County of Alameda

Rehabilitation Counselor I (#6638)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Social Workers (005)
$45.93-$55.03 Hourly / $3,444.75-$4,127.25 BiWeekly /
$7,463.63-$8,942.38 Monthly / $89,563.50-$107,308.50 Yearly

This classification specification describes the entry level of the Rehabilitation Counselor classification flexibly-staffed series.  Under close supervision, to be responsible for counseling clients in Mental Health, Vocational or Forensics programs; to formulate client assessments, treatment plans and provide rehabilitation counseling for assigned clients; to gather and present case history data; and to do related work as required.


This classification is part of a two-level flexibly-staffed class series of the Rehabilitation Counselor classifications.  Incumbents in this entry-level rehabilitation counselor class receive close supervision in their work and in the development of professional competence.  The class of Rehabilitation Counselor I is distinguished from the next higher-level one of Rehabilitation Counselor II who provides a full range of rehabilitation services, involving considerable latitude and independence of judgment and seeks supervisory review and guidance only for selected cases.
Rehabilitation Counselor I’s are expected to gain experience, demonstrate proficiency, and acquire master’s level academic training to qualify them to promote to the Rehabilitation Counselor II level after satisfactory completion of twelve (12) months at the level of Rehabilitation Counselor I.

NOTE:   The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  1. Conducts client interviews to obtain social, economic, emotional and other data; prepares summaries of such information; presents intake data at diagnostic evaluation conference; and assists in the formulation of individual treatment plans. 
  2. Provides rehabilitation services to assigned clients; periodically meets with clients to assess progress toward rehabilitation goals; provides guidance in individual and group meetings; identifies the need and refers clients to other County or community agencies for other supportive or ancillary services.
  3. May provide supervision or guidance to personnel or interns assigned to programs and participate in the administration of rehabilitation services.
  4. Serves as a liaison between assigned programs and other health, welfare, and social agencies or programs, and is expected to uphold values and mission of primary assignment.
  5. Provides technical consultation to lay and professional agencies and groups to enable them to improve their services as it relates to mission of primary assignment.
  6. Maintains case records and histories, collects data and prepares reports and correspondence as required for the effective operation of the assigned program.



Possession of six (6) years direct rehabilitation counseling or clinical work experience in a clinical, vocational or forensics settings.


Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in rehabilitation counseling, clinical or educational psychology, or social work/marriage and family counseling/professional counselor can substitute for the required experience.


Some positions in this class require a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license. Applicants must possess such license prior to appointment to such positions.

Special Requirement

In compliance with the Administrative Simplification provision of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), employees in this classification are required to possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number prior to their first day on the job.

In compliance with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the Federal Cures Act, Employees in this classification who are required to render direct specialty mental health services in the course of their assignment must successfully be enrolled in Provider Application and Validation for Enrollment (PAVE) web portal prior to commencing employment.

NOTE:   The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE:   The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:  

  • Modern principles, methods, materials, and trends and literature related to alcohol and drug disorders, mental and emotional illness, personality disorders, and their attendant problems.
  • Prevention and treatment, procedures and techniques related to alcohol and drug disorders, mental and emotional illness, and personality disorders.
  • 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.
  • Evidenced Based Practices used effectively within rehabilitation settings.   
Ability to

  • Develop and maintain effective and productive casework relationships with clients and their families.
  • Secure pertinent social and personal data and meet documentation requirements.
  • Utilize community resources, such as, Department of Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration, various social services agencies.
  • Work effectively with others, including family members, employers, benefits counselors, housing programs or site managers.
  • Interpret data.
  • Multitask and prioritize projects.
  • Write and speak effectively.
  • Input and/or access data via a system-wide computer network and personal computers.


DW:lm-h   Revised: 2/85

LB:pb   Revised: 4/4/89

Old document:  0647h

New document:  Jobspecs/6638


CSC Date:  5/24/89

KU:pf  Rev.  1/24/02; 5/1/02

CSC Date:  5/22/02

SG:po Revised 7/16/09

CSC Date: 8/12/09

NLB:ah Revised 8/7/18

CSC Date: 10/11/18

RE:saa Revised 11/02/2022

CSC Date:11/30/2022 

IL:saa Revised 3/16/23

CSC Date:06/14/23


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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