Employment opportunities

We are a public non-profit community based agency that provides mental health, intellectual disability and substance abuse treatment and prevention services. We offer a full benefit package with enrollment in Virginia Retirement System (fully paid by employer) for full time positions and partial benefits for part time positions.

To evaluate our generous benefit package, please click on the benefits link below. To download an employment application please click on the Employment application link below.

If interested in internship or providing volunteer services, please download and complete an agency application and submit to Human Resources. The application will be routed to all of our sites to see if there is an opportunity or need.

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To obtain more information, please contact our Human Resources Department
by calling (540) 636-4250 ext. 2229 or by email at hr@nwcsb.com

HR Fax Line: 540-551-9729

Current Openings



Community Services Executive Director

Northwestern Community Services (NWCS), which provides community-based services for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders or intellectual disability, is seeking a dynamic, highly-qualified professional to serve as its Executive Director.  NWCS, located 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C. in the historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia serves Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties, and the City of Winchester, has an operating budget of $13 million, and employs 200 staff. The Executive Director is directly accountable and responsible to the NWCS's board of directors and provides overall leadership and professional direction of its direct and contractual mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services and its administrative operations.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have demonstrated knowledge and experience in the following areas.

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university in social work, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, or another human services-related field or in business, public, or hospital or healthcare administration or another management-related field is required and comparable related experience may substitute for education, but a graduate degree in one of these fields is preferred.

  • Demonstrated considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of human services administration, business administration, or government program administration is required.

  • Some knowledge of mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services is required; and considerable knowledge of these services and ability to provide clinical and programmatic oversight is preferred. 

  • Some knowledge of planning, evaluation, and quality improvement methodologies and human rights requirements and issues is required, and considerable knowledge in these areas is preferred.

  • Some knowledge of and experience in applying the concepts of recovery, self-determination, or person-centered planning and providing services to individuals with co-occurring disorders is preferred.

  • Considerable experience in leading public or private organizations with functions and responsibilities similar or comparable to NWCS including some experience in reporting to a governing board is required. Extensive experience in leading public or private organizations with functions and responsibilities similar to NWCS with comparable budgets and in reporting directly to a board of directors with policy, fiduciary and operational responsibilities is preferred.

  • Some experience in providing mental health, developmental, or substance abuse services is required with administrative and supervisory experience preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in and considerable knowledge of human resources management and financial management, including budgeting, resource allocation, contract negotiation and administration, budget monitoring and auditing is required.

  • Some experience in working with a broad range of constituents including individuals, family members, and advocacy groups in the mental health, developmental, or substance abuse fields or a similar human services field and ability to communicate persuasively and concisely, orally and in writing, with a broad range of individuals, groups, and organizations are required. 

  • Ability to interpret, communicate and administer current federal and state laws, regulations, and policies that apply to mental health, developmental, and substance abuse services is required.

  • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with a broad range of constituents, including individuals receiving services, family members, federal, state and local officials and advocacy groups is required.

  • Ability to respond to changing circumstances, manage organizational and financial risk, and adapt during periods of transition and uncertainty.

TO APPLY:  Please visit our website at www.nwcsb.com for additional background information on services provided by NWCS.  The application and a complete job description are also available at this website.  Applicants are asked to submit a completed NWCS employment application, detailed resume, salary history, and a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for this position to Ms. Carolyn Moye, HR Manager or to hr@nwcsb.com.  The salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience and NWCS provides an attractive benefits package.  NWCS is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 31, 2015.

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Child/Adolescent Mental Health Case Managers

Full time positions based in Winchester and Warren County. Position provides case management to children and youth having serious and persistent mental illness. Requires Bachelor's degree in related human services field and status of Medicaid Qualified Mental Health Case Manager.

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Child/Adolescent SEI/SED Case Managers

Full time positions based in Winchester. This position is responsible for managing an assigned caseload of SEI or at risk SED children and adolescents. The incumbent is responsible for assessing client needs, developing, implementing and reviewing service plans, and working with other community resources in meeting/achieving client service needs. Requires Bachelor's degree in related human services field and status of Medicaid Qualified Mental Health Case Manager.

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Crisis Services Therapist

Full time positions with 24-hour, mandated program based in Front Royal, VA and serving the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Page, Shenandoah, and the City of Winchester. Requires a Master's degree in a relevant human services field, with eligibility for LCSW or LPC in Virginia. Will receive on the job, specialized training to qualify as Certified Prescreener. Position requires strong clinical and problem solving skills, and the ability to work independently. Shift to be determined, but could include evenings, nights or weekends.

