Applications must be submitted through the Virginia State Application System to be considered (Position #L0075)

Prevention Services Program Coordinator (Bright Stars)

State Position #L0075

Department of Social Services

Full-Time, 12 months
Exempt, Pay Grade 18, VRS-Eligible, Benefits-Eligible


The Prevention Services Program Coordinator (Bright Stars) performs difficult professional and administrative work in developing and managing an At- Risk Prevention Program for the department. This position works with the at risk four year old initiative (Bright Stars) in the County elementary schools and/or the Family Support Program in the County elementary and middle schools. Supervises and supports staff in the delivery of family support services in the County schools and in the community. Articulates, supports and applies the high performance practices (continual quality and service improvements, participatory involvement, teamwork, data collection and analysis) of the department. Supports the development of staff by mentoring, coaching and providing one-to-one or group learning. Influences others by example and by persuasion to commit to County, department and unit goals.


The Department of Social Services (ACDSS) is an award-winning human service organization with the motto “listening to the need … working together for solutions”. With a strong focus on metrics, teamwork and creating leaders at all levels, ACDSS is a model high performing organization.

ACDSS provides services that promote self-sufficiency and support individuals and family well-being. Services focus on protective and support services, education, prevention and early intervention programs, employment and child care services, and benefit programs. ACDSS works closely with partner agencies in the community, the School Division, and other departments within the Local Government Division.

The Albemarle County Department of Social Services deviates from the Virginia Department of Social Services Human Resources Polices for purposes of classification and compensation, and also follows most general County Human Resources policies.


Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for the casework, administrative and support functions of the program;
  • Supervises or provides for the supervision of program staff, including casework and support staff;
  • Provides for coordination with other departmental prevention program(s) to assure effective delivery of services;
  • Maintains extensive contacts with school personnel including principals, assistant principals, teachers and others; also, contacts with numerous local social service agencies; provides pivotal role in community service coordination;
  • Coordinates the preparation of program plans: management, strategic, annual report, state plans, etc.
  • Coordinates, reviews, and/or prepares monthly and special reports to the director, advisory board and school and/or local government officials;
  • Researches and assists in developing resources for prevention programs; prepares grant applications;
  • Attends meetings of local organizations and coalitions as representative of the department, representing and/or explaining programs;
  • Conducts team staffing to determine the appropriate service provision, reviewing difficult or problem cases;
  • Gathers pertinent data and evaluates criteria in making recommendations;
  • Evaluates programmatic needs and advocates for same;
  • Authorizes funding for services; provides oversight for purchase of services process; monitors expenditures;
  • Recommends personnel actions such as hiring, advancement, discipline, etc.;
  • Responds to inquiries regarding services offered; responds to concerns and complaints regarding program policies and practice; coordinates and/or assists with special projects or events;
  • Researches and formulates programs and policies in providing support to program staff;
  • Briefs the director and other management staff on local, state, and federal legislative issues that impact the program, to assure understanding of the issues, background and relative importance;
  • Makes recommendations regarding regulations and implementation of service programs;
  • Assesses staff development needs and provides for training;
  • Participates in agency functional teams and workgroups; and in agency and interagency meetings;
  • May assume responsibility for shelter management as part of the County Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a Human Services field or minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field and a minimum of two years of appropriate and related experience in a Human Services area Considerable experience in assigned program area/human services programs and completion of required training programs. Supervisory experience or work experience in a leadership role. Equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Possession of a BSW or MSW degree and a Commonwealth of Virginia Social Worker license are desirable. Masters Degree preferred. Experience with early childhood education preferred. Clinical licensure, experience in school setting, bilingual in English and Spanish are desirable. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid appropriate driver permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: principles and practices of effective supervision; policies, procedures and regulations relating to direct service programs; the literature in the field of human service programs, including service delivery within school systems and in the family; casework supervision principles and practices; principles and processes for providing customer and personal services to include needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of satisfaction; and social, economic, health and employment problems that face individuals, groups and communities. Skill in operating a personal computer and the associated software and the operation of a motor vehicle. Demonstrated ability to: plan and manage work activities and assist others in their planning and management; develop programs and procedures; make decisions in difficult situations; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; apply service and intervention approaches; interpret laws, policies and regulations regarding human services, ensure compliance and recommend needed changes; establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, school and local government officials and employees; supervise others working with clients; analyze situations to make sound judgments within the framework of existing laws, policies, and regulations; and train, evaluate, lead, and develop subordinate staff.


Work is typically performed in an office setting with occasional extended period of time at a computer terminal. Frequent need to travel in the County to school sites for meetings. Occasional travel beyond the County for training or meetings is required. Regular contact with state staff of various departments including Social Services and Education. Occasional contact with other departments within the County. Frequent contact with schools.


The full salary range for this position is $55,058 - $89,872 per year depending on qualifications, experience, and internal equity. The position also provides excellent benefits including 12 paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave, health insurance options with employer contribution, employer-paid life insurance, VRS retirement, and continuing education/training opportunities. This is a full time, FLSA Exempt position. Internal candidates will receive pay adjustments in accordance with Local Government Personnel Policy, §P-60.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST

PROCESS: Applications must be submitted through the Virginia State Application System to be considered (Position #L0075)

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Hiring for Albemarle County shall be accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status or disability unless otherwise permitted by County policy or applicable law. Applicants hired by the County must be citizens of the United States or legally authorized to work in the United States. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities if requested.

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