Position Description

Education/Vocational Specialist (Bilingual in Spanish preferred)
Location Visalia
Requisition Number 2658
# of openings 1
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Title: Education/Vocational Specialist  

2 housing locations Visalia and Porterville


The Transitional Housing Program serves adolescents from foster care or probation, starting at age 18-24. 

Transitional housing provides youth with the opportunity to try, fail and learn new methods of living in an apartment within the community while having a supportive safety net. The staff provides supervision and comprehensive services on various life skills (budgeting, job skills, accessing education and health care, household management, etc.) at the client’s apartment or in the community. The program helps participants pursue their academic, employment and housing goals so they may achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.

Classification: Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $18.73-$25.28 Actual offers will be determined by the candidate’s creditable years of experience in conjunction with internal equity considerations and based on the organization’s current compensation practices.

Job Code: 463

Job Summary

Works within the vision, mission, and philosophy of the agency. Provides assistance in helping students complete their vocational and educational goals and requirements, accessing community resources, facilitating educational/vocational activities, educating clients and families on graduation requirements, and supporting preparations for job and career development. Is responsible for assisting students with their study and rehabilitation skills in an effort to help them meet their education and career goals.

Essential Duties

1. Assesses students’ interests, talents, aptitude, abilities, and personality characteristics for the purpose of vocational and educational planning to help youth establish appropriate academic and career goals.

2. Collects, organizes, and analyzes student information through records, tests, interviews, and professional sources to provide educational and vocational guidance and counseling.

3. Provides educational and vocational support and guidance in helping students with their education and vocational plans.

4. Attends and advocates for school services for the student at Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or other meetings.

5. Compiles and studies occupational, educational, and economic information to aid students in making and carrying out educational and vocational objectives.

6. Assists individuals to understand and overcome social and emotional problems impacting their educational and vocational objectives.

7. Attends, supports, and advocates for students and family members in academic and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings.

8. Refers students to placement services and other educational and vocational community resources.

9. Educates students about competitive work opportunities and offers direct placement services as appropriate to skill level and personal needs.

10. Provides long term job coaching for students to assist in work stability and retention.

11. Serves as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing assessment of student’s capabilities, and reporting the status of work and educational goals.

12. Provides expertise, knowledge, and information to the multidisciplinary team in areas related to work and educational trends, employment models, educational services, student profiles, and demographic data as appropriate.

13. Serves as part of the on-call team, fulfilling all work requirements of the program.

14. Provides transportation to students as needed.

15. Employee is required to meet applicable productivity and documentation requirements. 


16. Driving to appointments with clients and their families or other key contacts.

17. Physical interactions with children of variable ages such as, but not limited to, games, sports and other activities.

Education and Experience Requirements

• Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS) -in related field preferred

•  Minimum of two (2) years of directly related experience.


Speak, read, and/or write another language preferred.

Other Specific Requirements

• Must pass Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Child Abuse Index Check (CAIC) background clearance, if applicable.

• Valid California Driver's license with two years’ experience driving and clean driving record may be required.

Work Environment/Conditions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

In addition this position requires sitting, standing, walking, bending and kneeling.

Employee Statement of Understanding

I have read and understand the job description for my position. I am able to perform all of the essential functions of this position. I agree to successfully complete all required training indicated for this position. I agree to keep all of my required certifications and licenses current and up to date and provide proper documentation of the same to the Human Resources Department. I agree to comply with all Agency policies and procedures. I agree to comply with the agency compliance plan and all laws, rules, regulations and standards of conduct relating to my position. As an employee, I understand my duty to report any suspected violations of the law or the standards of conduct to my immediate supervisor. As an employee, I will strive to uphold the mission and vision of the organization. All employees are required to adhere to the values in all their interactions with youth and families and fellow employees.

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