Job: Peer Wellness Coach Community Worker I/II-Spanish Speaking Required-Extra Help (Open)

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Job Title:Peer Wellness Coach Community Worker I/II-Spanish Speaking Required-Extra Help (Open)
Salary:$20.50 - $28.29 Hourly
$1,640.00 - $2,263.20 Biweekly
$3,553.33 - $4,903.60 Monthly
Job Type:Other (Posting Only)
Location:San Mateo County, California
The County of San Mateo Health System's Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) is seeking a dynamic Peer Wellness Coach Community Worker I/II-Spanish Speaking Required-Extra-Help, for an integrated behavioral health and primary care program, Total Wellness. Total Wellness aims to reduce disparities in access to health care for people with mental illness and alcohol and drug addictions, as well as improve their physical health outcomes through chronic disease prevention, early intervention, health care coordination, and disease management strategies. The Peer Wellness Coach will work with a multidisciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals, and others to improve physical health outcomes of BHRS consumers.

The current full time extra-help vacancy is in the Total Wellness Team, for Bilingual Spanish and English Required.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide assistance and supporting services to enrolled clients and staff.
  • Provide assistance and encouragement to clients considering enrollment in Total Wellness.
  • Assist other program personnel by establishing and maintaining contact with enrolled clients.
  • Assist in planning and implementing health and wellness education and support groups, including but not limited to weight management, smoking cessation, nutrition, physical activity & movement, various community and wellness classes, etc
  • Assist in planning, organizing, and facilitating Health & Wellness Groups, including drop-in information groups and structured groups leading to client development of/adherence to Total Wellness plans.
  • Assist clients to obtain any public benefits, including health benefits, for which they are eligible.
  • Make appointments and keep clinical records.
  • Assist with grant-specific data collection.
  • Provide transportation services for enrolled and prospective clients.
  • Develop immediate solutions to emergency problems and expedite delivery of needed services after consulting with supervisor.
  • Upon request refer clients to other departments or agencies for appropriate treatment.
  • Speak to consumer groups or to other agencies regarding Total Wellness resources and programs.
  • Perform outreach to provide health and wellness education and information to individuals.  Travel to provide health & wellness education and classes off-site at various locations and treatment centers throughout the County.
  • Assist professional medical staff with treatments and procedures as allowed by individual training/certification.
  • Perform measurements and patient screening tests and reassessments
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The Ideal Candidate will be:

  • A current or former consumer of behavioral health services.
  • Experienced in providing peer support services for people with mental illness and medical conditions.
  • Experienced with mental health and alcohol and other drug related services.
  • Experienced working with seriously mentally ill clients with complex needs and/or co-occurring challenges.
  • Understanding the needs of their community and advocating for resources and services.
  • Interacting and communicating effectively with people with mental illness from diverse communities, some of which include the African American, Asian, Filipino, and Hispanic/Latino communities.
  • Understanding of medical issues of consumers of behavioral health services.
  • Interested in modeling and promoting a healthy lifestyle for people with serious mental illness.
  • Committed to learning, following directions from supervisor/team lead, and working collaboratively with other colleagues on the team.

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis.  Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra-help workers are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the extra-help assignment.

Driver License: Minimum knowledge of and skill in using public transportation. Some positions require possession of a class C California driver license or the ability to provide suitable transportation, as approved by the appointing authority.

Language Requirement:  Ability to speak, read, and write fluently in both English and Spanish is required.

Experience and Education:  Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way of gaining the knowledge and skills is experience which has provided first-hand knowledge of the problems, needs, attitudes, and behavior patterns of the community served.

Knowledge of: Problems, needs, attitudes and behavior patterns of the community served; resources, residents and problems of the area served. 

Skill/Ability to: Exercise good judgment and tact; relate and communicate effectively with members of the community served; and function as a team member and to benefit from supervision and training; interpret agency programs and policies to members of the community served; and analyze problems, formulate plans and put them into effect with a minimum of supervision.
If you are interested in being considered for one of these extra help positions, the following materials must be electronically submitted in a Word or PDF format.
  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • Responses to these supplemental questions:

1. Possession of a class C California driver license is required for this position, as the individual will provide health education and presentation off-site at various locations and treatment centers.  Do you possess a class C California driver license?
Yes or No?

2. What lived experiences have prepared you to provide support and mentoring to consumers of behavioral health services?

3. Describe your experience working with diverse communities, including any experience working with the African American, Asian, Filipino, and Hispanic/Latino communities. Include your role, your responsibilities, and the persons/clients with whom you worked.

4. Describe your interest and life experience in promoting healthy lifestyles in the areas of nutrition, exercise and medical self-care.

5. Describe your experience working in a primary care or medical office setting. Include any experience as a nurse assistant, home health aide, and helping people obtain benefits.

6. Fluency in Spanish is required for this position.  (You will be disqualified from this recruitment if you are not bilingual.)  Please answer if you are Bilingual Spanish.

Yes or No

Please include the words "Peer Wellness Coach Community Worker II-Spanish Speaking Required-Extra Help Position" in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Please submit the above listed materials via email to:
Shirley Chu, Supervising Mental Health Clinician

Apply immediately. Resumés will be accepted until the positions are filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. 
NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (responses to supplemental questions, writing sample, graphic design sample(s) and a resume) will not be considered.
The County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the timeframe will disqualify you from the rest of the process. Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.
Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: behavioral health, health education, wellness, Spanish speaking, peer support, diversity, self care, primary care

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