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Wellness Specialist, Community Health Engagement

Employer
California State University, Monterey Bay
Location
California, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jan 17, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wellness Specialist, Community Health Engagement

Classification:
Department Name: Health Sciences & Human Servcs
Job Number: FP2022-769
Status: Open Until Filled
Priority Screening Date: 02/04/2022
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled

Position Description:
Wellness Specialist Community Health and Engagement (CHE) The position is full-time with benefits and depends on grant funds, which expire on October 14, 2022. There will be multiple concerted efforts to seek additional funding in the interim.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated to the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a nonprofit 501©(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation's mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State Population. The University Corporation at Monterey is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Wellness Specialist ensures that CHE clients and participants in Project Roomkey (PRK), especially those without supportive services, can access or continue to access health and wellness services such as medical, dental, and behavioral health in Monterey County. Also, this position will provide a range of care coordination services to clients exiting out of PRK and transitioning into stable housing situations so that they can retain access to health and wellness services up to 12 months after moving into housing. This position is under the direct supervision of the Wellness Supervisor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Respond to referrals submitted by CHE case managers or PRK coordinators within 24 hours or less, depending on the participant's needs and circumstances.
  • Help clients, in consultation with their medical providers, to develop and adhere to a care management plan.
  • Support clients in completing referrals (e.g., Primary Care Physician, Behavioral Health, dental, and other specialty services).
  • Help clients establish a medical home (i.e., primary care provider) for those who do not already have one.
  • Assist clients with scheduling and attending healthcare appointments, including delivering appointment reminders and accompanying clients, either in-person or via telehealth.
  • Work with PRK Coordinator to arrange transportation to healthcare appointments.
  • Assist clients with completion and renewal and eligibility benefits to help clients enroll and remain enrolled in health coverage; Provide information on health and community resources to clients.
  • Provide participants with appropriate coping tools and strategies to address individual events to respond appropriately and supports their housing goals.
  • Assist participants in recognizing the triggers that could impact their decision-making which may prohibit them from reaching their housing goals.
  • Assist participants in understanding their emotions and learn techniques to normalize behaviors and responses.
  • Use Trauma-Informed Care to support the participants and reduce their barriers towards housing goals.
  • Use conflict resolutions and relationship-building techniques to manage situations impacting participants' housing goals.
  • Teach emotional regulation through cognitive-behavioral strategies to de-escalate difficult situations.
  • Assist participants in developing a wellness plan that includes warning signs, emergency support contacts, emergency service agency contact, and coping strategies to de-escalate the source of distress. Reassess the wellness plan periodically and follow up with recommendations for changes.
  • Facilitate groups and life skills classes to optimize participants' health and wellness.
  • Connect and coordinate with service provides who will further assist the participants with their housing needs.
  • Use motivational interviewing techniques to help participants find the motivation to change the behaviors to increase their chance of meeting their housing goals.
  • Work collaboratively with participants to develop their own housing goals.
  • Work with the participants will be done in an empathic, culturally sensitive manner.



Other Functions:
  • Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned
  • Must be able to come to work when scheduled even in bad weather

Work Environment: In-personOffice Location: 21 Soledad Street, Salinas, CA
The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community. All CSUMB/University Corporation employees must be fully vaccinated, including booster (when eligible), against COVID-19, unless they are exempt from this requirement because an exemption has been granted based on a medical contraindication or sincerely held religious beliefs. Fully vaccinated means that an individual has received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization or full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that it has been at least two weeks since the final recommended dose. All students, faculty, and staff who have not been vaccinated and received a booster must test weekly beginning February 4, 2022. See: The California State University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Must have a working understanding of Psychiatric Disorders and expertise and ability to implement the following evidence-based models: Harm Reduction, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Strength-based Case Management, and Motivational Interviewing;
  • Possess an understanding of and practice cultural sensitivity through open dialogue and self-exploration with diverse groups while providing direct services;
  • Intervene effectively in crises with de-escalation techniques;
  • Ability to adapt to unexpected events, delays, or changes or in the work environment; manage demands and prioritize tasks;
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft applications, social media, and internet software; ability to synthesize complex data and use intuition and experience to complement existing information;
  • Consistently arrive on time and work as scheduled; work evenings and Saturday shifts as needed;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak effectively before clients, staff; visitors, students, and volunteers; write correspondence and routine reports;
  • Good problem-solving skills; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary and transfer learned experiences from past events to new events with similar situations;
  • Ability to complete duties with accuracy and articulate ideas to improve and promote quality in work. Constructively apply feedback to enhance performance;
  • Ability to treat clients with kindness while being able to enforce rules;
  • Ability to work in an environment where clients are sometimes intoxicated, inconsistent in their behavior, and wary of service technicians;
  • Ability to approach clients with an awareness and acceptance of the gender, cultural, racial, social, sexual, and economic contexts within their lives;
  • Capable of dealing with ambiguous situations (ethical dilemmas); ability to seek consultation and feedback from supervisors and colleagues to advance skills in providing services;
  • Ability to regularly stand and walk; actively listen and talk; frequently lift to 25 pounds, push, pull, carry, reach, and grasp, occasionally stoop and kneel; see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • BSW/BA or Masters in Social Work or Psychology from an accredited university.
  • At least two years of experience working with individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders.


Specialized Skills:


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with the homeless population or street outreach
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CSUMB’s Vision


Special Conditions of Employment:
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.

University Corporation at Monterey Bay positions are “at-will” employment.

A valid California driver’s license is required. Reliable transportation is required.

The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community. All CSUMB/University Corporation employees must be fully vaccinated, including booster (when eligible), against COVID-19, unless they are exempt from this requirement because an exemption has been granted based on a medical contraindication or sincerely held religious beliefs. Fully vaccinated means that an individual has received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization or full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that it has been at least two weeks since the final recommended dose. All students, faculty, and staff who have not been vaccinated and received a booster must test weekly beginning February 4, 2022. See: The California State University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Compensation and Benefits:
The University Corporation is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students, and the customers we serve. The hourly rate for this position is $30. This is a non-exempt position and as such is eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing: https://csumb.edu/corporation/employee-housing
Although CSUMB is located in a high-cost housing area, Schoonover Park rental homes are affordably priced. Monthly rent rates include cable television, garbage service, and sewer. Convenient floorplans, attractive interior appointments, and numerous community amenities make Schoonover Park Rental Homes an exceptional value. Schoonover Park is near the main campus, yet a tranquil world away. The community lies nestled in the secluded beauty of rolling coastal hills three miles east of campus. Living in one of the most desirable areas of California, you will enjoy the natural splendor and cultural abundance of the Monterey Peninsula. Quality of life begins with your home in Schoonover Park, and extends through every aspect of your California coastal lifestyle.

How to Apply:
To apply, visit https://csumb.peopleadmin.com/postings/6701

A completed online application and resume must be received by the University Corporation Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above to be guaranteed a review. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.
For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389, or TTD (800) 735 2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Service Center - first floor ( map). For additional campus information visit CSUMB.edu. For information regarding the University Corporation visit https://csumb.edu/corporation/.
The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.
The Corporation hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at https://csumb.edu/clery.
CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability. jeid-3f2ebad933caa141b9dddd90c18bd1e7
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