Employment Development Counselor
County of Marin, CA - Marin County, CA

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The Employment Development Counselor (EDC) position is part of the Marin Employment Connection one-stop team or the CalWORKs Welfare to Work program. This position reports directly to the Employment and Training Program Manager I of the respective program. The position requires knowledge of local labor market conditions, community resources, effective case management, motivational counseling, and workshop facilitation. The position also requires both the knowledge of effective job search techniques (resumes, applications, interviewing, networking, etc) as well as the ability to effectively teach these techniques to customers. The EDC must be able to keep effective case records that are in compliance with the federal and/or state regulations of the particular program.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will possess extensive knowledge and experience in working directly with clients seeking employment, in both direct case management as well as group workshop facilitation. He or she should possess a high level of expertise in job search techniques and community resources available to job seekers, particularly within Marin, as well as an understanding of the state or federal regulations for a particular program. He or she will have successfully worked with people with multiple barriers to employment, including poor work history, low educational attainment, disability and mental health issues, ex-offenders, long term unemployment, etc. An ideal candidate would also have knowledge and experience in working with employers to understand their needs to be able to effectively place clients, such as in job developing. In addition, the successful candidate will exhibit strong initiative as well as be a proven team player, have sophisticated communication skills, and a strong commitment to excellent customer service.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS EITHER: A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to three years of college level coursework with major emphasis in a social or behavioral science or closely related field AND one year of employment development and/or vocational counseling work experience with jobseekers who may be economically disadvantaged or disabled persons. OR: With a minimum of one year as a Marin County Eligibility Worker II, Support Services Worker or comparable County classification working with this population, candidates may substitute for the one year of required employment development and/or vocational experience a total of 15 semester or 22 quarter college units in related course work, such course work to include a combination of career planning, vocation guidance principles, personality development, occupational testing and measurement, and counseling preparation.

HIGHLY DESIRABLE: Ability to facilitate and lead workshops in the areas of job search, career development and pre-employment skills. Bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English is highly desirable.

TESTING SCHEDULE Depending on the number of qualified applications received, the examination process may consist of a highly qualified review, supplemental application screening, online assessment, written examination, practical performance, oral examination or any combination to determine which candidate’s names may be placed on the eligible list.

Tentative Oral Interview Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

BILINGUAL CERTIFICATION: If the successful candidate has bilingual skills that will be used in the position, they must demonstrate proficiency in both Spanish and English prior to appointment. A bilingual proficiency exam will be administered at the time of selection to ensure the candidate possesses the appropriate skill level to meet the requirements for a bilingual differential.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Successful candidates are subject to fingerprinting by the Sheriff’s Department prior to appointment.