The County of San Mateo's Human Services Agency is seeking qualified Shelter Care Counselors. The Shelter Care Counselor classification includes Shelter Care Counselor and Family Care Worker assignments within the Human Services Agency Children and Family Services Branch. Candidates hired as a Shelter Care Counselor can be assigned to either assignment interchangeably. There are currently 18 extra help/relief Shelter Care Counselor vacancies.
Shelter Care Counselors provide guidance, assistance, supervision and direction to youth who have experienced severe or repeated trauma in their lives, and require emergency shelter care at the County's Dependent Children's Receiving Home. The Receiving Home is an emergency residential shelter for children who have been removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect. The SCC will oversee the behavior, security, health and welfare of the shelter residents. The SCC assist in maintaining a positive environment and in establishing achievable goals within the residence and encourage youth to take responsibility for their behavior. They provide an appropriate adult role model for residents and provide group and individual direction using limit setting and sound judgment. This classification is also responsible to perform the duties of the Family Care Worker position.
Family Care Workers provide support to Social Workers in delivering court ordered or voluntary services to families involved in the Child Welfare system. The Family Care Worker (FCW) assists in supervised parent/sibling visits, unannounced and home visits that teach parenting skills, positive discipline, home organization and budgeting. This classification is also responsible for on call emergency assistance, purchases, community resources, transportation and Shelter Care Counselor duties.
Ideal candidates will have:
Experience dealing effectively with diverse youth, parents and private/public agencies and establishing rapport with children and their families in working towards effective goals and solutions.
Possession of excellent organizational and written/oral communication skills.
Knowledge of parenting skills, family engagement techniques, Crisis Prevention and management of assaulted behavior.
Knowledge of the strength-based approach in working with families is preferred.
Spanish Speaking preferred.
The job operates on a 24/7 schedule and workers may work weekends/holidays.
A typical way to qualify is:
Shelter Care Counselor I: Eighteen units in any of the following areas: Psychology, Sociology, Counseling, Child Development or related fields and eighteen months experience working with children or families or related work experience with families in their own homes.
Shelter Care Counselor II: Eighteen months of experience providing advice, assistance, supervision and direction to dependent and neglected adolescent age children or providing services, monitoring, supervision and assessment of children and their families whose cases are assigned to Child Welfare Social Workers.
San Mateo County was formed in April 1856 out of the southern portion of then-San Francisco County with a population of fewer than 5,000 people and little in the way of commerce. Today, more than 758,000 people call San Mateo County home and it stretches the boundary of Silicon Valley northward. Innovation thrives here in industries including bioscience, computer software, green technology, hospitality, financial management, health care, education and transportation. The County prides itself on how that prosperity fosters its commitment to protecting and enhancing the health, safety, welfare and natural resources of the community.
Within its 455 square miles bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and San Francisco Bay to the east, the County is known for its mild climate and scenic vistas. Nearly three quarters of the county is open space and agriculture remains a vital contributor to our economy and culture.
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