Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
4/1/2020

Chapter 670. Degree Requirements for Family Services Occupational Group

22VAC40-670-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Human services field" means the field of family services and related degrees, including counseling, gerontology, guidance and counseling, family and child development, psychology, sociology, or other related degrees determined by the Division of Human Resources based on the similarity of the curriculum and course content. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide information with the application if the applicant wishes the course content and curriculum to be so evaluated.

"Family Services Occupational Group" includes the following occupational titles:

Family Services Supervisor;

Family Services Specialist IV;

Family Services Specialist III;

Family Services Specialist II; and

Family Services Specialist I.

For purposes of this chapter, Family Services Occupational Group does not include Family Services Manager.

Statutory Authority

§ 63.2-217 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR615-01-90 § 1, eff. September 1, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 21, eff. August 6, 2009; Volume 30, Issue 8, eff. February 1, 2014.

22VAC40-670-20. Minimum employee entrance and performance standards.

A. In order to be hired for positions in the Family Services Occupational Group, individuals shall possess prior to their employment date a minimum of:

1. A baccalaureate degree in the human services field; or

2. A baccalaureate degree in any field accompanied by a minimum of two years appropriate and related experience in a human services related area.

B. In order to be evaluated for positions in the Family Services Occupational Group, individuals who do not meet the degree requirement at the time of application for employment must be in their last semester of a degree program that will meet the requirements of subsection A of this section.

C. To be considered for promotion, individuals employed in the Family Services Occupational Group or its equivalent without a break in service by a local department prior to January 1, 1999, shall:

1. Meet the requirements in subsection A or B of this section; or

2. Possess four years of appropriate and related experience in a human services area and must have successfully completed all required training related to the promotional area.

D. For individuals who indicate meeting the requirements in subsection A, B, or C of this section on the application for employment, the evaluation process will continue using knowledge, skill, and ability criteria. For individuals who do not indicate meeting the requirements in subsection A, B, or C of this section on the application for employment, the individuals will be unqualified and will not be further evaluated.

E. Individuals employed in the Family Services Occupational Group or its equivalent without a break in service by a local department prior to January 1, 1999, who do not meet the requirements of subsection A of this section, will be retained in their current occupational title or any lesser occupational title without having to meet the requirements of subsection A of this section. These individuals may be considered for employment in the same occupational title in another local department provided that there is no break in service. These individuals will be required to meet the requirements of subsection A, B, or C of this section for application to any higher occupational title in the Family Services Occupational Group other than their current occupational title.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217 and 63.1-219 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR615-01-90 § 2, eff. September 1, 1990; amended, Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 21, eff. August 6, 2009; Volume 30, Issue 8, eff. February 1, 2014; Volume 33, Issue 7, eff. January 13, 2017.



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