Public Guardian Representative

Position:  Public Guardian Representative
Program:  DD Waiver Services
Employment Type:  Full Time
Location:  Falls Church (Merrifield), Va  (NOTE: All staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis.)
Compensation:  $40,000 – $45,000 – 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: Primary duties will involve ongoing, intensive case management, advocacy, community education, and guardianship services with the ability to understand community resources and supports to handle information and referral calls. Position requires continual follow-up to individuals/families to ensure the continuity support services and to ensure that services remain appropriate and maximize the overall health and safety for all individuals served. Duties also include developing community partnerships, connecting individuals with disabilities to community resources, contacting state representatives of various programs supporting individuals, and effectively interacting with the disability population as well as community leaders.


Guardian Functions and Roles:

  • Maintain a case-load and meet with the individuals at their home 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 guardianship multidisciplinary panel meetings..
  • 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 for the Aging’s Public Guardian Program Monitor.
  • Attend annual public guardianship trainings.
  • Develop relationships and coordinate with interdisciplinary teams of clients we serve.
  • Educate the community on public guardianship via presentations.
  • Provide emergency on-call assistance, as needed.
  • 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 individuals as well as the timing of organizational events. Telework is offered at least once per week post 90-day work period and can be extended upon approval by supervisory staff. Please note that, currently, employees are teleworking due to the pandemic.


Minimum Qualifications:  Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree, plus one year of professional work experience in a human service field such as Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology. Must demonstrate effective oral, written, 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: $40,000 – $45,000 dependent upon qualifications and experience


Benefits:  Questions about The Arc’s benefit package will be discussed during the interview.


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, as well as a drug screening. The candidate will also go through extensive training facilitated by The Arc of Northern Virginia and possibly other entities. 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 prohibited. Mileage reimbursement will be issued upon receipt to The Arc of Northern Virginia.


How To Apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter to:

Noelle C. St. Amant-Aden
The Arc of Northern Virginia
2755 Hartland Road, Suite 200
Falls Church, VA 22043


or submit by email to:


or submit by fax to:

(703) 208-1145


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


Closing Date:  Monday, May 17, 2021


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.