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Case Manager / Employment Specialist (5369)  (Regular Full-Time, Hourly)
Program/Location: StepForward South (Chula Vista)

Case Manager / Employment Specialist – Mental Health Services for CalWORKs Program

Hours: 40 hours per week; Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.



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.  

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.

Typical Duties of the Case Manager / Employment Specialist  

  • Works closely with various providers in the region or system to facilitate access to CalWORKs services for those identified as the target population to be served.
  • Conducts initial needs assessment of new clients and/or returning clients. Utilize standard online career exploration assessments.
  • Assists clients and families with SSI applications, obtaining housing, finding child care, arranging medical and dental appointments, and completing any needed applications and forms.
  • Assists clients with educational and vocational goals; conducts employment assessments and assists clients in linkage to school, volunteering, or employment opportunities.
  • Leads clients in employment readiness and employment support groups.
  • Assists the client in developing and achieving service plan/vocational goals, prioritizing areas of need, and steps needed to reach goals established, as well as identified areas of strength
  • Continually monitors progress towards goals and supports client’s efforts toward self-sufficiency.
  • Works with various businesses and agencies in the community to build relationships for purposes of job development; assists clients in developing employer contacts, a career plan or career advancement plan and job support systems.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in mental health related field
  • Minimum 1 year experience or equivalent training serving hard-to-place populations
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish preferred
  • Intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office; ability to learn new software applications
  • Previous experience in a similar mental health program serving the population is desirable
  • 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
  • Must be able to pass criminal/background clearance



Benefits: CRF provides benefits to help you balance your work life and your personal life. For full-time staff (30 hours or more), we offer...

  • 19 days of PTO per year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • “Platinum +” medical plans, with minimal employee cost/expenses for you and excellent coverage
  • Several dental plan options
  • Vision benefits
  • Company-paid life insurance and Long-Term Disability
  • Tax-Free Flexible Spending for medical/dental/childcare expenses
  • Generous retirement plan contributions
  • Employee Assistance Plan for you and your family
  • Employee discount program, including pet insurance plans
  • Paid training and supervision hours are available
  • Opportunities for advancement and growth
  • We also provide access to student loan repayment/forgiveness programs for graduates



All new hires are required to show proof of completed vaccination and booster before their first date of work, unless legally exempted




We are an Equal Opportunity Employer












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CRF is an equal opportunity employer, and we make employment decisions based on merit. Our policy prohibits unlawful discrimination and/or harassment of any individual because of that individual's sex, race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical handicap, disability, sexual orientation, protected military status, or medical condition, as well as other categories protected by federal, state and local law. All such discrimination is unlawful and prohibited and will not be tolerated by CRF.

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.