Human Services Specialist (peer Specialist)

$52,332.80 - $79,996.80 Annually
Apr 12, 2019
Apr 12, 2019
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS) is filling a Peer Specialist position in Clarendon House under the Behavioral Healthcare Division. Clarendon House is a psychosocial rehabilitation program that serves adults with serious mental illness offering psychoeducation classes and groups, case management, medication, psychiatric services, and recreation/leisure skills development opportunities.

Peers empower consumers through their own lived experience and become a model of recovery for consumers, their families and the community. As a Peer Specialist, the incumbent of this position will share his/her lived experience with mental illness as a way of connecting with the consumers of the program. The position will work with a comprehensive team committed to working with consumers in a recovery- based program.

To learn more about our services, please visit Clarendon_House :

Duties include:
  • Use a strengths-based approach to help clients achieve their recovery goals;
  • Provide clients with a range of recovery based socialization and skill building groups;
  • Develop and coordinate community - based activities;
  • Facilitate psychoeducation classes/group programs for clients with acute psychiatric needs;
  • Assist in identifying coping strategies which support recovery, facilitate the establishment of peer and natural supports, and teaches self- help skills;
  • Provide guidance on resources for emotional and medical health;
  • Complete administrative requirements, including documentation of training and interventions in accordance with agency clinical records policy; and
  • Maintain clinical documentation and outcome data.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

Peer Specialist: Applicant must be able to provide proof of lived experience and having been the recipient of mental health services.

Minimum: High School Diploma and five years' experience providing supportive services to adults with substance use disorders or adults with serious mental illness in a clinical setting (community-based, hospital, or shelter).

Substitution: Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, Counseling, or a Human Services related field plus one year of relevant experience as described above.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates who have experience providing PEER recovery services and/or who have earned certification in one or more of the following areas:
  • Peer Recovery Specialist;
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP);
  • Whole Health Action Management (WHAM); and/or
  • Providing psychosocial rehabilitation services.

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history.

Applicant may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Must complete pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check

Additional Information

Work Hours: 40 hours. Monday through Friday. Must be available to work an occasional evening

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process. Please do not enter "see resume" as a response to the questions. Each section of the application must be completed. A resume may be attached; however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Incomplete applications will not be considered

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please describe your years of full-time experience providing supportive services to adults with serious mental illness or with substance use disorders in a clinical setting (community-based, hospital, or shelter). Please include the names of the employers, dates of employment, and duties.


Do you have a Bachelor's Degree or higher-level degree in a Human Services or related field?
  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the previous question, please provide the following:
  • Degree earned:
  • Concentration of degree:


Please check ALL that describe your background.
  • Peer Recovery Specialist Certification
  • WRAP Certification
  • WHAM Certification
  • Providing psychosocial rehabilitation services
  • None of the above


Applicant must be able to provide proof of lived experience and having been the recipient of mental health services. Are you able to provide this documentation?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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