MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
FULL-TIME (1.0 FTE)
PERMANENT TENURE TRACK POSITION
MAY FILL MORE THAN ONE POSITION FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: JANUARY 5, 2021 BY MIDNIGHT, PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.
To apply for this position, please visit our career site at: https://peraltaccd.peopleadmin.com/postings/5242
The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, veterans status, status with regards to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.
Laney College is one of four, two-year colleges, maintained by the Peralta Community College District, located near the urban center of Oakland. The 60-acre campus is located near the Oakland Museum, the Henry J. Kaiser Center Convention Center, and within blocks of Lake Merritt. It is the largest of the four campuses with a population of 12,000 students. The College serves as a community and cultural center that provides various educational programs and services that assist adults of diverse communities in facing the social, economic, and personal challenges of a changing society.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provides direct services and clinical care including mental health assessment, treatment, and education;
• Develops and plans a Mental Health Services Program and coordinates Health Services activities such as:
• • • • Personal, emotional, and crisis counseling and clinical care of students with mental health needs
• • • • Mental Health services outreach activities,
• • • • Trainee, practicum, and Internship programs
• • • • Wellness education and training
• Monitors the clinical practice according to Health Services and College and District policies and procedures, as well as applicable County, State, and Federal regulations, licenses, and standards to ensure compliance and the quality of care provided in the student health services program;
• Maintains a secure, accessible system of confidential medical and mental health records in accordance with applicable standards of practice and State and Federal laws;
• Supervises and trains graduate or post-graduate level trainees or interns;
works with the Campus Crisis Committee intervention services, training, and response;
• Provides education and consultation to faculty, staff, and administrators with concerns about student mental health issues;
• Represents Wellness Services on college and district committees;
• Participates in outreach and promotion of campus wellness services;
• Conducts workshops for students related to health, stress, and mental health related topics;
• Prepare reports, surveys, and other documents as required by the area administrator;
• Conducts on going evaluation of programs, staff and student workers;
• Provides liaison with the college administration, faculty, and staff regarding Health Services issues and concerns;
• Provides and/or organizes in-serve training for faculty and staff regarding the needs of students with mental health issues;
• Serves as liaison to campus and/or community agencies, including referral to campus or community agencies and follow-up services;
• May represent the college in District and in State Health Services activities;
• May represent Health Services on campus and at District committee meetings;
• Keeps current with trends and developments in the field through appropriate literature, conferences, and other information sources;
• Performs other related duties as assigned by the college.
Schedule may include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment. Faculty are expected to use and keep abreast of advanced methods, including the use of current and future technologies, to support student learning and career objectives.
Faculty are also responsible for providing a full professional service week that may include, but is not limited to:
• Maintenance of office hours;
• Performing departmental duties such as program and curriculum development, evaluation and revision, and selecting appropriate program materials, and working with administrators and other faculty to develop a comprehensive pre-collegiate program;
• Participation in professional activities such as departmental and campus committee work, faculty peer evaluations, staff meetings and participation in the governance structure of the College and District;
• Pursuing professional growth activities to remain current;
• Performing professional outreach activities (e.g., working with administrators and other faculty, as part of course development and depending on need, by participating in an industry advisory committee for a program, working with inter-segmental education partners—such as high school, adult school and other colleges—and industry partners to design and implement effective basic skills curricula and career pathways in the discipline, etc.); and
• Performing other related duties as assigned by the College.
1. Possession of a Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Guidance Counseling, Educational Counseling, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Marriage, Family and Child Counseling or Career Development;
2. Possession of a current, valid California license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Professional Clinical Counselor, or Psychologist.
3. May submit a fully satisfied lifetime California Community College Credential as a Mental Health Specialist/Counselor.
(California credentials were no longer issued after July 1, 1990).
4. The equivalent qualifications.
(Candidates who claim equivalency must provide conclusive evidence, as clear and reliable on the college transcripts as required on the District Equivalency Application Form. Refer to the Equivalency Procedures below. This is not a process to waive the minimum qualifications.)
5. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.
• Doctorate (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in Counseling or Clinical Psychology or MSW.
• Experience in providing psychological services (individual and group) in college/university counseling center setting.
• Competency in group psychotherapy and outreach programming.
• Ability to interact effectively with students, administrators, faculty, and staff.
• Knowledge of the unique mental health issues of diverse clients, including individuals from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds, individuals representing varying sexual orientations, and international students.
• The ability to deal with serious and sensitive issues in a highly confidential manner.
• The skills to build relationships and trust across a wide range of constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, and parents.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• A strong commitment to advancing diversity.
• The ability to work independently, and cooperatively as a member of a college team.
• Advanced knowledge and training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
• Knowledge of the State of California Rules and Statutes.
• May be required to work evening and/or weekend hours for crisis response, appointments or special events.
A selection committee will review and evaluate applications to select a limited number of candidates for interview. Meeting minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the candidate an interview.
Those candidates who are selected for an interview may be required to give a demonstration and submit training material (handouts) on a pre-assigned topic.
The District may fill more than one opening for qualified applicants.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement but believe they possess the equivalent, must submit an Equivalency Application Form including full supporting documentation and mail to the Human Resources Department (This is separate from the online application process). The Equivalency Application Form may be downloaded from our website, www.peralta.edu, in the Human Resources area.
Note: Denial by the Equivalency Committee is final and cannot be re-opened for this announced position. If an applicant applies for an additional position in the same discipline that is subsequently announced, the applicant may submit an Equivalency Application Form by the application deadline date, requesting a new equivalency determination only if additional evidence is submitted for consideration.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), tenure track position. 175 Contract Days Each Academic Year. May include evening or weekend hours as part of contract assignment. The annual salary range upon entry is $54,976- $74,251. Initial salary placement is commensurate with experience and educational background.
The Peralta Colleges proudly offer a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:
• Medical, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*
• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.
• Long-term disability coverage.
• Employee Assistance Program
In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 12.58% of your salary to the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS). Effective
January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalSTRS. Specific information regarding the changes can be found at http://www.calstrs.com/post/frequently-asked-questions-ab-340-public-employees-pension-reform-act-2013. For further up to date information on CalSTRS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at www.calstrs.com. The CalSTRS member handbook is available at http://www.calstrs.com/calstrs-member-handbook.
After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65. Other benefits include 10 days sick leave, and holidays.
Other voluntary benefits include:
• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125).
• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132).
• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans.
• Credit union membership.
• Prepaid legal plan participation.
• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children.
*Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution.
*Subject to change.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:
REQUIRED FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
Tuberculosis Examination: Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days. The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.
As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.
Immigration Requirement: According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:
A citizen or national of the United States;
An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or
An alien authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.
All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
District Policy: A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process. The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.
Agency Shop Requirement: This position is covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, which includes an agency shop provision. This provision requires that, as a condition of employment, a new employee must either become a member of the union or pay a service fee to the union.
MAY BE REQUIRED
Medical Examination: Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment. Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.
The Peralta Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
In conformance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for Reasonable Accommodations may be made to the Office of Human Resources by calling (510) 466-7283.
The Peralta Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position.