HUMAN SERVICES SPECIALIST

Location
Virginia
Salary
$58,739.20 - $89,772.80 Annually
Posted
Nov 19, 2021
Closes
Dec 03, 2021
Ref
6632-22B-DHS-CW
Function
Management
Hours
Full Time
Position Information
The Behavioral Health Division of Arlington County's Department of Human Services has an exciting opportunity located at the Clarendon House . Clarendon House is a community-based rehabilitation program working with adults with serious mental illness. The program provides a wide array of services to clients to include psychoeducation, advocacy and case management, medication and psychiatric care, and rehabilitation programs. The goal of the program is to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations and promote community integration, recovery, and independence for all clients. The Human Services Specialist is one of twelve staff members supporting the Clarendon House's mission.

Specific duties include:
  • Managing a caseload of 20-24 clients while working with Clarendon House staff to maintain daily coordination of the program;
  • Teaching evidence-based skill-building curriculum to clients;
  • Engaging clients in social and educational skill-building activities to assist in the development of daily living skills to help clients function in the community;
  • Providing crisis intervention and supportive counseling;
  • Providing outreach to clients and families; and
  • Developing clinical assessments and maintaining clinical records in compliance with state and Community Service Board regulations.
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
Minimum:
  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling.
  • Some experience in human services/social services program delivery including teaching/applying behavior management techniques, counseling, training/teaching the handicapped, applying job training techniques, and/or making human services/social services referrals.
  • Must 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 directly related experience can substitute for the education requirement. A Master's degree in a directly related area may substitute for up to one year of experience.

Desirable:
  • A Master's degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Special Education, Mental Health, or Counseling.
  • Experience working with the severely mentally ill; and/or
  • Experience working in psychosocial rehabilitation environments.

Special Requirements
The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or ability to use alternative modes of transportation. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record.

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