Choices Program Counselor II-Correctional Health (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time CORRECTIONS Human and Social Services Legal Services Public Health
  • Salary: $5,264.13 - $6,583.20 Monthly USD

Job Description

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on September 24, 2021 to update the interview dates.

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on September 22, 2021 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The Correctional Health Services Division of San Mateo County Health is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Choices Program Counselor II-Correctional Health. The Program Counselor will work in the County of San Mateo Correctional Facilities providing assessment and individual and group counseling in a highly structured recovery program to assist incarcerated clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders, poverty, low self-esteem and poor health as a result of alcohol and drug use.

There is currently one regular vacancy in the Correctional Health Services Division. Position will work in the Maguire Correctional Facility and the Maple Street Correctional Center, both located in Redwood City, and will travel/drive within the County between facilities, to attend meetings, and to perform other duties of the job.

The Choices Program is a substance use treatment program for incarcerated adults. The Program provides substance use education, relapse prevention, parenting skills and domestic violence prevention training, and helps inmates transition from jail to community treatment programs.

The Program Counselor duties primarily include: recruit new participants and provide information about the program; conduct intake interviews to obtain client's personal, social, health and emotional history; provide program orientation to new participants; develop treatment/recovery plans and conduct individual and group rehabilitative, motivational and intervention counseling; organize group participation in recreational activities and group encounters; assess progress of client on a continuous basis and modify treatment/recovery plan to meet agreed upon goals; consult with the program staff involved with the client's treatment/recovery plan; make referrals to community support services and facilitate transition; serve as liaison between the program and other community agencies concerned with the client's treatment; conduct and monitor projects in which participants are involved; assist in the orientation and training of program staff; coordinate with Correctional Facility staff on security issues; prepare letters, case records, and reports; attend staff meetings and in-service training sessions; and transport participants in a county vehicle to community support programs when released from custody if necessary.

The candidate will ideally have the following extensive experience:
  • Working in a correctional services environment
  • Engaging and working with an adult inmate population
  • Working with recovery and treatment programs (i.e. Our Common Ground, Hope House, Delancey Street, Salvation Army)
  • Providing treatment services to clients with co-occurring disorders of substance use and mental illness
  • Working in a therapeutic community model program, and/or a therapeutic substance use program
  • Making referrals to community support services and resources
  • Life experience with recovery communities, and/or currently living an abstinence-based recovery lifestyle
  • Possession of a recognized certification in substance use treatment is preferred
  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking skills is highly desirable

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Security Clearance: This position requires that the applicant obtain and maintain a security clearance as a condition of employment.

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 is two years experience providing individual assessment and individual and group counseling to assist clients with substance use, poverty, low self-esteem and poor health problems.

Knowledge of: Needs and problems of the population to which the incumbent is assigned; treatment and counseling techniques used with the population to which the incumbent is assigned; clients with dual diagnoses; techniques and dynamics of individual and group therapy; confidentiality restrictions; and general knowledge of community resources available for treatment of assigned clients.

Skill/Ability to : Apply the techniques used in individual and group therapy; speak effectively before groups; obtain and record social, educational and work histories; write clear, accurate and concise reports and interpret data; establish and maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients including those of varied ethnic and social backgrounds; and establish effective working relationships with program staff and others contacted in the course of work.
Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted 5 days in advance in the County of San Mateo Human Resources Department.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: Pass/Fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in County of San Mateo, 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" button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date: Continuous
Combined Civil Service Panel/Department Interviews: November 9 and/or 10, 2021

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Resources Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (090921) (Program Counselor II - G107)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map