WestCare Re-entry Counselor in Stockton, California

Job Description:

Position Summary: Person in this position will be responsible for the delivery of vocational and educational guidance to clients participating in the program. Essential Job Functions include those listed below.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Work directly with counselors and clients in the development of Vocational Plans;

  • Provide educational and vocational guidance to clients participating in the program;

  • Provide in-service training and workshops for all staff and clients including development of community resources, job seeking skills classes, labor market research, communications, work place etiquette, career planning, and resume preparation/writing and interview techniques (dress-for success);

  • Create a work like environment where women can gain fundamental understanding of punctuality, reliability, steps to completing work assignments;

  • Develop facility chore and special skill assignments and job descriptions. Assign facility chores, develop work crews with inmate “supervisors” and conduct chore assignments as an “employment experience,” including appropriate attitude and department evaluations and opportunities for advancement;

  • Plan and arrange for courses of study and training;

  • Interview inmates to determine their employment skill level, strengths and weaknesses and develop a vocational plan;

  • Collect and analyze and interpret psychological, educational, social and employment information regarding each applicant and make a vocational diagnosis;

  • Counsel and assist applicants with the personal adjustment to work ethics and assignments;

  • Provide and interpret standardized test for use in vocational guidance;

  • Promote and coordinate the assistance and services of other agencies and organizations to bring special classes and training sessions into the facility;

  • Develop relationships with large and small employers, become familiar with and their products and human resource needs using a businesslike approach;

  • Participate in community advisory groups that assist with return to work programs; working with employers to develop employment opportunities for transition to parole;

  • Demonstrate knowledge of financial benefits for employers if they hire an ex-felon;

  • Assist employers in revising standards that exclude applicants from jobs;

  • Demonstrate to employers the cost effectiveness and profitability of employing chronically unemployed by identifying jobs those workers could perform;

  • Obtain job orders, arrange interviews, and provide follow up and feedback to the parties;

  • Assist with transportation related to clients’ vocational and educational needs;

  • Monitor and track clients’ individual vocational and educational progress;

  • Embrace and embody the mission, vision, guiding principles, clinical vision and goals of WestCare Foundation; and

  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor is preferred;

  • Knowledge of labor market research, vocational assessment, career planning and human resource management;

  • Knowledge of offender populations, criminal subcultures, and cultural differences, substance abuse assessment tools, therapeutic community concepts is preferred;

  • Must be in possession of a valid California Driver’s License and be eligible for WestCare vehicle insurance;

  • Must be able to pass a criminal history background screening and receive clearance from the CDCR; and

  • CPR Certification, First Aid Certification and an Annual Tuberculosis test.


  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a degree in Addiction Counseling, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology, or a related field preferred; or

  • Associate in Arts Degree with two years of experience in employment services for the general public or a specific population

Working Conditions:

  • Work is primarily performed in a community-based treatment setting; and

  • Some outdoor activities may be required.

Physical Demands:

  • The normal work routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues, BUT exposure or potential exposure may be required as a condition of employment. Appropriate personal protective equipment will be readily available to every employee engaged in Category II tasks;

  • Occasional lifting of more than 10 pounds; and

  • Sitting, standing, walking, reaching are performed in the normal course of the position.

Requisition Number: 3592

City: Stockton

State: California

Job Title: Re-entry Counselor

Area of Interest: Clinical/Counseling