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.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  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 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Social Services Specialist II (Support Group and Training Position)

Agency: Department of Family Services, Children Youth and Families Division, Family Engagement Program, Kinship Family Institute
Job#: ELT-DFS-17010
Salary:$34.88/hour (S-23)
Hours: This position may not exceed 1,560 hours/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 sick or annual leave or receive holiday pay. 

Though based in the Kinship Family Institute in the Historic Courthouse in Fairfax, this position works at multiple sites throughout Fairfax County to develop, coordinate and lead kinship support groups and training for kinship family members and kinship service providers. Develops community partnerships to support the services and, as possible, collaborates with providers of existing support groups and training events.  Collects and maintains data on services provided and assists in the review and analysis of the data to help determine efficacy of services and community need.  Assists in the development of services for kinship families and in community engagement to increase awareness about kinship needs in Fairfax County and the services offered through the Kinship Family Institute. Must be sufficiently mobile to travel outside the office and county for meetings and community events and to set up rooms and materials for meetings.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor’s degree, plus two 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: The person appointed to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver’s check to the satisfaction of the employer. 

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in social work (MSW) or another human services area, and child welfare experience.   Experience in providing training and group facilitation, as well as developing community-based services and connecting clients to community-based services. Excellent communication skills, both listening and speaking.  Able to collaborate with a wide range of service providers. Able to help establish and maintain respectful relationships between kinship caregivers and service providers within a variety of service systems. Able to relate well and to communicate effectively with individuals from the community to be served across the full spectrum of cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, educational and age groups. 

If you would like to be considered for this position, please forward your resume to Nancy.Coffey@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Peer Support Specialist

Agency: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
Job#: ELT-DAHS-17005
Hours: Up to 20 hours per week; work schedule may include early morning, late evening, weekend and holidays.
Location: TBD

Peer Support Specialist shall provide non-clinical, person-centered, strengths-based, wellness-focused, and trauma-informed support while helping to ensure the person’s recovery plan reveals the needs and preferences of the person being served to complete their measurable and personalized goals. Peer Support Specialist serve adults with behavioral health challenges. Peer Support Specialists also serve as peers to parents and other family members who provide support to parents and children under the age of eighteen.

Peer Support Specialist shall provide hope, support, knowledge, role modeling, connection, navigation, and more through their personal experience in recovery from mental health or substance abuse concerns. The level of services provided must be determined on an individual basis taking into account the intensity of the situation for the individual receiving services, the experience of the Peer Support Specialist, the acuity of the consumer’s condition and the foundational value that peer support is always received on a voluntary basis. Peer Support Specialist share their first-hand experiences that inspire and support individuals in their personal management of behavioral challenges. They assist individuals receiving services in articulating personal goals for wellness, recovery, resiliency and self-advocacy. Peer Support Specialist provide and advocate for effective recovery-oriented services.

Services include: crisis intervention, individual, group, trauma informed and family peer support, and linking individuals to ongoing mental health, substance use or co-occurring services as well as a focus on community integration.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.

Must successfully participate in and complete Registration as a Peer Recovery Specialist as required by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) within one year of hire.

Must successfully complete requirements to become Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator within one year of hire.

Must successfully complete requirements to become Whole Health Wellness Management (WHAM) Peer Support Training Facilitator within one year of hire.

Preferred Requirements:Any combination of education and job experience that leads to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed for the position.  Prefer experience and/or education related to programs and services for veterans. Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or substance abuse issue, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is required with a self-affirmation of one year recovery time.

Knowledge of and experience in human services and behavioral healthcare field, including an understanding of the treatment and supportive services available to behavioral healthcare involved individuals, principles of confidentiality and knowledge of current behavioral health issues.

Note: * These position are exempt-benefits eligible (Status E) position. Status E employees work between 1,040 and 1,560 hours per calendar year and 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: Please send a complete resume to Mark.Blackwell@fairfaxcounty.gov

Peer Support Specialist

Agency: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
Job#: ELT-DAHS-17004
Hours: Up to 20 hours per week; work schedule may include early morning, late evening, weekend and holidays.
Location: TBD

Peer Support Specialist shall provide non-clinical, person-centered, strengths-based, wellness-focused, and trauma-informed support while helping to ensure the person’s recovery plan reveals the needs and preferences of the person being served to complete their measurable and personalized goals. Peer Support Specialist serve adults with behavioral health challenges. Peer Support Specialists also serve as peers to parents and other family members who provide support to parents and children under the age of eighteen.

