Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on August 15, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The Human Services Agency is seeking a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II/III. This position is a fully experienced journey/advanced journey level class in the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor series. The incumbent has a full caseload, which includes individuals with severe emotional disabilities and serious vocational deficiencies, and performing a complete range of counseling and placement services using accepted vocational rehabilitation principles and techniques. The duties may include but are not limited to: interviewing clients, evaluating skills and job readiness, analyzing medical information, vocational case management, report writing and charting client progress and developing a vocational rehabilitation plan to assist Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) clients into securing and maintaining employment.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
  • Two years of experience providing vocational and supportive counseling to assist clients with overcoming barriers to vocational success.
  • Two years of experience evaluating work skills and work capacities to assist clients with formulating vocational plans.
  • Two years of experience working with diverse populations including people who were previously experiencing homelessness, people with mental health disabilities, people in alcohol and drug recovery programs, formerly incarcerated individuals and others with disabilities and/or barriers to employment.
  • Experience collaborating/conferring with treatment providers, including case managers, Department of Rehabilitation staff, and medical personnel.
  • Experience facilitating vocational groups.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret medical, social, psychological and educational data to develop an action plan based on that data.
  • Ability to administer and evaluate vocational tests.
  • Knowledge of social security regulations as well as other benefits programs to provide benefits counseling to individuals including work incentives.
  • Ability to follow complex policies and administrative procedures.
  • A thorough working knowledge and demonstrated skill in vocational rehabilitation counseling principles and technique.
  • Creative problem solving skills with ability to look "outside the box" and be action-oriented.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as computer literate.

Note: Extra-help assignments are at-will and the employee is 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.


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 for a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor II is one year of basic experience in counseling and job placement of vocationally handicapped adults and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor III is three years of experience performing journey level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor duties.

Knowledge of: Principles and objectives of vocational rehabilitation counseling; Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards and requirements; skills, traits and abilities needed in a wide variety of occupations; private and public programs serving the unemployed; laws regulating employment and employer-employee relations; unions and apprenticeship programs; social service programs and regulations; standardized vocational aptitude and interest tests; social and psychological problems of disabled persons; basics of psychology, sociology and economics in relationship to employment and counseling of the handicapped; elements of mental illness and approved treatment methods; basic medical and psychiatric conditions related to the rehabilitation process; community organizations and resources including agencies involved in job placement, vocational rehabilitation and work training; employment and labor market trends; principles and techniques of interviewing.

Skill/Ability to: Interpret laws and regulations; follow complex policies and administrative procedures; interview and counsel vocationally handicapped individuals; plan and direct rehabilitation services programs for clients; apply principles of rehabilitation counseling; analyze and interpret medical, social, psychological and educational data to develop an action plan based on that data; relate to and establish good working relationships with clients from diverse educational, social and cultural backgrounds; analyze and interpret test and work evaluation data; motivate clients to undertake and achieve vocational rehabilitation; write comprehensive reports and maintain records and train counseling personnel.


This is an extra-help recruitment. Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. The Human Services Agency screen materials after the recruitment closes. The Human Services Agency will contact qualified candidates directly for a departmental interview.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.?

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 Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

 Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.?

Final Date for Filing: TBD
Departmental Interviews: TBD

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Analyst: Arlene Cahill (072518) (Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor III)

Keywords: HSA, human services, counselor, counseling, rehab, client services

Application Instructions

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