. Employment and Training Specialist I is the entry and trainee level class of this series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform basic duties while learning County and program policies, procedures and guidelines. This class is alternately staffed with
Employment and Training Specialist II and incumbents are expected to advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class. Employment and Training Specialist II is the journey level class of this series, fully competent to independently perform the full range of job duties. Incumbents in this class exercise independent judgment in counseling clients with employment barriers to assist them in becoming employable through placement in appropriate work readiness activities, classroom, on-the-job training or direct employment referral in accordance with established County policies and procedures and program regulations and guidelines.
This series is distinguished from the higher level of Senior Employment and Training Specialist in that the senior level works as lead worker with the responsibility of training and reviewing the work of Employment and Training Specialist I/II or other staff and carries a caseload of the more difficult and complex cases.
Employment and Training Specialist I
Working knowledge of:
•Interviewing and counseling techniques.
•Fundamental principles of human behavior.
•Record keeping methods.
•Effective case management techniques.
Some knowledge of:
•Community resources and programs to assist clients.
Employment and Training Specialist II
Working knowledge of the above, plus:
•Career, vocational and employment counseling techniques.
•Employment and training programs and related community resources.
•Hiring trends and practices of private and public sector employers.
•Common occupational titles, the usual minimum qualifications, training and/or experience required in order to secure employment in those occupations.
•Resources available for military veterans may be required for some positions.
•Available community programs/services to assist clients in overcoming employment barriers and becoming job ready. Some knowledge of:
•Career planning practices and techniques.
•Employment counseling tools including interest and vocational assessments.
The following abilities apply to level I as trainee and level II as journey:
•Interview persons from various backgrounds, to obtain information concerning their employment skills, work readiness needs and occupational goals.
•Identify and assess needs and barriers to employment and develop meaningful employment plans that meet requirements and identify supportive services needs.
•Implement client employment plans through referral to appropriate programs and services.
•Conduct follow-up with clients, service providers and employers to monitor attendance, evaluate progress and take necessary case actions.
•Prepare reports, forms, plans and agreements.
•Interpret, explain and apply complex Federal and State regulations.
•Maintain a large caseload of participants.
•Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
•Plan and schedule work effectively.
•Effectively utilize community and agency partners.
•Input, access and analyze data using a computer according to procedures and within mandated timeframes.
•Design and conduct individual and/or group activities to improve job readiness of clients.
•Work with employers to develop employment opportunities.
•Determine and authorize necessary supportive services for clients.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
•Employment and Training Specialist I: One year of experience which has included interviewing, handling a caseload or counseling; OR six months of experience which has included interviewing, handling a caseload or counseling AND successful completion of twelve (12) college level semester units in psychology, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, education or other related field; OR equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology or other related field.
•Employment and Training Specialist II: One year of experience in career, vocational or employment counseling. A Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Counseling, Industrial Psychology or a closely related field may be substituted for six months of the required experience.
•License Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License, or the ability to provide suitable transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
•Background Investigation: Some positions may require fingerprinting. •Other Special Requirements: Some positions may require the use of a personal vehicle; some positions may require working weekends and/or after hours.
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: Employment and Training Specialist (for Level II)
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 03
Occupational Grouping: 89
Workers' Comp Code: 0285