Job: Deputy Public Guardian Conservator I (Open & Promotional)

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Job Title:Deputy Public Guardian Conservator I (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 02/13/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$30.20 - $33.76 Hourly
$2,416.00 - $2,700.80 Biweekly
$5,234.67 - $5,851.73 Monthly
$62,816.00 - $70,220.80 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The Aging and Adult Services Division of the County of San Mateo Health System is seeking a full-time Deputy Public Guardian Conservator I (DPG I).

The Representative Payee Program is a money management service provided through the County of San Mateo Aging and Adult Services Division. It serves San Mateo County residents who are unable to manage their public benefits on their own, potentially causing a risk to their health and safety. The DPG I is the only county classification designated for the Representative Payee position overseeing the Representative Payee case load.

The DPG I is responsible for receiving and reviewing applications to the program, communicating with the referral source and conducting face-to-face visits with the potential client to assess the need for services. This assessment includes identifying income and assets, current and outstanding bills, housing and medical insurance. The DPG I will also collect and document any other demographic, social and medical information on the potential client, enough to develop a working baseline knowledge of the potential client's capability.

Upon a determination of eligibility for the program, the DPG I will apply to become payee for the client's income, work with the client and/or the client's case manager to marshal assets into the Aging and Adult Services Trust Account and redirect existing bills to be mailed to Aging and Adult Services Representative Payee Program.

Upon termination of a case subsequent to an appointment of another payee, the client's relocation away from San Mateo County or death, the DPG I is responsible for identifying the appropriate agency or individual responsible for the disposition of the remaining assets and forwarding the same in a timely manner.

Examples of Duties:

On-going tasks include, but are not limited to, receiving income and paying bills, maintaining Trust account balances under that allowed by the client's pubic benefits and completing redetermination/recertification of benefits. The DPG I is well versed in crisis intervention be it telephonically, in-office, at the client's home or in the community. This involves techniques of de-escalation and having sound judgment and knowledge of resources including law enforcement and emergency medical services. Information about the client will be collected throughout the life of the case with the intent of monitoring the progress of the client's condition so as to be able to make a continuing informed assessment of need. Referral to appropriate resources when needed is expected. It is within the realm of responsibility of the position to locate and assist the client in securing housing when needed.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

Completion of 24 semester units of social welfare, behavioral science, finance and/or law courses or two years experience in public service, estate administration or investigation work.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, policies and procedures used in conducting comprehensive assessments of mentally and functionally disabled persons, the elderly and their families.
  • Principles, policies and procedures used in developing care plans for mentally and functionally disabled persons and the elderly.
  • Welfare and Institutions Code, Lanterman-Petris-Short, Probate Code and other applicable laws and regulations relating to person and estate management.
  • Regulations governing Federal Assistance, Social Security benefits, Veterans Administration benefits, and other entitlements.
  • Principles and techniques used in estate and financial investigation to determine conservatees' or wards' assets, including real property, stocks, bonds and bank deposits.
  • Functions and procedures of the court system.
  • Social and community resources available.
  • Psycho-social, medical, and economic interrelationships that result in individual and social abnormalities.
  • Multi-cultural and ethnic diversity.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Work effectively with mentally and emotionally disabled persons, the elderly, and their families.
  • Maintain complete and accurate case records.
  • Prepare clear, concise written reports.
  • Read, interpret, and implement complex written materials.
  • Communicate effectively, including speaking clearly and concisely.
  • Assess problems and take appropriate action.
  • Develop and implement comprehensive case plans.
  • Develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with County staff, service providers and individuals contacted in the course of the work.
  • Organize and manage large volumes of paperwork.
  • Respond immediately to client needs in the home and/or institutional settings.

Anyone may apply.  Current San Mateo County employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.
A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Final Filing Date: February 13, 2018
Application Screening: February 15, 2018
Panel Interviews: February 27 and/or March 1, 2018

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (013018) (Deputy Public Guardian Conservator I - G220) 


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