County of Alameda

Rehabilitation Counselor II (#6640)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Social Workers (005)
$47.59-$57.39 Hourly / $3,569.25-$4,304.25 BiWeekly /
$7,733.38-$9,325.88 Monthly / $92,800.50-$111,910.50 Yearly

This classification specification describes the journey-level of the Rehabilitation Counselor Classification flexibly-staffed series. Incumbents of this classification under general direction, to provide rehabilitative counseling services in Mental Health, Vocational, Forensics or related 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 position is the journey-level classification within the Rehabilitation Counselor flexibly-staffed series. This classification requires incumbents to be fully trained and professionally skilled upon entrance into the class.  Rehabilitation Counselor II’s provide a full range of rehabilitation counseling services, involving considerable latitude and independence of judgment.  Direct supervisory review and guidance is provided only in selected cases. The class of Rehabilitation Counselor I is distinguished from the higher-level class of Rehabilitation Counselor II in that the latter is expected to perform journey-level work.

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. Provides rehabilitation counseling and casework services to clients and consultation to treatment providers; interviews clients and their families to gather social, psychiatric, and drug and alcohol vocational and educational history.  Completes and prepares assessments and case histories for use in diagnoses and in developing service plans for clients.
  2. Meets with clients and/or their families for regular counseling interviews; guides the patient in understanding his/her illness or addiction and contributing personal, social and economic factors; assists clients in developing realistic plans; advises clients of community resources; and makes referrals and other arrangements including advocacy and assistance.
  3. Works with families and other clinical providers of clients to elicit their cooperation in treatment coordination; works with community agencies, employers, Department of Rehab as required to assist clients in their service plans and in coping with daily activities and environmental needs, such as housing, medical care, employment and benefits management.
  4. Interprets procedures and represents the Behavioral Health Care Services Department to interested lay persons; and professional community contacts: and coordinates clinical staffing and consultations, participates in commitment hearings, giving factual and corroborative testimony regarding socio-psychiatric history and present behavior of the client; contacts service providers, public social and welfare agencies to obtain and provide information; answers inquiries and correspondence regarding community facilities, commitment procedures, and mental health, alcohol and drug services; and makes referrals when warranted.
  5. Attends staff conferences and training sessions; presents case history material for review and discussion with other staff members; consults with persons of other disciplines as required; seeks advice and guidance from superiors assigned to program whenever difficult situations develop.
  6. Prepares reports, case summaries, and correspondence as required; maintains case histories and work records, including required statistics.
  7. May provide supervision or guidance to personnel and interns assigned to program; participates in the administration of rehabilitation services.


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.



The equivalent of one (1) year of full-time experience in the class of Rehabilitation Counselor I in the Alameda County classified services.


The equivalent of two (2) years of full-time experience in the field of vocational rehabilitation, alcoholic or drug abuse rehabilitation or Mental Health treatment.   



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. Possession of Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Work, or License Professional Counselor license is desirable.
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, trends and literature related to alcohol and drug disorders, mental and emotional illness, personality disorders and their attendant problems. 
  • Prevention and treatment procedures, 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. 
  • Evidence Based Practices used effectively within rehabilitation settings.       

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, such as, Department of Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration, various social services agencies.
  • Work effectively with others, including family members, employers, benefits counselors, housing programs and site managers. 
  • Write and speak effectively. 
  • Interpret data. 
  • Guide and supervise the work of others. 
  • 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.


DW:Lm-h Revised: 2/85

LB:pb Revised: 4/5/89

Old document:  0648h

New doc:  6640.doc


CSC Date:  5/24/89

KU:pf  Rev. 11/20/01; 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: 10/10/18

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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