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In the Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Mental Health, or at correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services, to supervise the vocational training programs in the developmental centers, State hospitals, or correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services. This includes planning, organizing, implementing, and supervising the programs in both facility and community-based settings.
This class is distinguished from the Supervisor, Vocational Services, by the custody requirements imposed by the criminal nature of the forensic client, patient, or inmate population and the security features of the facility.
Plans, organizes, implements, and supervises facilitywide work training programs that include a continuum of services ranging from programs for forensic clients, patients, or inmates having complete vocation dysfunction to supported and competitive employment in the community; monitors a facilitywide vocational assessment process evaluating individual vocational abilities, work interests, present and future employment options, and recommendations for service; assists in maintaining liaisons with community agencies such as regional centers, community service groups, and other agencies interested in employing the disabled; monitors facilities compliance in the vocational area with the standards of various regulatory and accrediting agencies; integrates the vocational program with the overall functions of the facilities and community agencies; selects staff; assures that staff are adequately trained in production/job coaching techniques and facility-mandated training; monitors the program evaluation process; monitors records of all monies disbursed and received through Vocational Services; provides supervisory direction and leadership to a variety of staff, including rehabilitation therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatric technicians, vocational resource specialists, automotive equipment operators, and student assistants and youth aids; and observes and intervenes in instances of disruptive or assaultive behavior.
Assists staff in the counting, distribution, and accounting for all utensils to prevent their use as weapons; inspecting facility to identify security breaches that could lead to forensic client, patient, or inmate escape; and observing and intervening in forensic client, patient, or inmate behavior that may signal an impending escape attempt.
Experience: Two years of professional experience in connection with the operation of a work training program for the rehabilitation/ habilitation of developmentally or mentally disabled individuals. and Education: Graduation from a recognized college with major work in rehabilitation/habilitation of the developmentally or mentally disabled, social work, business or hospital administration, or related field. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for three years of the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and techniques of supervising a vocational training program; principles and practices of personnel supervision; Federal and State laws pertaining to employment of patients or inmates in both facility and community settings; California laws and rules pertaining to facility administration; characteristics and social aspects of developmental and mental disabilities; problems of developing, setting standards for, and supervising a program for the disabled; current trends in Federal and State programs for the developmentally and mentally disabled; hands- on knowledge and/or specific expertise related to program content and operations.
Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with persons contacted in the work, including those of professional, governmental, and private organizations; effectively utilize required technical knowledge; communicate effectively; analyze problems and recommend appropriate action; creatively formulate and supervise the vocational programs and evaluate their effectiveness; explain vocational programs to individuals and groups; identify the need for and develop changes in program practices and policies.
Willingness to work at developmental centers, State hospitals, or at correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services; sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of developmentally, mentally, or physically disordered offenders; neat appearance; tact; patience; and emotional stability.
Incumbents must possess and maintain sufficient strength, agility, and endurance to perform during physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job without endangering their own health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, forensic clients, patients, inmates, or the public.