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.











Child Welfare Institute Coordinator - Social Services Specialist III

Agency: Department of Family Services
Job#: ELT-DFS-17017
Location: Position is located at 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 (Pennino Bldg.)

Job Description: This position is in the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Unit and primarily services the Children, Youth, and Families Division of the Department of Family Services. The CWI Coordinator:

    • Serves as lead for child welfare training and related learning programs
    • Serves and mentor to new child welfare staff (CWI trainees) and as primary Institute point of contact
    • Provides subject matter expertise in state-of-the-art child welfare practices and systems
    • Advances Institute and other learning experiences through social work knowledge, skills and best practices in areas such as safety and risk assessment, identification of protective factors, family engagement, intervention planning for the wellbeing of children and families addressing abuse and neglect.
    • Recruits, evaluates and provides instructional support for internal and external trainers/facilitators
    • Researches, designs and revises curriculum in alignment with principles of adult learning for trainees as well as existing staff based on service needs; develops and runs integrative learning activities such as simulations
    • Directs macro-level logistical support of the Institute and related learning programs; works with Quality Assurance to collect data and reports on training program effectiveness
    • Works with CYF supervisors and managers to evaluate trainee performance and to provide feedback
    • Coordinates clear and regular communication with staff and CYF programs to maximize new employee onboarding
    • Works to assure program continuity, consistency, sustainability and legal and ethical compliance
    • Coordinates with contracts, procurement and budget to maximize resources
    • Assists supervisors and works with other staff in the hiring process

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in social work or other related degrees, 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: The appointee to this position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry and a driving record check. Driver’s license or ability to efficiently access other means of transportation in order to meet with clients and other community service providers.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in social work. History of progressively responsible positions in child welfare including at least 3 years of supervisory or managerial experience in large public human services organizations. Knowledge of adult learning theory and application of approaches including curriculum development, training/instruction and program design.  Significant project management skills coordinating multiple constituents in diverse child welfare program settings.

To Apply: Send resume by email to by COB on December 1, 2017.

Family Assistance Worker (Human Service Worker II)

Agency: Health Department
Job#: ELT-HD-17011
Salary: Starting at $21.71/hr., depending on experience
Hours: (See below)
Location: Various Health Department locations 

Description: Interviews applicants in order to collect financial, social and employment information in order to determine eligibility for Health Department and Community Health Care Network (CHCN) services or other medical home. Registers and authorizes these services. Assesses needs for other non-agency services. Counsels clients and coordinates agency and non-agency services and collaborates with medical/nursing staff to this end.

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 professional work experience in human services or a related field.
Certification and Licenses Required:
Must have a valid driver's license.

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

Preferred Qualifications:
Bilingual English/Spanish; experience conducting eligibility determination for public assistance for low-income ethnically diverse population.

Physical Requirements:
Employee is required to walk, stand, sit, bend, kneel, reach, climb stairs and carry equipment or young children up to 25 pounds in weight. Uses hands to grasp, handle or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Schedule: 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: Please email your cover letter and resume to

Mental Health Counselor – Non Merit

Agency: Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board
Job #: Mental Health Counselor - Non-Merit (Benefit Eligible)
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

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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