Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II/III (Open and Promotional)
The Human Services Agency is seeking a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II/III. This position is a fully experienced journey/advanced journey level class in the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor series. The incumbent has a full caseload, which includes individuals with severe emotional disabilities and serious vocational deficiencies, and performs a complete range of counseling and placement services using accepted vocational rehabilitation principles and techniques. The duties may include but are not limited to: interviewing clients, evaluating skills and job readiness, analyzing medical information, vocational case management, report writing and charting client progress and developing a vocational rehabilitation plan to assist Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) clients into securing and maintaining employment.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
- Two years of experience providing vocational and supportive counseling to assist clients with overcoming barriers to vocational success.
- Two years of experience evaluating work skills and work capacities to assist clients with formulating vocational plans.
- Two years of experience working with diverse populations including people who were previously experiencing homelessness, people with mental health disabilities, people in alcohol and drug recovery programs, formerly incarcerated individuals and others with disabilities and/or barriers to employment.
- Experience collaborating/conferring with treatment providers, including case managers, Department of Rehabilitation staff, and medical personnel.
- Experience facilitating vocational groups.
- Ability to analyze and interpret medical, social, psychological and educational data to develop an action plan based on that data.
- Ability to administer and evaluate vocational tests.
- Knowledge of social security regulations as well as other benefits programs to provide benefits counseling to individuals including work incentives.
- Ability to follow complex policies and administrative procedures.
- A thorough working knowledge and demonstrated skill in vocational rehabilitation counseling principles and technique.
- Creative problem solving skills with ability to look "outside the box" and be action-oriented.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as computer literate.
NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II is one year of basic experience in counseling and job placement of vocationally handicapped adults and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor III is three years of experience performing journey level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor duties.
Knowledge of: Principles and objectives of vocational rehabilitation counseling; Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards and requirements; skills, traits and abilities needed in a wide variety of occupations; private and public programs serving the unemployed; laws regulating employment and employer-employee relations; unions and apprenticeship programs; social service programs and regulations; standardized vocational aptitude and interest tests; social and psychological problems of disabled persons; basics of psychology, sociology and economics in relationship to employment and counseling of the handicapped; elements of mental illness and approved treatment methods; basic medical and psychiatric conditions related to the rehabilitation process; community organizations and resources including agencies involved in job placement, vocational rehabilitation and work training; employment and labor market trends; principles and techniques of interviewing.
Skill/Ability to: Interpret laws and regulations; follow complex policies and administrative procedures; interview and counsel vocationally handicapped individuals; plan and direct rehabilitation services programs for clients; apply principles of rehabilitation counseling; analyze and interpret medical, social, psychological and educational data to develop an action plan based on that data; relate to and establish good working relationships with clients from diverse educational, social and cultural backgrounds; analyze and interpret test and work evaluation data; motivate clients to undertake and achieve vocational rehabilitation; write comprehensive reports and maintain records and train counseling personnel.
Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a regular, probationary, extra-help or term classified position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.
All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.
IMPORTANT:Applications for this position will only be accepted online.If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online"button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go tohttps://jobs.smcgov.orgto apply.
** TENTATIVE RECRUITMENT SCHEDULE **
Final Filing Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Screening Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Combined Panel Interview: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Analyst: Arlene Cahill (110519) (Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor III-G190)