Senior Client Support Specialist - Full-Time and Part-Time

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Full-time     Social Service
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Posted on July 2, 2021


Starting salary up to $35.27/hour ($73,612.72/year), a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!* 

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team, Senior Client Support Specialists gather initial information for a client evaluation to develop and implement crisis/urgent intervention and treatment plans. In close collaboration with licensed staff, Senior Client Support Specialists provide a variety of case management, treatment planning, and rehabilitation support services to adult and juvenile clients, including transportation, placement assistance, advocacy, referrals, and assistance with daily living and other client support services.
Senior Client Support Specialists act as a linkage between clients and resources in the community including rehabilitation and housing, provide education on coping skills, build rapport, and provide mental and physical health support. They also partner to link the client with the psychiatrist and nurses, and complete re-assessments for level of strengths and needs.. Specialists provide essential work of crisis and suicide risk evaluations, de-escalation, and interventions to reduce risks of hospitalization or incarceration.
In youth services, these positions facilitate collaborative treatment planning meetings with clients, family members, service providers, and other members of a youth’s support network. Additionally, Senior Client Support Specialists collaborate with other client-serving agencies to ensure the most supportive environment for each client. Some assignments may require the ability to work irregular hours and days, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

The ideal candidates will possess:

  • Experience working with high-risk populations and individuals diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders
  • Experience providing mental health outreach services in a community setting, including advocacy, information and referral, case management, and crisis intervention
  • A proven track record of working with evidence-based practices
  • Familiarity with recovery philosophy and trauma-informed care
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary environment 
  • Prior success at establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with all stakeholders, including families and clients
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with a diverse customer base
  • The ability to be a team player and work independently
  • Empathy, positivity, and patience

What We Offer

The County offers excellent opportunities for career growth and the ability to become a contributing force in strengthening our community. You can also look forward to benefits* which include:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range

This recruitment is being conducted to fill two full-time and one part-time (20 hours per week) position in the Department of Health Services. This employment list may also be used to fill full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. 
*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.



Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Possession of a Bachelor Degree with significant coursework in community mental health, psychology, sociology, mental health or other closely related field of study. Experience as a Client Support Specialist, or the equivalent, may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
Four years of paid experience working with adults diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness or children diagnosed with serious emotional disturbances that included independent interviewing, client plan development, and interventions in potentially destabilizing situations.
Possession of current licensure in the State of California as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician and 2 years experience working with adults diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental or emotional condition, or with children diagnosed with serious emotional disturbances that included independent interviewing, client plan development, and interventions in potentially destabilizing situations.

Driver’s License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Special Qualifications: Some positions may require the ability to speak and write fluently a language other than English.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Working Knowledge of: Community resources and services available to program clients; principles and techniques of case management and rehabilitative interventions; client legal rights; interviewing techniques, clinical and case management documentation; basic principles of individual and group behavior; principles and techniques of intervention in potentially destabilizing situations; counseling and basic interaction techniques related to the treatment of mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals; techniques and methods for overseeing and directing the daily activities of mentally and emotionally disturbed individuals; and the use of electronic information equipment and specific systems as used within the department.

Ability to: Develop and maintain the trust and cooperation of clients, their families and other significant care providers; interpret and apply County mental health program policies and procedures; analyze a client’s situation accurately and adopt an effective course of action; work with clients to resolve conflicts with other staff, care providers or family members; work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; understand the legal mandates governing the storage of client records and information and the rights of the client to confidentiality; understand and apply the principles and techniques of case management and rehabilitative interventions with clients; effectively coordinate the delivery of mental health services; conduct basic interviews and counseling sessions and facilitate groups; communicate effectively with persons from a variety of social, cultural and economic backgrounds; evaluate situations and adopt effective course of action to prevent a crisis; identify and mobilize resources to meet client needs; speak and write in a manner necessary to fulfill job requirements; read, interpret, and apply complex regulations and reports.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.


Responses to supplemental questions will be scored using position-specific criteria. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient and therefore may not be scored.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:
An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination(weight 100%) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's application and supplemental questionnaire for satisfaction of minimum qualifications (pass/not pass); and for educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position. Each applicant will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of work history, related experience, and achieved level of education and/or training as described in the application and responses to the supplemental questions.

Candidates demonstrating possession of the minimum qualifications will be placed on an employment list in order of most qualified to least qualified based on the achieved score received in the Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination. Scores may be adjusted based on such factors as number of candidates, anticipated vacancies, past practice, and natural breaks in the scores achieved by this group of candidates.