Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Mar 14, 2020
Full Time Human and Social Services Public Health
  • Salary: $5,739.07 - $6,981.87 Monthly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Interviews, screen and assess mentally ill, drug addicted, dual diagnosis and learning disabled clients to determine program eligibility and vocational potential.
  • Write a psycho/social vocational history summary on individuals selected for the program.
  • May coordinate client vocational plans with referring therapists, case managers, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, and/or drug counselors.
  • Administer vocational evaluations of clients using several written, academic tests, and hands on tests, including, but not limited to; the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS), Woodcock-Johnson, Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT 3, Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Nelson-Denny.
  • Assist in training staff in methods of completing client work evaluations and methods of supervising disabled persons in a work setting.
  • Assists with job development and job placement for clients on caseload.
  • Provide supportive follow-up for clients and Consumer Assistance Workers or Job Skills Placement Workers.
  • Function as group leader in counseling groups and Consumer Assistance Worker meetings.
  • Place clients in community educational and job skill training programs when appropriate.
  • Performs case recording, reports and other duties as assigned by the Program Manager, or Program Administrator.

Minimum Qualifications
Experience:
One (1) year of experience with direct patient or client contact in a mental health setting. A two (2) semester internship in a Public Mental Health setting can substitute for the one (1) year full time experience.

Education:
Possession of a master's degree from an accredited college or university in Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Psychology, or a closely related field.

License:
Possess a valid California driver's license at time of appointment and maintain.

Possession of Marriage and Family Therapist license or Licensed Clinical Social Worker is desirable.

SOME POSITIONS IN THIS CLASSIFICATION WILL BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS PURSUANT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 2, B.
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare reports.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines and under stressful conditions.
  • Travel to various sites to perform services.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Effectively interview and engage clientele, developing and maintaining the confidence and cooperation of individuals and their families.
  • Write legibly and in a concise manner.
  • Assess client's needs and develop effective treatment plans, constantly modeling compassion and respect.
  • Hear and understand normal conversational tones.
  • Oversee and train staff.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.


Knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, methods, materials, trends and literature related to areas such as; alcohol and drug disorders, mental and emotional illness, personality disorders, learning disabilities and their attendant problems.
  • Prevention and treatment procedures, techniques, related to areas such as; alcohol and drug disorders, mental and emotional illness, personality disorders, and learning disabilities.
  • Social aspects of drug, alcohol, mental and emotional problems.
  • Techniques and dynamics of group and individual counseling.
  • Scope and activities of health, economic, legal and welfare agencies.
  • Techniques and dynamics of assessment and engagement.

Ability to:

  • Develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with clients and their families.
  • Secure pertinent social and personal data and meet documentation requirements.
  • Utilize community resources.
  • Work effectively with others.
  • Write and speak effectively and ability to interpret data.
  • Work independently and seek supervision when needed.
  • Multi-task and prioritize projects.
  • Input and/or access data via a system-wide computer network and personal computers.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE

HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium.

LIFE INSURANCE

$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT

DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


Job Address

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