$25.67 - $39.23 Hourly
Nov 13, 2020
Dec 08, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has a vacancy for a Human Services Specialist PRN (as needed) to join the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). PACT operates 7 days per week, 24 hours daily. This employee will be scheduled on an "as needed basis" to support staff vacancies. PACT provides comprehensive and intensive mental health services for seriously mentally ill adults through a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, including case managers, nurses and psychiatrists. The employee will provide treatment, rehabilitation, and skill building out in a community setting, with some intervention directed or performed by staff with specialty training and skills.

PACT services promote independent living out in the community for persons with the most severe and persistent mental illness. These services focus on increasing client tenure in the community, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms and improving the quality of life for identified high need, high-risk consumers in the community.

To learn more about our services, please click PACT .

The Human Services Specialist PRN will provide intensive case management performing duties including:
  • Completing thorough clinical assessments;
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other providers and team members;
  • Providing and arranging crisis intervention for clients;
  • Conducting required face-to-face contact with clients;
  • Implementing the overall treatment plans for a client caseload; and/or
  • Providing skill building services to clients to address their activities of daily living in the community setting.
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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling;
  • One year of experience working with seriously mentally ill adults and/or dually diagnosed adults in a clinical setting (community-based, hospital, or shelter); and
  • Meet the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 days of hire.
Substitution: Additional experience may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Providing case management services in a clinical setting (community-based, hospital, or shelter) and/or
  • Working on a PACT program.

Special Requirements

An online application is required.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence. 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. An agency vehicle is available for work-related travel; however, there may be times when the incumbent must use his/her personal vehicle for travel to various locations in Arlington. Parking and mileage reimbursement are provided.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. Applicants may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

A State of Virginia Central Registry check will be required upon hire.

Additional Information

Work Hours:
  • This position covers staff vacancies or extended staff absences and will be scheduled on an as needed basis.
  • PRN can expect between 10-14 days/month.
  • Work hours will be offered and assigned at least one month in advance depending upon the needs of the department.
  • Work will be assigned between the core hours of 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
  • Shifts assigned will be either 4 or 8 hours.
  • Hours and number of days per week will vary.
  • Some weekend, night, and holiday work is expected.
Please complete all sections of the application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please provide details to receive full credit for your experience.

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.


I understand that this position has direct public contact in providing public community services.
  • Yes
  • No


Please check all the apply:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health or Counseling
  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health or Counseling
  • I am substituting relevant experience for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • None of the above


If you do not meet the degree requirements and are substituting additional qualifying experience for education on a year-for-year basis, please describe this relevant experience.


Are you eligible by meeting the criteria of a Qualified Mental Health Professional- Adult (QMHP-A) or a Licensed Mental Health Provider (LMHP) per the Virginia Board of Counseling regulations within 60 days of hire.
  • Yes
  • No


Please check if you have the following experience. Please check ALL that apply.
  • Working on a PACT program.
  • Providing case management services in a clinical setting (community-based, hospital, or shelter)
  • None of the above.


Please support your responses to the previous question #5 and describe your experience working with the seriously mentally ill population including any case management experience.

Required Question

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