Public Guardian Representative

Position:  Public Guardian Representative
Program:  Public Guardianship
Employment Type:  Full Time
Location:  Fairfax (Merrifield), Va
Compensation:  $45,000 – negotiable, dependent upon qualifications and experience


If you have a positive attitude, pride in your work, and a passion for helping others,
you may be interested in joining our team.

Overview Description:  Under the supervision of the program director, primary duties will involve developing and maintaining a positive rapport with incapacitated adults under the public guardianship program (PGP) while assisting them in making life decisions, such as medical, psychiatric, residential, social, and financial, as well as regular monitoring to assess and address needs and desires.


Guardian Functions and Roles:

  • Maintain a caseload of 20 adults and meet with the individuals at their home and/or community settings at least monthly to assess needs and quality of life
  • Fulfill legal requirements of public guardianship, including completion of all required documentation, care plans, reports, and assessments in a timely manner
  • Participate in the public guardianship multidisciplinary panel (MDP) meetings five times per year or as needed
  • Become familiar with individuals receiving services through the guardianship program and assist them in making life decisions, as specified in the court order, that ensure their health and safety, while affording them dignity and choice
  • Assist individuals in the coordination of transitional services between homes or out of institutional settings
  • Coordinate with the representative payees, if applicable, to help manage benefits and budgeting for individuals
  • Prepare for and participate in annual on-site audits from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
  • Attend all required PGP trainings
  • Develop relationships and coordinate with interdisciplinary teams of the individuals we serve
  • On a rotational basis, respond to emergency calls for situations requiring decisions or support
  • Other duties as assigned


Hours:  The hours for this position can be flexible, although they will include some evenings and some weekend commitments based upon the availability of the individuals we serve, as well as the timing of organizational events.


Minimum Qualifications:  High School Diploma or GED, but graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree is preferred, with one year of professional work experience in a human service field such as Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology. Must demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication principles and techniques, and have strong critical-thinking skills to advocate and navigate through complex systems. Must be organized and have multi-tasking abilities.


Preferred Qualifications:  Bilingual in Spanish or other languages. Experience with Microsoft Office and database applications. Knowledge of treatment modalities and intervention techniques, such as behavior management, independent living skills training, supportive counseling, family education, crisis intervention, discharge planning and service coordination. Previous case management experience and prior experience directly working with individuals with disabilities.


Salary:  $45,000 — negotiable dependent upon qualifications and experience


Benefits:  The Arc of Northern Virginia offers health, dental, and vision benefits, as well as retirement benefits and healthcare and dependent-care flexible spending accounts. Vacation and sick leave are accrued.


Special Requirements:  The candidate chosen for this position will be required to complete a Child Protective Services Registry, a Criminal Background check to the satisfaction of The Arc of Northern Virginia, and a drug screening. Work within a public guardianship program requires that an individual shall not have been convicted of any criminal offense involving any physical attack, neglect or abuse of a person, lying, cheating, or stealing, nor convicted of any felony. A valid motor vehicle driver’s license is required and the candidate will be required to use their own vehicle for travel to/from appointments. Transporting clients is strictly prohibited. Mileage reimbursement will be issued upon receipt to The Arc of Northern Virginia.


How To Apply:

Send your resume to:

Cheryl Johnson, Director of Services

Via email to:


Please include the position title and your last name in the subject line of your email.


Closing Date:  Open until filled.


The Arc of Northern Virginia is an equal opportunity employer.


At The Arc of Northern Virginia, we are committed to treating all applicants and employees fairly based on their knowledge, skills, experience, and achievements without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.