no finding about whether the alleged abuse or neglect occurred. Social workers work with the family to keep children safe and build on their strengths to establish the community supports the family needs to be successful in the long-term.
- Family Voluntary Services (FVS): Individuals working with FVS provide early engagement services for families without court-ordered interventions. This program works with families through assessment and provides short-term voluntary placement and service delivery to minimize risk to children.
- Child and Family Welfare Services (CFWS): CFWS Specialists provide permanency planning and intensive treatment services to children and families with high levels of risk. These are long-term services that may include out-of-home care and adoption.
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Our focus is to support children and families at their most vulnerable points, giving them the tools they need to succeed. This agency was created to be a comprehensive agency exclusively dedicated to the social, emotional and physical well-being of children, youth and families — an agency that prioritizes early learning, prevention and early intervention at critical points along the age continuum from birth through adolescence.