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Social Services Specialist1

Department of Human Services


McRae-Helena, GA, USA


Social Services Specialist 1 - 00024828 Salary $42,387.99 Annually Location Telfair Co., GA Job Type Full Time Job Number 2024-59474 Division/Office County DFCS - Region 9 Unit Telfair Co. DFCS Opening Date 10/11/2023 Closing Date 10/22/2023 11:59 PM Eastern Description Benefits Questions


Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia. The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) delivers a wide range of human services designed to promote self-sufficiency, safety and well-being for all Georgians. 

What we offerEnjoy a generous benefits package that includes a flexible work schedule, unique training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 13 paid holidays, vacation & sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance; in addition to telework opportunities depending upon the position.

Start your career in public service.  The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is seeking candidates for the position of Social Services Specialist 1.  This position is located in Telfair County, Georgia.


Job Description

Pay Grade: G

This position has designated special entry salary that is non-negotiable. (With a Bachelors degree the special entry salary is $42,387.99; with a Masters Degree in a behavioral science special entry salary is $45,926.79)  

Under general supervision, the Social Services Specialist 1 provides investigative and comprehensive case management for a caseload involving child/adult abuse or neglect. Makes immediate and follow-up actions for at risk clients in need of protective services and/or placement.Roles and Responsibilities

  • Initiates timely, face-to-face responses to screened-in reports of alleged child maltreatment and conducts assessments that identify and address safety concerns.

  • Addresses identified safety concerns by immediately developing and implementing safety plans.

  • Conducts diligent search efforts to locate the child/family when unable to make contact.

  • Implements Solution Based Casework (SBC).

  • Partners with child(ren) and parents in the development and utilization of the Family Functioning Agreement, Action Plan, and Family Plan to achieve desired individual and family-level outcomes.

  • Completes genograms to identify available family support network.

  • Collaborates with community partners to create systems of support for children and families.

  • Ensures that frequency and quality of visits with children and families are adequate to ensure safety, permanency, and well-being.

  • Identifies the physical, educational, and mental/behavioral health needs of children, parents, and foster parents and ensures identified needs were effectively addressed.

  • Establishes permanency goals for the child(ren).

  • Ensures foster care placements and/or living situations are stable and in the best interests of the child(ren) and are consistent with achieving established permanency goal(s).

  • Makes concerted efforts to achieve permanency for children in a timely manner and consistent with regulations contained in the Adoptions and Safe Families Act.

  • Ensures that siblings in foster care are placed together unless a separation is necessary to meet the needs of one of the siblings.

  • Maintains child's connections to his or her neighborhood, community, faith, extended family, tribe, school, and friends.

  • Promotes, supports, and otherwise maintains a positive and nurturing relationship between the child(ren) in care and their biological parents/caretakers by encouraging and facilitating activities and interactions beyond visitation.

  • Documents case management activities within time frames established by policy.

  • Celebrates positive outcomes with child(ren) and family.

  • Utilizes privately owned vehicle for work-related travel and duties (including transportation of children).

  • Routinely serves on after-hours on-call duty.

  • Embraces ongoing learning and professional development opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

  • Must have reliable transportation, proof of auto insurance, a valid state-issued driver's license, and an acceptable driving history record.


  • Applicants must pass the standard agency testing protocol for the position in which they are hired in order to maintain the position.

  • Although agency employees are authorized to telework temporarily, employees are subject to be called into the office as needed.

Additional Information

For more detailed information about the Georgia Department Human Services  

Employment Information


Current State employees are subject to State Personnel Board (SPB) Rules regarding salary.

DHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer


If you require accommodations under the American Disability Act (ADA), email request by the closing date of this announcement to:


The candidate selected for this position may be subject to pre-employment drug screening, education verification, reference, motor vehicle records, and criminal background checks.


DHS accepts educational credential recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and/or the US Department of Education (DOE) will be considered. DHS will contact educational institutions to verify degree, diploma, licensure, etc.


As an employee of DHS, in the event of an identified emergency you may be required, as a term and condition of employment, to assist in meeting the emergency responsibilities of the department.


Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring official for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.


This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. 




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