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Deaf Interpreter(s)

Contractual deaf interpreter(s) needed to provide interpreting services for mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse clients of all ages served in the following areas: City of Winchester and counties of Warren, Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah and Page. Services are on an as needed basis.


Please contact Barbie Kibler for more information on this position only at 540-636-4250 x2246

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Intellectual Disabilities Residential Counselor

This position is responsible for providing support, assessment, and training in independent living skills for individuals receiving services deemed eligible for Intellectual Disabilities Supported Living Services. Position involves working 5 to 25 hours per week with preference given to candidates with experience writing service plans and documentation.

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Intellectual Disabilities Respite Care Provider

This position is responsible to provide respite and relief to primary caregivers for individuals with intellectual disabilities, by caring for basic supervision needs of the individual in the individual's home or community. Services are by previous arrangement with the family or their representative and may include social and recreational activities, all with prior approval of the individual, family or family representative. Position involves working 5 to 25 hours per week with preference given to candidates with experience writing service plans and documentation.

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Nurse Practitioner

The incumbent in this position is responsible for medication evaluation and management to a range of clients having psychiatric/mental health and substance abuse disorders under the supervision of consulting psychiatrist(s). The position also provides evaluation, treatment and discharge planning services for consumers in psychiatric facilities and those being diverted from state hospital admissions. Qualifications: Licensure in Virginia as a Nurse Practitioner, specializing in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health. Current prescriptive authority required; ANCC PMHNP certification preferred. Minimum of 2 years experience working with persons who have serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

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PRN Van Driver

On call, substitute positions for a psychosocial rehabilitation program serving clients with long- term mental illness. Responsible for driving an agency van to provide transportation for members to and from the program based in New Market, VA. May also be required to drive to other program sponsored outings. Requires a valid Virginia Driver's and a good driving record.

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Senior Van Driver

This hourly position is based in New Market, VA. Position is responsible for overseeing the operation of the transportation department at Sunshine House of Northwestern Community Services Board which includes scheduling of employees, oversight of fleet maintenance, and driving the agency's van so as to provide transportation for members to and from the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program serving clients with long-term mental illness. This position will also be responsible for driving for other program-sponsored outings or client related appointments. Requires a valid Virginia Driver's and a good driving record. Experience and/or training demonstrating the possession of the preceding knowledge, skills, and abilities preferred.

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Wounded Warrior Peer Specialist (Northern Virginia)

Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Region II, (Northern Virginia)

Veteran Peer Specialist

Full time permanent position, provides peer support to veterans and their families in the Northern Virginia. Coverage area focuses on Springfield, Annandale, Falls Church, Alexandria and Arlington. Position provides individual and group peer support services to veterans and their families for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. Peer support is provided through connecting, relating and supporting veteran or family member in any struggles or presented needs. Common needs include, but are not limited to military transitional struggles, PTSD, substance abuse, employment and housing. Services are provided to veterans by assisting in the navigation of federal, state, non-profit & community services and resources which address the needs resented by the veteran and family. This requires the continual development of a service resource network for veterans focused on Alexandria and Arlington. Qualified candidates must have the ability to facilitate combat peer support groups. Position requires the ability to connect with combat veterans at a peer level and be comfortable peer support for mental health needs including PTSD.

Required: Must be military veteran in any service branch with an Honorable Discharge. Must provide DD214 or other proof of military service. Candidate must be comfortable working with veterans with wide range of mental health struggles including PTSD and substance abuse. Candidate must be comfortable with public speaking and demonstrate ability in written and spoken communication. Candidate must have successfully completed an Associate's degree or education and experience to produce required knowledge, skills and abilities. Bachelors Degree, experience in human services and combat experience are preferred. Valid state driver's license with good driving record. Some reimbursed travel required.

For more information and application process for this position, please go to www.nwcsb.com/jobs. The following information must be provided to HR@nwcsb.com

  1. Complete NWCSB Application
  2. Attach copy of DD214
  3. Attach resume/cover letter
  4. Submit all documents to HR@nwcsb.com

For more information on the positions, you may also call Camilla Schwoebel, Regional Director Northern and Northwestern Regions at 540-273-9784. Information on the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program can be found at www.wearevirginiaveterans.org.

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