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.







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

Child Welfare Training Coordinator – Social Services Specialist III (S-25)

Agency: Department of Family Services
Job #: ELT-DFS-16016
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience ($28.8226 – $48.0377 per hour)
Hours Exempt benefitted position, approx. 30 hours/week; up to 1560 hours per calendar year
Location: Pennino Building in Fairfax Virginia

Duties: The Child Welfare Training Coordinator will have lead responsibility for implementing the newly created Department of Family Services - Child Welfare Institute (CWI).  Functioning in service to the Children, Youth and Families division and under the supervision of the Professional and Organizational Development unit, the CWI will provide closely supervised, application-focused instructional and experiential learning for child welfare staff. Duties will include program administration and management activities such as:

  • Scheduling – key meetings, instructional sessions, and field experiences.
  • Contracting – with vendors and for other program resources.
  • Liaising –with internal facilitators, unit supervisors and other CYF staff to assure program relevance and success.
  • Supporting and guiding trainees during their tenure with the CWI.

Works with Human Resources in accordance with recruitment, cohort hiring model and overfill practices; communicates with division staff, supervisors/managers and division director to support program functions; works with quality assurance unit on program evaluation process and curriculum design. This position is located in the Pennino Building in Fairfax Virginia.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • LCSW or MSW with 3 years, full-time post-degree experience
  • Minimum 5 years of diverse child welfare experience, preferably in Virginia
  • Knowledge and evidence-based practice experience in direct child welfare service delivery and trauma-informed care
  • Knowledge and practice experience working effectively in child welfare systems
  • Teaching, mentoring and/or supervisory experience promoting staff development (may include interns, licensure candidates)
  • Ability to identify challenges and take a strengths-oriented approach to problem-solving
  • Understanding of best practices in culturally competence/humility including organizational culture
  • Strong ability to engage others as individuals and groups and build partnership

Salary commensurate with experience ($28.8226 – $48.0377 per hour)

Please send resume to

Human Service Worker I

Agency: Department of Family Services
Job #: ELT-DFS-16015
Starting Wage: $20.72

Description: Current location is in Alexandria but may vary depending on the needs of the department at One-Stop Employment Centers throughout Northern Virginia in the counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. Works as part of a team that provides case management, center operations and community and business development for the Employment and Training program. Delivers job readiness services including resume, interview and job search assistance, career coaching, and an array of employment workshops. Addresses barriers to employment through education and training services and coordinates referred services with partner programs. Develops community partnerships, provides support to the Fairfax SkillSource Center operations team and VIEW Job Center, and connects job seekers to community resources. Participation in job fairs and related activities requires some evening and/or weekend work. Some local travel is required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree plus one year of human services or related professional work experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: One year of experience conducting program outreach to local public and private nonprofits, business owners, and services providers. Knowledge of social, economic, health, and cultural factors that can serve as barriers to employment. Clear and concise oral and written communications skills with one year of experience delivering workshops to those unemployed or underemployed. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to read, comprehend, apply and explain complex policies and procedures. Able to function under pressure. Ability to work independently & as part of a team.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to use automated technology. Ability to travel throughout the area. Sufficiently mobile to work with clients. Ability to lift up to 10 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Note: Position may not exceed 900 hours per calendar year. Individuals in these positions are not eligible for benefits.

To apply: Send resumes to

Peer Support Specialist

Agency: CSB Emergency Services
Job#: ELT-DAHS-16007
Location: Merrifield
Salary: $18.08-30.14/hour, depending on experience; benefits eligible*
Schedule: 20 hours per week

Provides trauma-informed peer support, recovery support services, & other assistance to adults, adolescents, and children with co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorders in crisis in a behavioral health emergency services setting. Works collaboratively with staff and emergency personnel to provide support and meet the needs of individuals and their supports. Observes individual’s behavior/appearance for signs of acute distress or dangerous behavior. Provides support to calm, normalize and stabilize crisis situation (crisis management). Establishes rapport with individuals through personal disclosure and maintains relationships based on respect, mutuality, and appropriate boundaries. Educates individuals and their supports on the key recovery concepts and resources. Provides education on evidence based recovery support services to other staff.

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma and valid Virginia driver’s license.  Certified Peer Support Specialist within 6 months of hire. WRAP Facilitator, Trauma Informed Peer Support and MANDT within 1 year of hire.  First AID, CPR, and AED within 90 days of hire. 

Preferred Qualifications: Certified Peer Specialist. One year of experience in advocacy, mentoring/education, and recovery/wellness support. Training in ethical responsibility. Training in mindfulness, and/or emotion regulation and/or dialectical behavioral therapy.

Special Requirements: The appointee to this position with be required to complete a criminal background check, an Office of the General Inspector ( OIG ) check and a check of the Child Protective Services Registry 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: To apply or learn about this opportunity, please email Anna Davis at

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  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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