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Vocational Specialist

Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care Seattle, WA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, Life Insurance, 401k, Dental

Two positions available: Meridian Clinic (N. Seattle) & Rainier Beach Clinic (S. Seattle)

Please indicate the location you are interested in.

Employment provides more than steady income. For individuals struggling with mental illness, employment is a vehicle to their recovery that provides a sense of purpose.

As a Vocational Specialist, you are the bridge that unites community partners with employment seekers, whose lives are affected by mental illness. If you find value in employment for people and can see the importance of partnering with community businesses in order to fulfill that value, Valley Cities Behavioral Health has a unique opportunity for you.

Valley Cities is looking for a full-time Vocational Specialist to join our Rainier Beach and Meridian locations. In this role, the Vocational Specialist will utilize sales techniques to build community partnerships, as well as provide direct clinical engagement to help job seekers find and retain employment. The Vocational Specialist consults with area business partners to learn about job opportunities and then prepares, places, & supports job seekers to be successful in those roles, breaking down barriers that are a result of mental health challenges. A Vocational Specialist needs to be self-directed, organized, and willing to travel throughout the community.

Essential Job Functions: (This is not the job description in its entirety)

  • Creates employment opportunities for clients/job seekers through business networking

  • Researches and follows through on job leads in the local community

  • Negotiates with employers for modification of job descriptions or restructuring of job duties to better accommodate the support needs of the individual

  • Spends 65% of time in outreach, negotiating and seeking career opportunities

  • Provides career development services including vocational planning, job placement, and job retention supports for adults with mental health disabilities

  • Able to effectively coordinate services with treatment team members

  • Uses computer literacy to efficiently navigate the internet, write and submit reports, and utilize an electronic health record for documentation of services

  • Follows King County’s Supported Employment Program policies and standards

  • Exhibits patience and empathy with a sometimes-vulnerable population of our community, who are challenged by mental illness

  • Contributes to clinical consultation groups, advocating that employment is a necessity to a client’s recovery

  • Utilizes software programs such as Microsoft Office Programs and Salesforce to accurately track data

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in the areas of marketing/sales, human resources, vocational rehabilitation, psychology/sociology or other related field.

  • Knowledge of mental illness as a hidden disability & stigma that exists in the community.

  • Current driver’s license

  • Pass required background checks

Our caring, professional staff is Valley Cities’ most important asset – the very heart and center of who we are. Every day, we strive to ensure that your experience working at Valley Cities reflects the importance of your role as we carry out our mission. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefit package including medical, dental, vision, disability, retirement, paid time off, and 10 paid holidays. Please send resume & cover letter to our Human Resources Department: Email:, FAX 253-661- 8644 or directly to Valley Cities/HR, 325 W Gowe St, Kent, WA 98032

We are dedicated to Equal Opportunity Employment & embrace the contributions of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Individuals with Disabilities/Protected Veterans and does not unlawfully discriminate under federal, state, or local laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status

Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care

Valley Cities is a community behavioral health center established by the people of South King County in 1965. Today, we operate comprehensive outpatient clinics in Auburn, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Meridian (Northgate), Midway (Des Moines), Rainier Beach, and Renton.

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