Overview

<b>Job Announcement</b><br /><br />Manages the daily operations of the mentoring program. The Befriend-A-Child programs serves children ages 5-12 who are at risk of abuse or neglect or who have been abused or neglected. Makes requested presentations in the community, responds to inquiries from the public in addition to educating the Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) staff on referring clients to the program. Conducts interviews, background checks and completes a written assessment of applicants who desire to be mentors along with providing preparation of applicants prior to their match with a mentee. Manages mentor/mentee matches. Trains new volunteers, organizes and provides ongoing support and guidance between mentors and the referring staff. Coordinates and attends monthly weekend activities (social/educational/experiential) for youth and mentors in the program. Uses automated technology to maintain client data, records, and correspondence. Responsible for managing the VPS newsletter and attending events including holiday and Volunteer & Partner Recognition. The position demonstrates the use of appropriate judgment to be given responsibility for managing complex and/or crisis situations. Works collaboratively with staff from the other CYF programs. Tracks program expenditures and establishes partnerships with businesses, individuals, and organizations that are willing to sponsor activities for the Befriend-A-Child program.<br /><br />Occasional evenings and one or two Saturdays per month are required.<br /><br />The position is currently located in the Pennino Building but could be located in any of the 4 regional DFS offices. <br /><br /><b>Employment Standards</b><br /><br /><strong>MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:</strong><br />Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree, plus three years of professional social work experience. A master's degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.<br /><br /><strong>CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:</strong><br />Driver's license (required upon hire).<br /><br /><strong>NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:</strong><ul> <li>Appointee must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer. <li>Driver's license or ability to efficiently access other means of transportation in order to visit clients in their homes and to meet with community service providers. <li>Some positions may require oral and written bilingual competency in English and a second language.</li></li></li></ul><strong>PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:</strong><ul> <li>Master's in social work (MSW); <li>Knowledge of child development; <li>Experience working with groups of children and/or adults; <li>Experience with community organization or establishing community partnerships; <li>Experience managing volunteers. </li></li></li></li></li></ul><strong>PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: </strong><br />Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. Ability to stand for 2 hours at a time. Sufficiently mobile to attend meeting and make presentations outside the office. Ability to use automated technology. The ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. <br /><br /><strong>SELECTION PROCEDURE:</strong><br />Panel interview; may include written exercise.<br /><br /><strong>It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce. </strong><br /><br />Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.


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