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Case Manager / Employment Specialist, Bilingual (5086)  (Regular Full-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: StepForward South (Chula Vista)

Case Manager / Employment Specialist (Bilingual Spanish) – 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 essential duties of both the Case Management and Employment Specialist roles.

In order to create a workplace that meets maximum health and safety standards, CRF follows all mandated COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines as outlined by the State of California, San Diego County, and the CDC.  All new hires are required to show proof of completed vaccination before their first date of work, unless legally exempted



Community Research Foundation (CRF) inspires and mentors the next generation of mental health professionals!

Step Forward programs at Community Research Foundation (CRF) are all about helping adults gain recovery and self-sufficiency by addressing underlying barriers to employment, housing, and healthy relationships.  Our counselors guide participants who struggle with mental health issues, substance use problems, domestic violence and trauma, parenting challenges, and employment readiness.

We provide life skill training, supports, and coaching in a positive and encouraging environment.  You will work within a collaborative, supportive team structure so that you can have fresh perspective and training.  Best of all, you will be involved in helping people change their lives for the better! 


Program Overview:

Located in Chula Vista, CA, Step Forward South provides a full range of behavioral health services for CalWORKs/Welfare-to-Work participants and their families.  We work on reducing barriers toward employment, and we help parents and guardians to become self-sufficient and thrive.  Services are provided for adults and their families in a caring and respectful atmosphere, encouraging independence, initiative, and recovery.

Step Forward 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.
  • 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, proof of insurance, and personal vehicle are required to fulfill the essential functions of this position.
  • Ability to pass criminal/background clearance


Your well-being matters at CRF! Regular full-time eligible employees have access to great benefits:

  • Up to 3 ½ weeks of paid time off per year
  • 11 Paid Holidays per year
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, and other health and wellness benefits
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Retirement plan with generous employer contributions
  • Graduates: You may qualify for our student loan/repayment/forgiveness programs!



Be a part of our vibrant non-profit organization and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve!

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Diversity at CRF
CRF is committed to cultural competence, and we have established the Cultural Diversity Resource Team (CDRT) whose mission and tasks include ensuring that all our corporate practices are culturally sensitive to both our consumers and employees. The CDRT has developed a company-wide Cultural Diversity Plan and is responsible for creating and offering cultural and ethnic awareness, knowledge, and skills trainings throughout the year.
Cultural Competency training is required of all of our staff, not just those providing clinical services, on an annual basis. It is our pledge to provide behavioral health and psychosocial rehabilitative services that are culturally sensitive to those we serve.