Behavioral Health Prevention Specialist (behavioral Health Spec Ii)

Fairfax, Virginia
$65,747.97 - $109,579.81 Annually
Mar 25, 2023
Apr 08, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Are you passionate about mental health and reducing stigma? Are you committed to working in partnership with the community and using a public health approach to behavioral health prevention? Are you skilled in public speaking, training and enjoy data? This is an exciting opportunity to join the Wellness, Health Promotion and Prevention team with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

The successful candidate will deliver comprehensive, evidence-based, substance use prevention and mental health promotion services to children, youth, adults, and families throughout the community. You will facilitate, TTY (Talk, They Hear You), MHFA (Mental Health First Aid), ACE Interface, REVIVE, QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and other prevention programming. Programming is delivered both virtually and in-person. These services are designed to reinforce positive social norms and engage communities to choose healthy behaviors, reduce stigma, and promote community building. This is an opportunity to be a part of transformative change by implementing environmental strategies aimed at creating population-level change. Help to establish and maintain relationships with community partners to build capacity in the community via presentations, consultations, and technical assistance. Engage community partners to identify and mobilize resources. Help implement, collaborate with, and support county-wide health promotion and substance misuse prevention initiatives and campaigns. Use SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework to plan and implement prevention strategies. Support the development of social media campaigns and public health messaging. Participate in community-level planning and data collection and evaluation.

CSB is committed to the One Fairfax Policy, a policy aimed at racial and social equity by ensuring all individuals in Fairfax have an opportunity to reach their highest level of personal achievement. This position is responsible for ensuring that this policy is at the forefront of our community-based wellness and prevention services.

This position coordinates and/or delivers services supporting the six federal strategies "information dissemination, prevention education, positive alternatives, problem identification and referral, community-based processes and environmental strategies. Supports and supervises data collection and evaluation, collaboration and capacity building to plan and organize service delivery in all human services regions.

Here are some of the benefits CSB employees enjoy:
  • The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and CSB recognizes that staff competence speaking a variety of languages is necessary to meet client needs. We encourage candidate’s bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply. A foreign language skills stipend of up to $1,300/year (full-time) may be given for qualified bi-lingual employees.
  • The CSB provides clinical supervision for employees who are registered as licensed eligible mental health in one of the following areas: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • In addition, to recognize and reinforce the importance of professional development and enhance future recruitment of licensed professionals, if approved, the licensure supervisors will receive a stipend of $1,500 paid out biweekly over a 12-month period whether for one or more Department of Health licensure candidate.
Note: Eligible for a bilingual language stipend.

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Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • Conducts wellness and health promotion services;
  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with representatives of community groups and public and private agencies.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling or a related field, plus one year of clinical experience or bachelor’s degree and a valid Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) certification plus one year of clinical experience.

Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or the equivalent in another State) within one month of hire and maintained throughout employment with CSB.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry check, a driving record check, and sanction screening to the satisfaction of the employer. A TB screening upon hire and annually thereafter.

Additional Work Schedule Requirements: Evenings and weekends as required: up to 1 weekend a month and 2 evenings per week. This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies).

  • Experience delivering community-based prevention presentations and trainings.
  • Certified Trainer in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and/or Question Persuade Refer (QPR)
  • Certified Prevention Specialist

Job is generally sedentary in nature. Ability to read data on computer monitor, operate keyboard driven equipment, communicate with others, and lift up to 15 lbs. Ability to drive a county vehicle. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status 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 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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