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Case Manager / Employment Specialist, Bilingual (4337)  (Temporary, Full-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: StepForward North Inland (Escondido)

(Bilingual Spanish) Case Manager / Employment Specialist (Temporary) – Mental Health Services for CalWORKs Program

Hours: 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  This is a hybrid position that combines elements of both Case Management and Employment Specialist duties. The duration of this temporary position is approximately 3 months, depending on program needs.  This is a benefitted position.




Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!  Our accredited programs reach various demographics, so you can gain experience with almost any sector of mental health services.

At CRF, we are constantly evolving and developing fresh approaches to meet the needs of San Diego County’s residents who are experiencing mental/behavioral health challenges.  For you, that means that you will have opportunities to learn new ways to provide optimal supports to your clients.  You will work within a collaborative, supportive team structure so that you can have fresh perspective and training.  Need clinical supervision?  We can help you get your hours.  Best of all, you will be involved in helping people change their lives for the better!

We have strong internal advancement options, so there are opportunities for you to grow within our company. Come join us!





Program Overview:

Located in Escondido, CA, Step Forward North Inland is a CalWORKs program that provides a full range of behavioral health services to assist individuals to overcome challenges and reduce barriers that may affect their ability to successfully move from welfare to work.  Services are provided to adults and their families in a caring and respectful atmosphere, encouraging independence, initiative, and recovery. CalWORKs BHC provides excellent training in the Mental Health field with strong emphasis in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Motivational Interviewing.

Typical Duties of the Case Manager / Employment Specialist:

This is a hybrid position that combines elements of both Case Management and Employment Specialist duties.

  • Conducts needs assessments of new/returning clients; performs collateral interviews.
  • Assist clients and families with SSI applications, obtaining housing, child care, medical/dental appointments, and completing any other forms and applications as needed
  • Assist clients with transportation, including how to use public transportation, learning routes, or providing rides.
  • Provide individual and group psychosocial services and activities for clients and/or members of client’s family.
  • Conducts employment assessments and assists clients in linkage to school, volunteering, or employment opportunities.
  • Works with various businesses and agencies in the community to build relationships for the purpose of job development; helps clients build employer contacts.
  • Attends community meetings related to vocational services
  • Assists clients with developing educational, employment or vocational goals; continually monitor progress towards goals and supports client’s efforts toward self-sufficiency.
  • Leads clients in employment readiness and employment support groups.
  • Ensures services are in compliance with Work First philosophy.
  • Develops relationships with Social Security Administration, Department of Rehabilitation, Employment Development Department, and other related resources for job development.
  • Educates team members on vocational services so that they may increase the quality of services to clients.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bilingual Spanish is required for this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree in mental health related field preferred but combination of experience, skills, and education will be considered in lieu of education.
  • Minimum two years’ experience assisting hard-to-serve populations such as severe mental illness, severe emotional disorder, substance use disorder, and Welfare-to-Work clients.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in Spanish is strongly preferred
  • Experience working with people from the Latino community and other cultural / multi-cultural backgrounds is strongly preferred.
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • A valid California driver’s license in good standing and eligibility to be an approved CRF driver is required to fulfill the essential functions of this position. In addition, proof of insurance is required prior to driving personal vehicles on company business.
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance


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