This is a full-time, contractual position
The Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative (PGSMHI) within the Department of Psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Division) is currently seeking a Community Outreach Worker II. Under general supervision, the successful candidate will work in the Prince George’s County Public Schools to provide moderately complex community outreach services.
This position may require some evening hours.
Ø Support and/or accompany students in planned activities and assists in monitoring progress. Assist students in orderly, safe and efficient transition between activities with attention to special student needs.
Ø Provides crisis intervention through individual counseling, providing basic health education, assisting clients with accessing various social services, and referring clients to alternate care facilities. Provides support to the mental health clinicians as needed.
Ø Conducts initial assessment in order to determine individual client needs.
Ø Speaks before neighborhood groups and attends community meetings to establish communication and rapport; to promote services; and assist in resolving problems facing the community. Prepares and distributes informational literature. Communicates and works collaboratively with staff, students, family members, medical providers, and community agencies to meet student goals.
Ø Participates in the evaluation of materials and methods designed to meet the educational needs of the client community. Assists with record keeping and outcomes monitoring.
Ø May provide guidance and training over other outreach workers.
Ø Performs all of the duties of a Community Outreach Worker I; transports families to/from appointments at community agencies and schools.
Ø Conducts other duties as necessary to coordinate services for clients.
Note: The intent of this list of primary duties is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this job. Incumbents perform other related duties assigned. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs.
Ø High school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, or related field preferred.
Ø Two years in community outreach, health care, research, and/or social services. Bilingual applicants (who have the ability to read, write, and speak Spanish) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Ø Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
Conditions of Employment: Employees in this job class may be required to use their personal automobile while conducting official business and possess a valid Maryland Non-commercial Class C or Commercial Class B Driver’s License (CDL). Candidates selected for employment may be subjected to medical inquiries and/or medical examination to determine ability to perform the job. Employees in this job class may be required to successfully pass a police background check.
ü General knowledge of community and/or social service resources and programs.
ü Skill in conducting interviews and assessing client needs.
ü Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
ü Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
ü Ability to operate computers and other office equipment.
ü Ability to write reports and maintain records.
ü Ability to work in extreme weather conditions.
ü Ability to perform extensive standing and walking.
ü Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion and tact.
ü Ability to interact with the public, health care providers, community organizations, and social service agencies.
ü Ability to maintain poise and courtesy under pressure.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
Original Posting: 11/16/12
Filing Deadline: 11/23/12
If accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-7171, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.