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Benefit Programs Specialist IV

locationFranklin City - Virginia (VA),

atVirginia Dept of Social Services - Local

Estimated salary $38,009 a year

Job Description:

Benefit Programs Specialist IV represents the leadership level in the occupational group. Employees perform responsible lead work related to benefit programs. Employees are responsible for serving as lead worker and providing training and guidance to other Benefit Programs Specialists. Employees serve as support for the supervisor by performing tasks such as ensuring staff coverage, workload balance, training staff, reviewing case files, and providing back-up supervision of staff. Employees may provide consultation on complex cases and may also work on complex case assignments which require dealing with information that is sensitive and confidential. Employees work within established policies, procedures and guidelines with a high degree of independence, seeking supervisory assistance only in unusually complicated and difficult cases/situations. The BPS IV is distinguished from the Benefit Programs Supervisor by the latter’s spending a majority of time in supervisory activities such as handling personnel issues, problems, and evaluating the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications
Comprehensive knowledge of: applicable laws, codes, policies, and knowledge skills and abilities – procedures, including civil and Circuit Court procedures; basic human behavior, social problems and resources, and interviewing techniques; social, economic, health and cultural factors which can serve as barriers to employment; and counseling techniques. Skill and ability in operating a personal computer and the associated office and agency software. Demonstrated ability to: manage complex cases; read and interpret public policies and regulations sufficient to make decisions independently in a variety of public assistance program; train staff; speak in public, promoting agency programs; develop brochures and pamphlets and use audio-visual equipment; share learned information with co-workers; communicate effectively and diplomatically both orally and in writing with broad spectrum of individuals to include, but not limited to, customers, employers, courts, and medical professionals in person and on the phone;
interview, gather information, re-evaluate each client’s situation, and make referrals; determine a client’s ownership share in situations where multi-ownership exists; assess client’s needs through collection and analysis of employment history and pertinent personal, family and cultural information; use various types of automated technology to establish and maintain case records, access data such as estates, retirement accounts, and real estate, reports, and manipulate data; maintain professional ethics related to confidentiality; exercise sound judgment, discretion, tact and resourcefulness in solving problems and drawing logical conclusions; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with applicants and recipients, other public and private agencies, associates, and the public in a positive and tactful manner under sometimes stressful situations; and identify customers’ needs and explore options to address these needs within the available community resources.

Preferred Qualifications
Same as required in Benefit Program Specialist III with additional work experience in a leadership role and benefit programs (High school diploma supplemented with additional training and related work experience) OR any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Special Requirements

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications for this position must be completed electronically at Telephone inquires will not be accepted.

Lisa Gibbs


Franklin City Department of Social Services
306 North Main Street
Franklin, VA 23851

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