Thursday, December 3, 2020

Family Support Case Manager

Recruitment #20-6707-01

Introduction

THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended. 

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.

Supplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application or Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires will only be accepted on-line.

DESCRIPTION

HEALTH CARE SERVICES AGENCY
Alameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents.

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Alameda County Public Health Department has worked for over 80 years to improve the health and safety of its residents and the neighborhoods they live in. Traditional public health concerns such as disease outbreaks, environmental hazards and access to health care have been joined by contemporary concerns: bioterrorism, crime, violence, and substance abuse. Each of these poses a threat to public health and wellness and calls for short and long-term solutions that lie well outside traditional public health boundaries.  For more information about our Alameda County Public Health Department, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department Website and latest Annual Budget document found on
www.acgov.org

 

MATERNAL, PATERNAL, CHILD, AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH (MPCAH) UNIT

Maternal, Paternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MPCAH) is dedicated to coordinating services for families, including teens, pregnant women, mothers, fathers, caregivers and children in Alameda County.  MPCAH enhances access to comprehensive, quality health care and focuses on early intervention and prevention services.  The goal is to reduce health disparities, protect and improve health outcomes among Alameda County families, including pregnant women, parenting women and men, and their children.

 

 

MPCAH programs work to ensure that women, children, youth, fathers, and families achieve optimal health and well-being through the provision of client-centered, culturally responsive, strengths-based services and supports, combined with community transformation efforts that aim to improve neighborhood conditions.

 

THE POSITION

Family Support Case Managers perform specific-program, long-term case management in the Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) case management, care coordination, home visiting and/or family support programs and work collaboratively to provide a seamless system of services and support for clients in Alameda County. Family Support Case Managers may also be responsible for group facilitation, and a variety of community and health education activities, act as a liaison between communities, agencies, and other resources, services and program staff.

Family Support Case Managers assigned to the MPCAH division provide case management, community and home visits 2-4 times monthly, prenatal, inter-conceptional screenings and assessments. These positions will also screen for child development concerns and parental depression using a variety of instruments such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Additionally, positions assigned to the MPCAH division will also execute screenings of home environments, comprehensive intake and periodic assessments with clients, crisis intervention, family/life planning, establishing linkages with resources for families,  as well as parent education and support.  

 

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
In addition to meeting the minimum requirements for this position, the ideal candidate will possess a demonstrated work history focusing on perinatal populations and/or early childhood field, coupled with experience working with culturally and racially diverse families and communities with broad-based social and economic inequities. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess the following critical attributes:

  • Experience using a collaborative process to assess, recommend, plan for and provide comprehensive case management in clients’ homes or in the community.
  • Exceptional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, focused on developing an environment where diverse multidisciplinary team can work together to offer maximum services to Alameda County residents.
  • Seeks to understand client needs – actively seeks information to understand client circumstances, problems, expectations, and needs; verifies understanding.
  • Ability to build and maintain professional, constructive and collaborative relationships with diverse communities, organizations, and local public and private service providers.
  • Ability to generate relevant options for addressing problems/opportunities and achieving desired outcomes.
  • Ability to effectively manage conflict; taking positive action to resolve conflict in a way that addresses the issue, dissipates the conflict, and maintains the relationship.
  • Experience interacting with clients and peers in a way that gives them confidence your intentions and those of the organization.
  • Knowledge of, and familiarity with Windows based computer programs, online communication, telehealth and productivity platforms such as Teams and Zoom for Health, and electronic case management systems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Either Pattern I

Four (4) years as a Community Outreach Worker or in an equivalent or higher-level classification performing complex care coordination/case management duties.

OR

Pattern II

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of experience working with clients with medical and social risk factors in a health care or social services setting.

 

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above minimum qualifications in the announcements of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The most qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Extensive knowledge of community and governmental services and resources
  • Interest in working with multi-stressed and multicultural families and the communities in which they live.
  • Experience observing clients, recording information, conducting client interviews, implementing service plans.
  • Problem-solving techniques, handling crisis intervention matters, and using proper decision-making skills.
  • A strong desire to help others and the ability to establish trusting relationships.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills including reflective practice.
  • A sense of responsibility and the ability to manage time effectively.
  • Interviewing techniques and methods including Motivational Interviewing with individuals and/or groups.
  • Ten Essential Public Health Services
  • Understanding of basic social needs, attitudes and behavioral patterns; the principles of counseling and health education, health promotion, disease prevention, and preventive health care.
  • Community structures and dynamics and method of group facilitation.
  • Outreach experience and knowledge of program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of computer database operation and basic data entry skills.

 
Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, their families, professionals, para-professional and support staff in the department, outside agencies, schools and with the general public in a variety of ethnic and cultural communities.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing with linguistic and cultural proficiency.
  • Follow prescribed procedures and policies.
  • Obtain and maintain accurate case information in electronic database format.
  • Understand and accept differences in attitudes toward health problems resulting from medical, cultural, socio-economic and other factors.
  • Understand the connections between health equity social conditions (income/community economics, transportation, education, housing, incarceration) and individual and community health
  • Use knowledge to assist clients in accessing resources that address barriers. Analyze client activities and integrate appropriate program activities/services.
  • Establish trust with families in order to obtain accurate personal, sensitive and confidential data from clients across ethnic and cultural lines.
  • Research, prepare, and deliver preventive health presentations.
  • Recognize the contributions of diverse opinions and perspectives
  • Incorporate ethical standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.
  • Communicate information to influence behavior and improve health

EXAMINATION COMPONENTS

THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF the following steps:

  1. A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process;
  2. A review of candidates’ Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified applicants to continue in the process;
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.  

** CANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. **  

We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.

Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via e-mail with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

TENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN:

Deadline for Filing:    

5:00PM, Monday, November 2, 2020

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

November 9, 2020

Screening for Best Qualified:

December 18, 2020

Civil Service Oral Examination**:

Week of January 18, 2021

**If designated a combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.

*WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN*

Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.

BENEFITS

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

  • 11 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.

 

Conclusion

 

All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Notices will be sent from Noreply@jobaps.com.  Please add @jobaps.com and Noreply@jobaps.com as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page and clicking on the link 'last notice sent' for the respective recruitment.

 

Please take the steps recommended above to insure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

 

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box NoReply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

  

Angelica Cuevas, HR Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

(510) 271-5154 or email Angelica.Cuevas@acgov.org

 

 

DISASTER SERVICE WORKER

All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.