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Requirements

  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $47,496.00 - $60,612.00 gross per year
  • Redding

Description

DESCRIPTION
*Please refer to the appropriate Bargaining
Unit Memorandum of Understanding for potential future salary increases*
Please visit http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/support_index/personnel/MOUs.aspx

THE CURRENT VACANCY IS IN THE REGIONAL SERVICES BRANCH
OF THE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY

ORAL EXAM IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2019

RESPONSES TO SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS REQUIRED

SKILLS OR EXPERIENCES LISTED UNDER THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
STATEMENT MAY ALSO BE USED TO SCREEN APPLICATIONS

FINAL FILING DATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2019 AT 5:00 PM
ABOUT THE POSITION
This class specification describes non-supervisory Vocational Counselors.This class is used in local social service agencies to provide professional vocational counseling and career preparation assessment for clients of public assistance programs.Incumbents develop employment plans and assist with the implementation of employment and training activities.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES
Responsibilities include comprehensive assessment of the client's employment readiness; development of an employment plan; determination of the employment and training services needed to meet the goals of the employment plan; and documenting the above in a written professional report. May be responsible for the administration and interpretation of all measurement instruments utilized in the assessment of a client's educational and career needs and for directing and coordinating the provision of assessment and related services provided by other staff.

TYPICAL QUALIFICATIONS
Knowledge of: Employment preparation programs; training and college programs; goals of public social service agencies; interviewing techniques; career, vocational and employment counseling theories and techniques; principles and techniques in the development, administration and interpretation of standardized vocational, academic, aptitude, and related tests; and hiring practices of public and private sector employers.
Ability to: Interview effectively in a variety of potentially stressful situations; identify and assess needs and barriers to employment; develop appropriate employment and training plans; administer and interpret vocational, academic, aptitude, and related tests; interpret, explain and apply complex laws and regulations; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; identify and utilize community resources; and maintain a large revolving caseload of employment program participants referred for assessment.
These standards are typically attained with completion of fifteen (15) semester or twenty-two (22) quarter college units in career planning, vocational guidance principles, personality development, occupational testing, measurement and counseling preparation; AND two (2) years of professional experience performing vocational guidance, employment counseling and placement services in a variety of occupational fields. This experience shall have included the responsibility for recommending the purchase or rental of standardized vocational, academic, aptitude, and related tests and the development of occupational plans and goals including the activities to be undertaken to achieve such goals. OR a bachelor's degree in behavioral science with emphasis in vocational guidance, employment counseling, career assessment or a closely related field.The college courses must have included fifteen (15) semester or twenty-two (22) quarter units in counseling development, occupational and industrial information, tests and measurements or other courses related to employment counselor preparation.
IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will have the following skills, abilities, and characteristics:

- Knowledge of the labor market in Shasta County as well as local resources for vocational training/skill development
- Awareness of community resources and agencies available for assistance in obtaining gainful employment
- Well-developed and effective interviewing skills
- Ability to assist clients in guided vocational exploration and goal development using various resources, including those which are web-based
- Ability to assist clients determine suitable employment goals consistent with their interests, aptitudes, physical/mental/emotional limitations, and other factors
- Formulate recommendations for future program activities based on client needs, program regulations, activity availability, and other factors
- Be organized and able to apply principles of logical thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
- Experienced working with economically disadvantaged individuals of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds
- Excellent customer service skills and a desire to help others
- Personable, friendly, out-going, and non-judgmental attitude
- Strong work ethic with the ability to follow through in a timely manner
- Attention to detail and accuracy in all work products
- Well-developed writing skills and at least intermediate proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite
- Ability to work independently using good judgment and good time-management skills
- Ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS
Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.


- Do you have a bachelor's degree in behavioral science with emphasis in vocational guidance, employment counseling, career assessment or a closely related field? Yes ___ No ___
- Do you have two (2) years of professional experience performing vocational guidance and employment counseling in a variety of occupational fields? This experience shall have included the responsibility for the development of occupational plans and goals including the activities to be undertaken to achieve such goals. If yes, please list the years of employment and describe the applicable job duties performed. If no applicable experience, please type "n/a."
- Have you completed fifteen (15) semester or twenty-two (22) quarter college units in career planning, vocational guidance principles, personality development, occupational testing, measurement and counseling preparation? If yes, please list the applicable courses, including the unit type, semester or quarter. If none, please type "n/a."

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific visions abilities required by this job include close vision.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

- All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
- Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
- As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment with Shasta County will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history, (if any), will be evaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.
- Based on the results of the background investigation and criminal history check, applicants may then be provided with an offer of employment conditioned on the results of a medical examination, which includes drug/alcohol testing.
- Shasta County participates in E-Verify. For more information click here. If you do not have internet access, contact Personnel at (530) 225-5515 to request a flier.
- In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
- Positions in this classification are covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the County and the United Public Employees of California (UPEC) – General/Professional Unit.
- Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute up to 7.25% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Please visit our employees benefit page

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