EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST - Promise Wellness Center
Job Type

Position Title: Employment Specialist

Program: Promise Wellness Center

Classification: Nonexempt, Full Time

Salary Range:  $20.00-$22.00 per hour

Summary and Range of Authority: Promise Wellness Center is based on a holistic approach to service delivery with an understanding that adults, TAY and older adults with serious mental illness can benefit from linkages to primary care physicians, access to non-traditional and culturally accepted healing communities, family and peer support, culturally appropriate education about mental illness and substance use, employment support services, and skill development. Program services are available to adults ages 18 and older living within the County of San Diego. Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Employment Specialist provides support to clients in obtaining employment.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide one-on-one assistance to participants in job searches, resume writing and interview preparation
  • Follow the Individual Placement and Support Model (IPS) to support individuals with mental illness in gaining employment 
  • Assist with finding part-time or full-time jobs that exist in the open labor market which pay at least minimum wage
  • Assess participant’s vocational functioning by reviewing participant’s background information and previous work experiences and skills to match participant with appropriate job duties/functions
  • Re-direct any specific concerns to participants’ employer, therapist, psychiatrist or family member as needed
  • Prepare individual service plan with participants, and update the service plan regularly as required
  • Attend the San Diego Job Developer network and other networking events regularly
  • Actively developing and maintaining relationships with employers who are willing to hire new employees thru competitive employment 
  • Develop and continually update list of potential employers who are willing to hire people with mental illness
  • Attend staff meetings on a weekly basis, or as scheduled.
  • Conduct community outreach to service providers
  • Attend employment meetings and/or trainings within UPAC, and the San Diego County mental health services community
  • Provide timely and accurate documentation of all services provided
  • Complete monthly and quarterly reports as required
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education, Certifications/Licenses and Language/Cultural Skills:

  • Bachelor’s level degree in mental health or social services, or vocational services

Minimum Experience and Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum 6-months experience with people with disabilities
  • Working knowledge of a broad range of occupations and jobs
  • Ability to identify consumers’ interests, strengths, skills, abilities, and unique set of challenges to match them with jobs
  • Have a positive attitude to inspire others to obtain and retain employment
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with others
  • Familiarity with community resources and the delivery of case management resources
  • Understanding of and commitment to the psychosocial rehabilitation model of psychiatric rehabilitation services, and a strong belief in empowering participants towards recovery
  • Demonstrate leadership skills; responsible, mature, self- motivated and able to lead and inspire others
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, including cultural competency in working with people of various cultural and economic backgrounds
  • If bilingual, must demonstrate oral and written fluency in native language and English
  • Will not be debarred or excluded from participation in Federal programs by the General Services Administration and/or the Department of Health and Human Services of the Inspector General
  • Must pass background check (Live Scan Fingerprint).
  • Must be able to drive (when needed) for business purposes to other program locations in San Diego County. If employee drives his/her personal automobile for UPAC business, employee must have valid California driver’s license and comprehensive automobile insurance coverage, as required by law. 
  • Must be COVID-19 vaccinated and boosted if applicable or must have religious or medical exemption

Additional Preferred Education or Qualifications:

  • Bilingual/Bicultural in threshold language
  • Experience working in a mental health setting
  • Experience working with IPS model

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Spends approximately 70% of work time sitting and meeting with others or working at a desk and/or computer. Spends approximately 30% of work time standing or walking within the work area or outside the office at meetings and events, also bends, twists, stoops and reaches. Ability to communicate in writing and verbally. Regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Frequently is required to use hands to touch, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Working conditions are normal for an office environment and event venues. The noise level is usually moderate. 

Salary Description
$20.00 - $22.00 per hour