Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Employment Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-Oceanside
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    North Coastal ACT is an intensive and all-inclusive community based program serving adults diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. The program includes psychiatric medication management, housing, employment, case management and peer support services  to assist clients with the rehabilitation and recovery goals. 


    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick for eligible employees.

    Position Description

    The Employment Specialist is an active member of the multi-disciplinary team and actively assists clients in developing employment skills as well as collaborating with community partners to place clients in part-time and full time employment. 



    • Actively promotes an integrated, regional system of care by participating in committees, on interagency teams, and by attending meetings related to the field of employment. 
    • Advocates for clients as needed to ensure work success. 
    • Educates clients about competitive work opportunities, assessing interest/work needs as indicated. 
    • Offers direct placement of clients in positions appropriate to skill level and personal needs. 
    • Provides expertise to the team in areas related to work trends, employment models, potential employer profiles, and demographic data as needed. Provides long-term job coaching for clients to assist in work stability and retention. 
    • Serves as ongoing support to clients, including providing information and education to family members and other support persons. 
    • Serves as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing assessment of clients’ capacities and updates regarding work status. 
    • Works Primarily in the Field. 
    • Conducts groups and one on one coaching and education. 
    • Carries a caseload. 
    • Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of this program component. Provides services after-hours as required by contract. Serves in a consultative capacity to other service providers, both intra-agency and interagency, to promote the supported employment model. 
    • Collects necessary client demographic data and enters it in appropriate program software. 
    • Maintains a daily log of client contacts. 
    • Provides information about the program to community agencies connected to the mental health services system in order to educate them about the program.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in human services preferred.
    • A minimum of 2 years experience working with SMI adults.
    • A clean driving record and a reliable vehicle.
    • Excellent writing skills.
    • Fluency in English required; fluency in Spanish or other threshold language preferred.


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