Client Services Assistant - I
Placer County - Placer County, CA

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ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 AT 9 A.M., PLACER COUNTY PERSONNEL WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF CLIENT SERVICES ASSISTANT I (ENTRY).

Individuals will not have the ability to submit an application to this recruitment until the date and time above.

LIMITED RECRUITMENT: T his is a limited recruitment and will close after the first 200 electronically submitted applications after November 4, 2013 at 9 A.M OR until the posted filing deadline, whichever comes first .

POSITION INFORMATION Placer County Health and Human Services is currently recruiting for permanent and extra help/temporary positions in the classification Client Services Assistant - I for both its children and adult programs. While this is an entry level position, applicants are encouraged to include any relevant direct client training and/or experience when responding to the supplemental questionnaire. Applicants are required to denote assignment preferences which may be used by the hiring authority in selecting candidates for interview and positions.

Current positions are in the following service areas:

* Residential Care - Children's Emergency Shelter

* Transport

* Court Supervised Visits

* Welcome Center

The eligible list created by this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies within the Department for both Temporary / Extra Help and Permanent positions should additional vacancies arise, with approval of the County Executive Officer.

Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 999 hours. CalPERS retired annuitants are subject to the terms and conditions set forth by pension law.

DEFINITION To assist in providing designated health and human services to an assigned client base; to provide instruction and support to clients in learning and applying daily living skills; to provide care and supervision to clients, including children; and to carry out client treatment plans as prepared by professional staff members; and to function as an integral and supportive member of assigned departmental and multi-disciplinary team(s).

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Client Services Assistant I
This is the entry level class in the Client Services Assistant series. This class is distinguished from the Client Services Assistant II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within this series. Employees at this level are not expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to the journey level. Employees work under immediate supervision while learning job tasks.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED Client Services Assistant I
Receives immediate supervision from professional staff members as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide care and supervision of assigned client population, which may include infants, children, adolescents, or adults, in all aspects of daily living activities; assist clients in performing and learning such living skills as grooming, hygiene, meal planning and preparation, budgeting, routine household maintenance, and various work/study projects; instruct clients in appropriate use of prescribed medications, dispensing and controlling medications as necessary; observe clients taking medications.
  • Assist clients in learning and displaying appropriate behavior in classroom, recreational, work and social settings; observe potential crisis situations and report or intervene according to prescribed procedures; practice behavior management techniques.
  • Observe clients at all times; document activities, behavior, incidents and respond/refer to each appropriately; counsel clients and provide role model behavior; communicate with professional staff, other staff members, and representatives from involved agencies regarding clients' needs, behaviors, and treatments as necessary and appropriate.
  • Carry out and participate in the interdisciplinary treatment plans developed for clients; participate in plan development; communicate with case management staff, families and other agencies/interested parties to coordinate treatment plan and activities; assist clients in transitioning to higher levels of self-awareness and responsibility.
  • Assist clients in identifying and utilizing available community resources; arrange for emergency hospitalization of clients; schedule appointments for clients; provide transportation for clients to appointments, shopping, school, work and recreational activities; supervise visits to children.
  • Perform general maintenance and housekeeping as appropriate to include mopping, vacuuming, cleaning bathrooms, washing/drying clothes, and meal preparation and serving; shop for food, pick up medications, report hazards and facility damage; sort and store supplies and maintain records including petty cash.
  • Enter information in daily behavior/activity logs; review and read log entries prior to assuming shift duties; update files; respond to inquiries from clients' families and the general public.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public utilizing principles of effective customer service.
  • Perform related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Client Services Assistant I

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: One year of group counseling experience is desired.

Training: Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

May require:
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of employment, a Certificate of Training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation; valid certification must be maintained on a continuous basis.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain within one year of employment, a Certificate of Training in First Aid; valid certification must be maintained on a continuous basis.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES Client Services Assistant I

Knowledge of:
  • Basic daily living needs, including hygiene, exercise, entertainment, food, clothing and shelter, of all age groups from infants to geriatrics.
  • Routine and basic health and safety practices.
  • Standard and accepted English spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Standard and accepted principles and practices of work safety.
Ability to:
  • Learn to work effectively with special needs clients including children, adolescents, and/or the mentally ill.
  • Understand and carry out a variety of both oral and written instructions.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job and observe safety rules; intermittently review work papers and log entries; identify and problem solve situations involving clients' needs and circumstances; identify safety hazards for assigned clients; locate equipment and supplies; interpret work orders; remember clients' names and verbal instructions; understand and explain Department's and assigned program's policies and procedures to clients, staff, families and the general public.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; stand, walk, bend, squat, kneel or twist while observing, restraining, bathing/dressing, and interacting with clients as well as in the performance of housekeeping tasks. See and hear with sufficient acuity to observe and be aware of clients at all times; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; and lift very heavy weight.
  • Relate positively to clients and establish trust and rapport.
  • Work cooperatively as part of a team providing services and treatment to special need clients.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Respond to emergency situations in an effective, timely and calm manner.
  • Obtain relevant information through interviews and observations; work effectively with constant or sporadic interruptions.
  • Analyze situations in a timely and objective manner; determine and initiate the proper course of action within established guidelines and parameters.
  • Perform routine clerical tasks including mathematical calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Operate routine office and housekeeping equipment as well as designated recreational, play, and athletic equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Communicate effectively and tactfully in both oral and written forms.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

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