Non-Merit Social Services Job Opportunities

social servicesThe following non-merit social services job opportunities are now available. Please note that these positions generally do not have fringe benefits such as leave, health insurance or retirement, unless specified in the job announcement.

Fairfax County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans' status. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.  



Social Services Specialist III

Agency: Department of  Family Services
Job # ELT-DFS-14014
Salary:  28.13/hour, benefits eligible*
Schedule: 30 hours per week
Location: Pennino Building, 12011 Govt. Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia

This Specialist serves as a liaison between the foster care program and the juvenile court.  Provides direct social work services including counseling, crisis intervention, mediation and information and referral to children and families referred by the juvenile court for placement into foster care.  Conducts pre-custody assessments and develops creative community based plans for youth to divert the need for placement in foster care.  Prepares and presents expert testimony and case recommendations in juvenile and circuit courts.  Serves as a consultant, trainer and policy expert for other social workers.  Provides assistance to the unit supervisor and covers for the supervisor in her absence.  Conducts pre-custody foster care assessments through interviews and home visits.  Development of social histories and collateral contacts with other professionals.  Serves as comprehensive services act (CSA) case manager for a limited number of emotionally and behaviorally disordered youth who are at significant risk of entering foster care.  Serves as the DFS representative on child specific teams for cases which are referred by judges, probation officers and other human services professionals.  Provides direct therapeutic services such as counseling, crisis intervention, mediation and information and referral to youth and families until a final plan for service provision is achieved such as remain in the home, placement with relative or placement in foster care.  Prepares case documentation and files petitions in court pursuant to matters such as custody determination and child in need of services (CHINS).  Monitors client progress through home and field visits and collateral contacts.  Conducts ongoing risk assessment as clinically indicated.  Evening and/or weekend work is occasionally required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree, plus three years of professional social work experience. A master’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

Special Requirements:  Appointee will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective services check and driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Preferred Qualifications:  Master’s degree in social work (MSW).

Note:  *This position may not exceed 1,560 hours per calendar year.  Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision, dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs.  They are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

To Apply: Email your resume to to

Social Services Specialist III

Agency: Department of Family Services
Job # ELT-DFS-14008
Salary: $34.05 - $42.56
Schedule: Monday-Friday, approximately 17-20 hours per week

This job announcement will be used to hire two positions. The position will be located in either the Fairfax or Alexandria office however the person hired will be expected to travel throughout Fairfax County. The Neighborhood Networks program supports families as they build on their strengths as parents and leaders within their community. Neighborhood Networks is a child abuse prevention program that works in collaboration with Fairfax County Public Schools, local non-profits, and other Fairfax County and community agencies.

This dynamic position serves as a behavioral health consultant to interagency team based planning meetings and helps school/county colleagues from other agencies in understanding and navigating the processes related to the mental health needs of children, youth, and families. The Specialist provides consultation/parent coaching services and support for families who are concurrently receiving case management services through the Department of Family Services (DFS) Neighborhood Networks program, and behavioral health consultation to Social Services Specialists who are providing case management services through programs within the Children, Youth and Family Division (CYF). 

This person must have experience and comfort with interagency collaboration and team-based problem-solving. They must also have experience providing direct clinical interventions to children, youth, and families and an understanding of the mental health issues related to child abuse prevention.

Preferred Qualifications: Clinical social work experience, post licensure. LCSW or LPC. Experience working in school and community-based settings, and Spanish language capabilities.

To Apply: Email your resume to

Drop–In Child Care Supervisor

Agency:  Fairfax County Park Authority
Job # ELT-FCPA-14032
Salary: $14.00 to $16.00/hour, benefits eligible*
Schedule: 20-30 hours per week

Oak Marr RECenter is seeking qualified individuals to supervise their new child care drop-in operation. The Child Care Supervisor manages the operation and helps develop, plan and implement the child care policies to ensure a safe, fun and nurturing environment for children. Duties include scheduling, hiring, monitoring staff-to-child ratios, program development, and supervision of paid or volunteer child care workers. 

Essential Functions:

    • Manages all child care operations and programs, ensuring compliance with policies and procedures.
    • Assists in the development and implementation of the program curriculum and activities. 
    • Recruits, hires, develops and supervises staff teams.
    • Practices continuous quality improvement, evaluating practices and programs and implementing changes as needed.
    • Ensures that all administrative tasks related to site/program operations are completed.
    • Assists the Land Programmer in reaching enrollment and revenue goals.
    • Manages the department budget.
    • Completes administration work as required for center operations.
    • Serves as part of the branch leadership team.
    • Works hands-on to meet ratio requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Minimum age of 21.
    • Minimum of two years of experience working with and leading youth programs.
    • Minimum of one year previous supervisory experience.
    • Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills.
    • Adult and child CPR or CPR/PR, First Aid, and AED Certifications within 30 days of hire date.
    • Commitment to working with school age children in a recreational setting and a sincere desire to have a meaningful effect on their lives.
    • Basic skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel.
    • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

    • Degree in education or recreation.
    • Education or experience in child development, child guidance, human relations, communication, or recreational programs.
    • Experience in early education or childcare and supervisory experience. 

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer. Must have supervisory experience.

Note: *This position may not exceed 1560 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are eligible for limited employee benefits, including medical, vision and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs, but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

To Apply: Email your resume to or mail it to:

Attn: Kirt Chase
Oak Marr Recreation Center
3200 Jermantown Road
Oakton, VA 22124

Cook (part-time)

Agency: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
Job # ELT-CSB-12010
$13.99 to $18.66/hour  
Location: Chantilly, Virginia
Schedule: 20 hours per week; no nights required

An excellent opportunity for someone with cooking and people skills. Works in a residential treatment setting within a Fairfax County Alcohol and Drug Treatment and Detox facility.  Duties include menu planning, inventory management, and working directly with clients. Requires ability to work as part of a team in the production of approximately 200 quality meals per day. No nights required.

Special Requirements: Position requires Food Handler’s license, and the ability to work weekends and holidays. Annual TB screening needed.  The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) check and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

To Apply: Send your resume by fax to 703-502-7006 or by email to

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