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Policy Specialist #W5467

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Commonwealth of VA Careers

Henrico, VA, US

4 days ago
full-time
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Job highlights

Qualification

Demonstrated experience in the administration of human services, child welfare services, education, juvenile justice or other related fields. Extensive knowledge of trauma-informed care and practice. Comprehensive knowledge of the impact of trauma on individuals and families and trauma-informed service delivery. Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to systems supporting a trauma-informed, two generation/whole family service model. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to create, effectively articulate and present complex concepts, ideas and strategies to senior leadership and others throughout the organization. Ability to deliver compelling presentations in both small and large group settings and orient the message to value the needs of the audience. Ability to collect and analyze information for federal and state data reporting. Strong problem solving, clear decision-making and critical thinking skills. Skilled in motivating, influencing, and supporting others to accomplish team and organizational goals. Ability to provide technical assistance to state and local staff and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external individuals. Knowledge of racial inequities and disproportionality. Experience in policy and practice related to engaging those with lived experience. Experience in contract administration. Selected candidate(s) must successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. A record of criminal history does not automatically bar an applicant from consideration

Responsibility

This position is responsible for supporting agency divisions in promoting trauma-informed, two generation/whole family approaches, including the Virginia HEALS Trauma-Informed Model of Service Delivery, by planning, developing, interpreting, implementing, and evaluating policies and practices across the agency and social services system. Collaborates with staff in divisions across the agency and key external stakeholders regarding policy and program development to ensure trauma-informed, two-generation/whole family statewide service delivery on behalf of children and families. The Policy Specialist reports to the Director of the Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy (OTRP), participates on the OTRP team, and works within and among various DSS Divisions to obtain a high level of participation and commitment to change

Benefits

  • In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDSS offers excellent health and life insurance benefits, pre-tax spending accounts, state funded Short and Long Term Disability, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance, free wellness programs, and a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings including employer matching – Employee Benefits
  • Retirement Savings
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Coverage
  • Paid Time Off

Job Description

Description

Title: Policy Specialist #W5467 State Role Title: Program Administration Specialist II Hiring Range: $75,000 - $85,000/yr. Pay Band: 5 Agency: Department of Social Services Location: DSS HOME OFFICE Agency Website: www.dss.virginia.gov Recruitment Type: General Public - G Job Duties At the Virginia Department of Social Services, we put people at the center of everything we do. We believe that every Virginian can live a life of dignity and that all voices, ideas and experiences contribute greatly to our pursuit of excellence. Inspired by continuous improvement, we commit ourselves to listening, learning and cultivating environments of trust, respect and positive engagement. Together, we are mission-driven, eager to achieve, and passionate about bringing the best of who we are to those we serve. We design and deliver high-quality human services that help Virginians achieve safety, independence and overall well-being. We are a $2 billion agency – one of the largest in the Commonwealth of Virginia – partnering with 120 local departments of social services and 31 community action agencies, along with faith-based and non-profit organizations, to promote the well-being of children, adults, and families statewide. We proudly serve alongside 1,650 (state) and 12,200 (local) human services professionals throughout the Social Services System, who ensure that thousands of Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens have easy access to the services and benefits available to them. In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDSS offers excellent health and life insurance benefits, pre-tax spending accounts, state funded Short and Long Term Disability, paid holidays, vacation, tuition assistance, free wellness programs, and a state retirement plan with options for tax-deferred retirement savings including employer matching – Employee Benefits. VDSS is a diverse, multi-racial and multicultural organization. Our commitment to fully embrace diversity, equity and inclusion is central to our mission, embedded in our core values and critical to the well-being of our staff and the communities we serve. As human service professionals, our success rests in our ability to cultivate inclusive environments, promote equitable outcomes, and demonstrate leadership through service. We all must choose to be informed, self-reflective and proactive in our advocacy. This includes constant evaluation of structures, norms and policies that perpetuate discrimination, racism, disparities and exclusion. This also includes full embedding our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion into specific and actionable practices throughout our entire social services system. The Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy (OTRP) at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is currently seeking a Policy Specialist. This position is responsible for supporting agency divisions in promoting trauma-informed, two generation/whole family approaches, including the Virginia HEALS Trauma-Informed Model of Service Delivery, by planning, developing, interpreting, implementing, and evaluating policies and practices across the agency and social services system. Collaborates with staff in divisions across the agency and key external stakeholders regarding policy and program development to ensure trauma-informed, two-generation/whole family statewide service delivery on behalf of children and families. The Policy Specialist reports to the Director of the Office of Trauma and Resilience Policy (OTRP), participates on the OTRP team, and works within and among various DSS Divisions to obtain a high level of participation and commitment to change. Minimum Qualifications • Demonstrated experience in the administration of human services, child welfare services, education, juvenile justice or other related fields. • Extensive knowledge of trauma-informed care and practice. • Comprehensive knowledge of the impact of trauma on individuals and families and trauma-informed service delivery. • Ability to interpret laws, rules, and regulations related to systems supporting a trauma-informed, two generation/whole family service model. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to create, effectively articulate and present complex concepts, ideas and strategies to senior leadership and others throughout the organization. • Ability to deliver compelling presentations in both small and large group settings and orient the message to value the needs of the audience. • Ability to collect and analyze information for federal and state data reporting. • Strong problem solving, clear decision-making and critical thinking skills. • Skilled in motivating, influencing, and supporting others to accomplish team and organizational goals. • Ability to provide technical assistance to state and local staff and maintaining effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external individuals. • Knowledge of racial inequities and disproportionality. Additional Considerations • Experience in policy and practice related to engaging those with lived experience. • Experience in contract administration. Special Instructions You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position. Selected candidate(s) must successfully pass a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. A record of criminal history does not automatically bar an applicant from consideration. Employment verification will be conducted to include current/previous supervisory employment reference checks. VDSS will record information from each new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) into the Federal E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization. Selected candidate may be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor. To be considered for this position, you must submit a Commonwealth of Virginia application or resume through the on-line “Virginia Jobs” (PageUp) employment site no later than 11:55 p.m. on the closing date listed. Each application is reviewed for documentation that shows the applicant meets the minimum and additional considerations as stated in the job announcement. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided. Multiple positions may be filled from this recruitment within 90 days of the closing date. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity within its workforce. VDSS does not provide sponsorship. VDSS is an official certified state agency that values the service and experience of our Veterans. As such, Veterans are encouraged to apply and receive preference in the hiring process. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni also are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations are available to applicants, if requested, during the application and/or interview process. If you have been affected by Policy 1.30 Layoff as a state employee and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening Form (Yellow Form) or a Preferential Hiring Card (Blue Card), you must submit this document through the “Virginia Jobs” (PageUp) employment site when you apply. Contact Information Name: VDSS - Division of Human Services Phone: dssrecruitment@dss.virginia.gov Email: dssrecruitment@dss.virginia.gov In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their AHP Letter (formerly COD) provided by the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Service-Connected Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their AHP Letter. Requesting an AHP Letter can be found at AHP Letter or by calling DARS at 800-552-5019. Note: Applicants who received a Certificate of Disability from DARS or DBVI dated between April 1, 2022- February 29, 2024, can still use that COD as applicable documentation for the Alternative Hiring Process.