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Peer Recovery Navigator (social Services Specialist I)

Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia
$54,695.68 - $91,158.50 Annually
Closing date
Oct 21, 2023

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Works as an individual that can use their personal recovery experience and training to connect with individuals and offer peer support, engagement, and education to those receiving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) while incarcerated and to others receiving services through the medical branch and behavioral health services. Works with individuals recovering from substance use disorders who are incarcerated or in the process of reentering the community after a period of incarceration and involvement in jail-based recovery and treatment services. Assesses individual social, health, emotional, and economic needs of individuals and supports them to transition successfully to community-based recovery and treatment resources as well as services related to other identified needs. Engages and motivates individuals to continue active engagement in a recovery lifestyle. This may include home visits, transportation coordination, supporting recovery housing decisions, and helping individuals access needed services and natural supports such as self-help programs, wellness, and basic needs.

Note: This is a grant funded position and funding is evaluated each year.

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.)
  • Interviews the client and family members to gather data on their social, health, emotional and economic problems;
  • Conducts comprehensive client assessments and prepares and implements service plans;
  • Works with clients to develop a plan of service to meet social, health, emotional and economic needs. With the clients, formulates objectives and identifies actions to resolve the clients' problems;
  • Conducts home visits to families for the purpose of monitoring, counseling and supervision;
  • Assists applicants and service recipients with identifying and utilizing available resources and refers clients to other public and private agencies and services;
  • Assesses and authorizes purchase of social services to qualifying clients that will help to meet their social, health, emotional and economic needs;
  • Recruits, develops, trains, and monitors individual service providers such as contract service providers and volunteers;
  • Uses automated technology and hard copy files to maintain and update case data, notes, documents, records, contacts and summaries of information.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work;
  • Knowledge of current social service problems and methods/approaches to address issues;
  • Knowledge of regulations and guidelines relating to the assigned area of social service specialization;
  • Ability to analyze case information and to reach sound decisions on the basis of such information;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to use automated technology to establish and maintain case records;
  • Ability to maintain professional ethics and confidentiality of client information;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals;
  • Ability to schedule and manage workload sufficiently to meet deadlines.

Employment Standards

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree.

Contingent upon the area of assignment, some positions within this class may require specific certification(s) prior to employment and/or the ability to acquire necessary certification(s) within a specified time period following employment. The certifications are identified in the position description and employment advertisement .
  • Virginia Certified Peer Specialist or ability to become certified in a reasonable timeframe post-hire
  • Lived experience
  • Knowledge of Medication Assisted Treatment and community-based recovery supports
  • 1-2 years of professional social work experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience working with people recovering from substance use disorders.
  • Ability to travel to various locations within and outside the county.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Virginia Certified Peer Specialist credential or ability to obtain this credential within one year of appointment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, child protective Services, credit check, driving record check, polygraph exam, psychological exam, tuberculosis test to the satisfaction of the employer.

Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, visual acuity is required to read data on computer monitor, incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Must communicate with others. Employee may be required to lift up to 15 lbs. All duties may be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

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 we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

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.



Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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