Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Salary: $18.00 to $19.00 /hour
Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
406 Main Street, Suite 207, Watsonville, CA 95076
831-763-2147 – 831-724-3447 (fax)
“Our mission is to partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services”
Position: Case Manager/Employment Placement Specialist
Program: Alcance, a program of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.
Hours: Up to 35 Hours per Week
Wage Rate: $18-$19 per hour to start
Benefits: Medical (some employee share of cost, depending on plan selected), dental (employee pays half of dental), vision plan and life insurance,
24 days annual leave to start and 12 paid holidays, prorated to time worked, Retirement Plan (401K Retirement Plan after six months of service), and Employee Assistance (EAP) Program.
Reports to: Day Worker Center Program Coordinator
Location: Position mainly stationed out of the Janus Perinatal and Day Worker Centers,
7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Apply to: E-mail resume and cover letter to Rubenp @ cabinc.org or fax to Ruben Prieto
at (831) 724-3447 ASAP. Position opened until filled.
Overview: CAB’s Alcance program is one of the six component programs of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. The mission of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. is to partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services. Alcance provides adult and youth alternatives to incarceration, re-entry, and workforce development services through the provision of employment readiness, training, mentoring and placement services. In each of these service areas, the program follows a strengths-based, and outcomes oriented approach and integrates evidence based practices from criminal justice and other relevant research, advancing employment as one of the most important vehicles for hastening offender reintegration, improving community functioning for participants and improving employment placements for the under-resourced.
1.) Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
-Work with adults in substance abuse recovery and/or their families to build job readiness skills and competency in obtaining and retaining employment by using strength-based approaches and methods.
-Facilitate job-readiness workshops in either groups or 1:1;
-Place job-ready participants in employment.
-Provide ongoing case management support and mentorship to newly placed participants to ensure job retention and to address problems as they arise.
– Communicate appropriately with partners to accomplish program and participant goals.
-Work effectively as a team member with Alcance, CAB, and agency program partners, including attending CAB agency meetings and activities and representing the program and agency in partner/network meetings.
-Assist in maintenance of records, spreadsheet, hard copy files, and complete regular monthly/quarterly/end of year reports on successes and challenges in job development and placement. Perform data entry including an online-shared referral system.
-Ensure program objectives, outcomes and impacts are met for contract compliance.
-Provide health and Medi-Cal outreach, information, referral, eligibility, access assistance, planning and MAA coordination activities.
– Work with CAB Alcance Job Developer to expand and engage new employers in employment programs.
– Provide financial literacy, create budgets, and capacity information and case management for clients/families.
-Participate in weekly supervision meetings
-Support/lead in the facilitation of Celebrating Families groups for adults and their children
-Other duties as assigned.
2.) Employment Qualifications:
– Knowledge and experience of working in substance abuse recovery with adults and their families.
– Recovery certification preferred but not required.
– Assist with facilitating, directing and organizing adults in recovery.
– Understand and stay informed about local reentry networks and resources.
– Motivate high-risk adults in recovery in reaching their goals and potential. Motivational Interviewing (MI) knowledge, training and experience preferred.
– Interview, identify and assess needs and barriers to employment and development of meaningful employment plans and opportunities.
– Understand and effectively utilize conflict resolution techniques.
– Employ working knowledge of fundamental principles of human behavior and group dynamics.
– Understand adult recovery and offender community; causes of poverty and social problems; cultural competency.
– Establish and maintain effective working relationships with participants, staff and others.
– Work well under time constraints and multiple priorities to meet deadlines.
– Assist in coordinating with various county and community agencies.
– Conduct meetings with participants and other social service professionals to evaluate progress/issues.
– Communicate effectively with people from varied economic and cultural backgrounds.
– Recruit business/employers as partners.
– Perform duties safely, responsibly, effectively, and completely.
– Trauma Informed Care (TIC) knowledge, training and experience preferred; ability to practice/access available self-care and wellness resources to avoid/minimize burnout.
– Proficiency in computer systems (Microsoft Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
– A valid Class C California driver’s license with a clean DMV record and auto insurance.
– BA/BS degree in Sociology, Psychology, Community Studies or Environmental Studies preferred; or demonstrated work experience in similar fields.
– Knowledge and familiarity with Santa Cruz County network of health and social services and geography, preferred.
– Commitment to the empowerment, job training and education of those in/at-risk of criminal justice involvement.
– Availability to work occasional weekend days and evenings
– – Bilingual/biliterate (English/Spanish) required.
The hired candidate will adhere to CAB’s standard of upholding the agency’s mission, values and code of ethics through a commitment to confidentiality and communication.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition (cancer related), marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age (over 18), veteran status, gender, pregnancy, or any other non-merit factor unrelated to job duties. AA/EOE