Community Worker II

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Full Time Community and Economic Development
  • Salary: $38,875.20 - $44,532.80 Annually USD

Job Description

CAREER DESCRIPTION

COMMUNITY WORKER II

(MENTAL HEALTH & RECOVERY SERVICES)

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 - 4.25% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 - 4.00% increase

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

This recruitment is open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will close will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately .

This recruitment will establish an open eligible list that will be used to fill current and future Community Worker II vacancies. The eligible list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

Please note this recruitment is a continuation of the Community Worker II recruitment that was open from March 31, 2022, to April 21, 2022. If you applied previously or were placed on the eligible list, you do not need to reapply.

HEALTH CARE AGENCY
The County of Orange , Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of five (5) service areas - Strategy and Special Projects, Mental Health and Recovery Services, Correctional Health Services, Medical Health Services and Public Health Services - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.

THE DEPARTMENT
The Mental Health and Recovery Services (MHRS) Division consists of three (3)service areas, Adult and Older Adult Behavioral Health, Authority and Quality Improvement Services, and Children, Youth & Prevention Services which provide a culturally competent and client-centered system of behavioral health services for all eligible county residents in need of treatment for substance use disorders and behavioral health care.

THE PROGRAM
Prevention and Intervention is intended to prevent mental illness from becoming severe and disabling and to improve timely access for people who are underserved by the mental health system. The goal of the Prevention and Intervention component of the Mental Health Services Act is to help counties implement services that promote wellness, foster health, and prevent the suffering that can result from untreated mental illness.

THE OPPORTUNITY
The Prevention and Intervention Division has a current opening for a Community Worker II (CW II). Depending on the assignment, responsibilities of the CW II may include providing supervision (not treatment) to minors between the ages of 0-12 years old, referring and linking participant families to community resources, providing transportation to enrolled participants, and facilitating prevention services. The CW II will also provide transportation to adults (18 to 25) enrolled participants. This position will also support clerical teams and perform other duties as assigned.

The position provides services Monday through Friday and some programs require evening hours.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES
The ideal candidate will have at least one (1) year of experience supervising minors in daycare or other formal settings and an education and/or training in early childhood development. Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish, are also highly desirable but not required.

Some assignments will require maintenance of a valid California driver's license and proof of car insurance by date of appointment, as some programs require incumbents to drive their own vehicles and be reimbursed through the County's mileage claim process. Some programs provide access to a County vehicle for conducting services for clients/County business.

The ideal candidate will also possess the knowledge and experience in the following competencies:

Technical Knowledge l Technical Experience
  • Understanding of and navigating through behavioral/mental health issues, stages of children's development and age-appropriate behavior of children
  • Facilitating age-appropriate activities when supervising minors
Safety Focus
  • Ensuring the safety of children who are being supervised
  • Identifying signs of suspected child abuse or neglect that may necessitate contacting the Child Abuse Registry
Relationship Building l Interpersonal Skills
  • Providing excellent customer service amongst co-workers, clients, and the public
  • Working independently and on a team
  • Observing and analyzing behavior and appropriateness for the situation
Adaptability
  • Adapting to new information or unexpected program obstacles
  • Working effectively in a changing environment, and adjusting as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Please click here for the minimum qualifications for the Community Worker II.

PHYSICAL & MENTAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORINGING & ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Physical Requirements: Vision sufficient to read standard text and a computer monitor; speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably in person and over the phone; independent body mobility to stand, sit, walk, stoop and bend routinely to perform daily tasks and to access a standard office environment; manual dexterity to use hands, arms and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and to write. The ability to lift up to 20 lbs.

Mental Requirements: Possess the ability to independently reason logically to analyze data, reach conclusions and make recommendations; possess the ability to remain calm and appropriately focused in rapidly changing and difficult situations involving conflict, complex issues, controversy and diverse stakeholder groups and interests; possess the ability to deal calmly and effectively with emotional interactions.

Environmental & Working Conditions: The ability to work in the field and interact with the public, other County employees, including supervisors and managers, staff and management in other governmental and regulatory agencies, and service providers in a variety of situations which may be emotional, stressful and/or difficult; Ability to work with very young infants and knowing how to comfort and sooth sometimes fussy and crying babies.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Human Resource Services (HRS) screens all applications to identify applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position based on the skills required to meet the needs of the County. After the initial screening, those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be referred to the next step of the recruitment process.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening (Refer/Non-Refer)
Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of the job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Online Assessments (Weighted 100%)Applicants who meet desirable qualifications will be invited to participate in a series of online examinations related to the essential job functions. The most successful candidates will be placed on an eligible list

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedures.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, and laws, regulations, and policies regarding COVID-19 are subject to change. The County of Orange is required to comply with all applicable State or County Public Health Orders, some of which require vaccination and boosting as follows:
  • Workers, who provide services in certain Health Care Facilities or in a correctional facility or detention center where health care is provided, will be required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted in accordance with applicable state orders . (Workers may be exempt from this requirement based on religious beliefs or a qualifying medical reason)
  • In addition, depending on assignment and COVID-19 Community Level, workers in certain high-risk settings may be required to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
The position for which you are applying may be required to adhere to any applicable State or County Public Health Orders. You will receive notification of any requirement as it applies to a position.

EMAIL NOTIFICATION
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and "ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update your profile at www.governmentjobs.com .

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.

For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, contact Claudia Curiel at (714) 834-2335 or CCuriel@ochca.com .

EEO INFORMATION

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.
http://www.ocers.org/active-member-information

Click here for information about benefits offered to County of Orange employees.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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