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Peer Recovery Specialist
Fairfax County, VA Fairfax, VA

Peer Recovery Specialist

Fairfax County, VA
Fairfax, VA
Expired: April 13, 2024 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $43,498 to $72,496 Yearly
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Paid Time Off , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time
Salary : $43,498.00 - $72,496.11 Annually

Location : FAIRFAX (FJ23), VA

Job Type: FT Hourly W BN

Job Number: 24-00933

Department: Community Services Board

Opening Date: 04/13/2024

Closing Date: 4/26/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Pay Grade: S15

Posting Type: Open to General Public

Job Announcement

This is an exciting opportunity for Peer Recovery Specialists to support individuals who are incarcerated to engage in a program of recovery from substance use disorder. This position delivers services in the Striving to Achieve Recovery (STAR) program within the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC). Taking place in a specialized men's unit in the ADC, STAR is a peer-centered program that engages individuals with groups, activities, and individual peer support. You will join a dynamic peer recovery specialist team all dedicated to supporting individuals to change their lives. There is close collaboration with Sheriff's Office staff, including sworn deputies and civilian staff. This position facilitates multiple groups per week on a wide variety of recovery topics and activities. Individual peer recovery services focus on recovery planning, building recovery capital, learning accountability, problem-solving challenging relationships, and learning a new way of living.

While primarily providing services in the STAR housing unit, this position may facilitate groups or provide individual peer support to other populations housed in the ADC.

Learn more about the award-winning STAR program at the below sources:

Note: The salary offer will not exceed the mid-point of the salary range, $57,996.43.

To find out about the benefits of working with Fairfax County Government, please visit the
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.)
  • Facilitates wellness and recovery groups and teaches recovery principles one on one;
  • Assists individuals to fully participate in the communities where they live and work by orienting individuals to community resources, educating how to access, and advocating for increased opportunities for involvement;
  • Coaches individuals in developing wellness and recovery plans, following through with those plans, and overcoming obstacles.
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between recipients and providers of services so that providers make better informed recommendations and recipients make better informed choices;
  • Explains services and procedures to individuals being served, and anyone they want to be involved for their support, so they know what to expect;
  • Assists individuals to articulate their needs and concerns to providers;
  • Provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for individuals receiving services;
  • Serves as advocate and liaison between individuals, families, clinical professionals, physicians, and others involved in the individual's recovery;
  • Assists other staff with supporting those being served and reviewing their progress and consults as necessary when individuals are in psychiatric crisis or appear to be at risk.

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.)
  • Ability to use one's lived personal experience of mental illness and/or substance use experience with accessing different levels of care;
  • Ability to use one's lived experience to further healthy, positive interactions with service recipients at differing levels of engagement and stages of change
  • Knowledge of the principles, process and components of wellness and recovery;
  • Knowledge of ethics and boundaries as they relate to the peer specialist practice;
  • Knowledge of human services available from public, private and volunteer organizations;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships and boundaries with individuals receiving services, staff, and the general public;
  • Ability to retrieve, compose and save progress notes into the electronic health record;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of clinical, medical, and other sensitive records;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Employment Standards

Graduation from high school or a GED issued by a state department of education;
Plus 4 months of experience in providing peer/recovery support services.

  • Registered Peer Recovery Specialist (RPRS) with the Virginia Department of Health Professions (DHP) within six months of employment.
  • Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery (IFPRS) certification within 1 year of employment.

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

This position is emergency/essential services personnel. (Required to report for duty during inclement weather and/or other emergencies.)

  • Experience with Substance Use Disorders
  • Forensic Peer Support Training

Ability to observe/monitor/document client behavior, climb stairs, lift up to 20 lbs., participate in recreational activities, review/write notes in records and use computer. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 38.7% of residents speak a language other than English at home () 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.


Merit Positions

Fairfax County is proud to offer employees an attractive and comprehensive benefits program, including the following:
  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Group Term Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • LiveWell Program
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Paid Leave (annual, sick, parental, volunteer activity, and more!)
  • Paid Holidays
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees' Child Care Center
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Continuous Learning Opportunities

NOTE: Fairfax County Government is a qualifying employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For more information about the PSLF program:

For additional details please visit the

Non-Merit Positions
  1. Non-Merit Benefit Eligible: scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year.
    • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
    • Flexible Spending Program
    • Deferred Compensation
  2. Temporary: scheduled to work a maximum of 900 hours in a calendar year.
    • No benefits


What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
  • Less than 12th grade
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree


Do you have 4 months of experience in providing peer/recovery support services (PSS)? (Application job duties must show how your recovery story played an active part in the services that you provided. Answer must be documented in application.) PSS is a behavioral health model of care that provides community-based recovery services to individuals diagnosed with a mental illness of substance use disorder. PSS assist individuals in initiating and maintaining the process of recovery and resiliency to improve their health, wellness and self-care skills. PSS are provided by individuals who have lived experience with recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders and utilize this experience in provision of services. Peer Support Service is an individualized, recovery focused approach that promotes the development of wellness self-management, personal recovery, natural supports, coping skills, and self-advocacy skills and development of independent living skills for housing, employment and full community inclusion.
  • Yes
  • No


Check each of the following you currently possess:
  • Registered Peer Recovery Specialist (RPRS)
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (Virginia)
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (National)
  • SMART Recovery Facilitator
  • Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery (IFPRS)
  • Other Peer Specialist Certifications and trainings
  • None of the above


If you indicate "other" in the previous question. Please specify. If not applicable, please enter N/A.


How many years have you provided peer support as an employee or volunteer to individuals in justice system settings (EG: jail/prison, courts, probation)?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than three years
  • Three to less than five years
  • Five or more years


How many years have you used your own lived experience and recovery journey to provide peer support to individuals with substance use challenges in a paid role?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than three years
  • Three to less than five years
  • Five or more years


If hired, are you willing to disclose significant personal experiences receiving substance use services to individuals you serve and members of your team?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable


If hired (and applicable), are you willing to disclose significant personal experiences with incarceration/institutionalization to individuals you serve and members of your team?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable

Required Question


Fairfax County, VA

Fairfax, VA
22035 USA



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