Community Services Program Specialist

Community Services Program Specialist


Job Description


Position Summary
Position responsible for handling a case load involving Giles County Recovery Court, WORK Program, community service and Assign-A-Highway clients; meeting with clients; performing crisis interventions; making recommendations and referrals for services; and conducting classes twice per week for drug court and WORK program clients. Position reports directly to the program director/coordinator.


Minimum Qualifications
1. Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a Human Services filed from an accredited college or     university or equivalent work experience. Master’s Degree preferred.
2. Experience in mental health or substance abuse treatment preferred.
3. Proof of education, training and/or experience is required.


Duties and Responsibilities
1. Completes intake paperwork and service needs assessments that include participation by     client and referral source in identifying strengths, service needs and discharge     recommendations.
2. Completes required documentation and reports within the defined timelines and/or as     requested including monthly progress reports.
3. Provides supportive counseling on an as needed basis.
4. Prepares and submits recommendations concerning participants to the team on a monthly     basis.

  1. Meets participants in various settings to ensure compliance of rules and monitor progress; performs crisis intervention as necessary.
    6. Verifies compliance for all program mandates and directives.
    7. Conducts drug screens as outlined in program policy.
    8.  Assists participants to identify their personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses regarding recovery.
    9. Sets up community service as needed for program clients.
    10. Prepares and executes referrals to other agencies for services needed by the participants and     occasionally his/her families.
    11 Participates in community outreach activities with outside employers, employment agencies,     service companies, and housing agencies to aid in finding work and living accommodations     for participants in the program.
    12. Maintains records for participants, and sets up payment plans for WORK Program     participants.
    13. Stays abreast of current case management techniques and best practices in recovery courts.
    14. Attends team meetings and court sessions pertaining to the program.
    15. Performs other related duties as required or directed.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Ability to define problem areas with clients.
2. Ability to analyze and make quick, sound decisions based on information provided.
3. Ability to utilize case management skills when working with clients.
4. Ability to organize work, set priorities and monitor details.
5. Ability to develop a rapport with clients.
6. Ability to prepare detailed comprehensive reports.
7. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to make formal presentations in court and to     the public.
8. Ability to recruit and cultivate volunteers for program.
9. Knowledge of social service agencies and recovery courts best practices.
10. Ability to work in high pressure situations.
11. Ability to work as part of a team.


Special Requirements
1. Must possess a valid driver’s license and provide copy of driving record.
2. Must have daily access to an operable automobile and meet county requirements for     automobile insurance upon date of employment.
3. Must be available for evening, weekend, and holiday work, as required.


Giles County offers competitive wages and benefits package.  If interested, please pick up an application at the Giles County Administration Office located at 315 North Main Street, Pearisburg, VA.  Applications are also located on the Giles County webpage at the following location: 


Giles County Is An Equal Opportunity Employer


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