6005-Skills Trainer Westwind (HHS-MH, Westwind)
Jackson County, OR - Medford, OR

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Pre-Employment Requirements and/or Preferences:
  • This is a part time position, 20 hours per week.
  • Experience working with people with mental illness preferred.
  • This position requires strong communication and advocacy skills.
  • Must pass a criminal background check prior to hire.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug screen prior to hire.
  • Must submit an acceptable DMV certified court print prior to hire.
Job Duties and Requirements:

Definition: Under general supervision, to provide a variety of case management, skills training and support services to chronically mentally ill clients; and to perform related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: The Skills Trainer is a journey level class. Incumbents perform a full range of complex analytical journey-level duties within a framework of established procedures and with only occasional instruction or assistance. Incumbent may provide direction to new or volunteer employees, but this task in ancillary to the primary focus of the classification. Work is normally reviewed upon completion and for overall results.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: (The following duties represent the principal job duties, however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned: )
  • Determine client eligibility for program as required; assesses clients' needs and functioning levels and provides services to clients to meet those needs. Establish and maintain trusting relationships with clients through regular contact.
  • Establish and maintain complete and accurate records of client activities, treatment and progress; ensures completion of required reports.
  • Monitor and record clients' vital signs; administers first aid as needed.
  • Assist clients with accessing various resources for housing, medical treatment, transportation, financial, employment and basic daily living needs.
  • Develop and conduct educational programs, recreational and therapeutic programs, and other activities focused on problem-solving techniques, self-esteem and self-reliance, behavior modification, social interaction, parenting skills, vocational skills development, nutrition and health management, home economics and other daily living skills in class individual, family and group settings. Provide assistance in times of crisis.
  • Transport client to appointments and activities as needed.
  • May schedule and conduct home visits to provide services and assess home environment.
  • Refer clients to appropriate agencies; communicate with family members, physicians, therapists, etc. regarding individual cases; makes client referrals as appropriate.
  • Coordinate special programs and/or works with specific illnesses/age groups as assigned.
  • Perform general office/administrative duties as needed to maintain efficient operations, including but not limited to typing records, reports and correspondence, copying and filing documents, answering the telephone, preparing mail, preparing client bills, ensuring facility maintenance, maintaining supplies, etc.
Auxiliary Duties: (The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered the principal job duties: )
  • Maintain knowledge of current research, trends and practices applicable to assigned program by attending classes, conferences and workshops as appropriate.
  • May assist in preparing and serving meals to clients.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Equivalent to a high school diploma supplemented by one year of responsible experience providing community service and/or direct care service to the mentally ill.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Position requires knowledge of mental health assessment; medical terminology; basic medical care and treatment; medications and their side effects; available medical and community resources; record-keeping practices; safety procedures and protocol in medical treatment. Position requires ability to interpret and apply state and local laws, policies and procedures related to mental/ community health; grasp readily the principles of public health program delivery; take anthropometric measurements with skill and accuracy; recognize the need for consultation; work independently and as a team member; exercise initiative, tact and good judgment in dealing with people from various backgrounds; provide support and guidance to clients and family members; handle multi-task situations well; understand and carry out detailed instructions of a technical and professional nature; understand and use basic mathematics to compute totals; operate office equipment including a computer and basic medical equipment; read and understand medical reference manuals, equipment manuals, etc; maintain records with accuracy and confidentiality; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; communicate effectively and sensitively with patients; respond professionally and responsibly in crisis, emergency or dangerous situations.

Special Requirements: (Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions: )

Requires the ability to coordinate hands and feet in performing simple movements, such as bending, reaching and grasping; to exert physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the facility to another and standing for extended periods of time. May require sufficient strength and coordination for lifting, pushing, pulling and/or carrying the weight of equipment and persons. Requires ability to operate instruments and machinery in which manipulative skills and hand-eye coordination are important ingredients of safe and/or productive operation. Requires the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Tasks involve sound and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability. Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions, but worker may occasionally be exposed to illness and disease.

License or Certificate:

Requires possession of a valid Oregon driver's license; requires first aid and CPR certification.

Equal Opportunity Employer:


We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Upon request, special accommodations and/or assistance will be gladly provided for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory impairments. Because of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, persons hired by the county must be able to present acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to work in the United States. For a copy of Jackson County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, visit our web site at www.jacksoncounty.org or call 541-774-6036.