Recruitment #19-A1-1477


About Loudoun County: Loudoun County Fire and Rescue (LCFR) is a combination career/volunteer organization comprised of close to 600 employees and 800+ active operational and administrative volunteers. The Department is a growing organization that serves a large and diverse population located 30 miles northwest of Washington, DC. We provide a full range of emergency and non-emergency services to approximately 400,000 citizens within a 520 square mile area. Additional information about the Department can be found at We seek to hire a highly motivated, effective, and diverse workforce to meet the needs of the County’s citizens and visitors and support the Department’s core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism, and Service. Loudoun County offers a meaningful career, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. Additional information can be found at LCFR is a member of the LC-CFRS, comprised of 15 volunteer Fire/Rescue agencies and the career department, with the career Chief serving as the System Chief.

Job Description

The Department is seeking qualified applicants for a regular, full-time position as a Behavioral Health Coordinator (BHC). This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a new behavioral health program for the Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System to assist System Members who witness traumatic events in the capacity of a first responder. Developing and maintaining an atmosphere of openness, approachability, and inclusion so System Members feel comfortable discussing personal issues. When presented with the opportunity, the Behavioral Health Coordinator will serve as a case manager, by completing an intake and triage visit with interested System Members, and help to connect to appropriate resources through either the employee assistance program or county health plan providers. Will advocate for and provide supporting data for current and future behavioral health programming. Ensures the provision of continuous stress management resiliency through training and education for all System Members to address on-going, non-critical, job-related stress by encouraging a proactive response to stress management.

Responsible for creating and leading the System’s Peer Support Team that will assist System Members who witness traumatic events; in this capacity the BHC will be responsible for managing the selection process for team members and ensure regularly recurring professional development and training of peer support team members. Will manage, develop, and oversee the implementation of objectives, strategies, policies, and procedures for the Peer Support Team; work with the Employee Assistance Program to identify affiliate counselors with background and expertise in working with the first-responder community; develop training opportunities for the affiliate counselors in order to become more familiar and acquainted with both the emergency first responders and their work, in general, as well as specifically the Combined Fire and Rescue System in Loudoun County. Will supervise assigned staff as needed.

Job Requirements

Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or related field and 2 years of directly related experience. Prefer five years of clinical experience working with public safety populations. Certified Addictions Counselor (CSAC) is preferred.

Employees in this class have a mandatory licensure requirement, as cited in Virginia Board of Licensing which contains regulations governing the practice of clinical counseling/psychotherapy. One of the following licenses, issued by the State of Virginia, must be held and maintained by the employee: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC); Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT); Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  If currently licensed in another state, must be able to obtain Virginia license.  Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.  

Special Requirements

A subject to call status may occur during large-scale/ emergency events with frequent meetings and paging while off duty. Occasional nights, weekend commitment is expected. Position is occasionally exposed to climatic extremes when support at an emergency scene is required.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Selection process will be comprehensive and may include of application review, panel interview, a final interview, presentation(s) to stakeholder groups and a comprehensive background check to include criminal record check, DMV and fingerprinting. May require occasional stooping, bending, and/or light lifting.