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.  



Children’s Counselor  (Social Services Specialist III)

Agency: Office For Women & Domestic And Sexual Violence Services
Job # ELT-DFS-14011
Salary: $28.13 – $32.82/hour; benefits eligible*
Hours: Part-time, up to 30 hours per week

Provides short-term  individual, group, and family counseling and case management services to address the unique needs of children who have witnessed or otherwise been exposed to the trauma of domestic violence. Must be knowledgeable about family dynamics, parenting, and child development in providing counseling within a holistic, family-focused, trauma-informed framework. Will provide safety and clinical evaluations. Provides direct clinical services that may include interventions to deal with the short-term effects of exposure to violence, such as hyperarousal, withdrawn behavior, trouble sleeping, and behavioral problems and long-term effects, such as depression, anxiety, aggression, and low self-esteem. May provide therapeutic services utilizing specialized modalities proven to be effect with children including TF-CBT, play therapy, art therapy, sand-tray work, and others.  Makes appropriate referrals to long-term therapy and other community services providers, as appropriate, and works with other OFWDSVS staff members who might be providing services to other family members. Documents all client and collaborative work per professional and ethical standards. Provides trainings as requested and represents OFWSDVS on collaborative projects, as assigned. In rotation with other members of OFWDSVS, provides coverage and after-hours back-up to the 24-hour domestic and sexual violence hotline. Job requires ability to travel to various work sites around Fairfax County.

Illustrative Duties:

    • Works with parent of children affected by domestic violence to determine needs and concerns.
    • Provides crisis intervention with child(ren) to address short-term effects of domestic violence.
    • Serves as the subject matter specialist on child development and other children’s issues within OFWDSVS and the domestic violence community as a whole.
    • Provides parent consultations to discuss strategies and interventions parent can provide in the home environment.
    • Helps child(ren) to consider and develop options to enhance feelings of safety and security.
    • Provides therapeutic interventions using TF-CBT, sand tray, play therapy, and other modalities.
    • May serve on the Child Multi-Disciplinary Team and other interagency teams as requested.
    • Inputs clinical data into on-line client database and documents all hotline calls using VAData.
    • Answers the hotline during daytime work hours on a 4.5 hour shift and provides evening or weekend back-up to volunteers on the hotline at least two times per month.
    • Provides specialized trainings on pertinent topics to staff, community partners, interns, and volunteers.
    • Meets on a regular basis with Counseling Team Supervisor for one-on-one, clinical supervision.


    • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or related field.
    • Experience counseling children and families using various modalities of therapeutic intervention
    • Experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, especially domestic violence and/or child abuse.
    • Must be familiar with trauma-informed care.
    • Experience working with a diverse population.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to maintain professional ethics and client confidentiality.
    • Must be able to transport self to various worksites around the County.
    • Must be able to pass a background check and Child Protective Services registry check.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience working with children and families affected by domestic violence and/or child abuse.

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.

Note: This is a grant-funded position currently funded for one-year through the VA Dept. of Social Services. It is expected that this grant will be renewed but the continuation of the position relies on this funding being available.

To Apply: Interested candidates should email their resume to no later than September 19, 2014.

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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