Peer Support Specialist shall provide hope, support, knowledge, role modeling, connection, navigation, and more through their personal experience in recovery from mental health or substance abuse concerns. The level of services provided must be determined on an individual basis taking into account the intensity of the situation for the individual receiving services, the experience of the Peer Support Specialist, the acuity of the consumer’s condition and the foundational value that peer support is always received on a voluntary basis. Peer Support Specialist share their first-hand experiences that inspire and support individuals in their personal management of behavioral challenges. They assist individuals receiving services in articulating personal goals for wellness, recovery, resiliency and self-advocacy. Peer Support Specialist provide and advocate for effective recovery-oriented services.

Services include: crisis intervention, individual, group, trauma informed and family peer support, and linking individuals to ongoing mental health, substance use or co-occurring services as well as a focus on community integration.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, driving record, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.

Must successfully participate in and complete Registration as a Peer Recovery Specialist as required by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) within one year of hire.

Must successfully complete requirements to become Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator within one year of hire.

Must successfully complete requirements to become Whole Health Wellness Management (WHAM) Peer Support Training Facilitator within one year of hire.

Preferred Requirements:Any combination of education and job experience that leads to the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed for the position.  Prefer experience and/or education related to programs and services for veterans. Personal experience in recovery from a mental health and/or substance abuse issue, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is required with a self-affirmation of one year recovery time.

Knowledge of and experience in human services and behavioral healthcare field, including an understanding of the treatment and supportive services available to behavioral healthcare involved individuals, principles of confidentiality and knowledge of current behavioral health issues.

Note: These position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible to earn sick, annual, or holiday leave and nor eligible to participate in the County’s health and life insurance programs or retirement systems..

To Apply: Please send a complete resume to Mark.Blackwell@fairfaxcounty.gov

Mental Health Counselor – Limited Term – Non Merit

Agency: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
Job #: Mental Health Counselor - Limited Term
Salary: $17.25 to to $28.76 /hour (Grade S14)
Location: RIC Central - Annandale
Schedule: 30 hours per week; work schedule may include early morning, late evening, weekend and holidays.

The Supportive Community Residential Services Division of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Mental Health Counselor to provide mental health services at the Residential Intensive Care (RIC) Program in Annandale. The RIC Program provides to services 16 individuals with a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders. The program operates from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

A bachelor's degree in social work, counseling, psychology, or another human services field is required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be computer literate, and be comfortable working with clients in a residential services for seriously mentally ill adults, many with co-occurring substance use disorders and medical issues.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working in a mental health adult residential program. Qualified Mental Health Professional-Adult (QMHP) licensed or eligible.

Special Requirements: The appointee to these positions will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

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 and dental insurance coverage, and participation in flexible spending programs, but are not eligible to earn leave or receive holiday pay.

To Apply: Send resume by email to susan.gatsos@fairfaxcounty.gov

Hearing Officers

Agency: Civil Service Commission
Job # ELT-CSC-16001
Salary: $150/ hour, paid on a quarterly basis

The Fairfax County Civil Service Commission is seeking a contract Hearing Officer to preside over Employee Grievance Appeals. Assignments are made on a rotating basis between several Hearing Officers.  Pre-Hearing Conferences are conducted throughout the week as needed, and Hearings are scheduled on Wednesdays (average 8 hours per hearing). The Commission hears approximately twenty appeals annually.

Hearing Officers are independent attorneys retained by the Commission to conduct administrative hearings on grievances and to advise the panel of the Commission hearing the appeal on legal and procedural matters when the parties are represented by counsel. The Hearing Officer does not vote and participates in deliberations only to the extent of advising the panel concerning legal and procedural matters. The Hearing Officer is responsible for conducting hearings in an orderly and expeditious fashion; making rules on evidentiary and procedural questions; and, preparing the final written decision.

Qualifications: Five or more years of experience in the practice of employment law/ hearings. Membership in the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To Apply: Email your resume to sara.simmons@fairfaxcounty.gov  or fax to Attn: Sara Simmons at 703-653-9431.  

Election Officers

The Office of Elections is currently recruiting voters to serve as Election Officers a few days a year, including the upcoming 2016 elections. Election Officers are needed at each of the 242 precincts in Fairfax County to run the polls and assist the voters. Election Officers must be registered voters in Virginia and complete required training and forms. You may choose to accept the $175 stipend for a full day, or volunteer your time. Click here for details about becoming an Election Officer.


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