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Rehabilitation Counselor - Access to City Employment (ACE) (2566)

Recruitment: REF3158O

Published: August 05, 2022


Danielle Anderson -
John Weber -
Porsche Bunton -
Leorah Dang -

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Department: Access to City Employment
Job class: 2566-Rehabilitation Counselor
Salary range: $88,218.00 - $107,276.00
Role type: Permanent Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The Access to City Employment Program (ACE) seeks to hire qualified individuals with a disability into permanent entry-level jobs outside the normal civil service selection process. To be hired through the ACE Program, individuals must meet the minimum qualifications of the job and provide a Certification of Disability from the California Department of Rehabilitation or a Veterans Preference Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Role description

Definition: Under general supervision, plans individual counseling needs for the rehabilitation of hospital patients; assists in defining and implementing rehabilitation objectives, plans and programs; and performs related duties as required. Requires responsibility for: carrying out existing methods and procedures applicable to the patient rehabilitation program; achieving moderate economies and/or preventing moderate losses through proper handling of equipment, materials and supplies; making contacts with medical, social service and nursing staffs as well as with representatives of outside agencies; maintaining and periodically reviewing important detailed and specialized medical records and reports of individual patients. Nature of duties involves normal physical effort and manual dexterity with some exposure to health hazards and disagreeable elements inherent in the rehabilitation program.

Examples of Important and Essential Duties: 1. Performs rehabilitation counseling of hospital patients; screens intake patients to determine personal history and background; evaluates information as an aid to formulating rehabilitation objectives. 2. Administers and evaluates various interest and aptitude tests, assists developing appropriate rehabilitation procedures in cooperation with other professional and auxiliary personnel. 3. Participates and cooperates with assigned rehabilitation workers; observes and reports results of screening process; discusses and determines, individual patient’s limitations in terms of personal history, background and mental and physical handicaps. 4. In conjunction with rehabilitation program, defines and assists in the implementation of duties, goals and objectives, including appropriate job placement possibilities upon discharge of individual patients; confers and participates in conferences on the treatment and progress of current cases. 5. Counsels patients on educational and employment problems, indicating 1imits and suggesting possible vocational opportunities; subsequently follows-up such counseling to determine effectiveness. 6. Prepares statistical and narrative reports and routine case reports on individual patients, including related correspondence and other pertinent information.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Requires a thorough technical and working knowledge of the field of rehabilitation counseling as applied to a wide range of institutional patients. Requires ability and skill to: apply techniques in testing and evaluating individual capabilities; deal tactfully and courteously with individual patients; work successfully with other employees and groups engaged in rehabilitation activities.

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications: These minimum qualifications establish the education, training, experience, special skills and/or license(s) which are required for employment in the classification.  Please note, additional qualifications (i.e., special conditions) may apply to a particular position and will be stated on the exam/job announcement.

Experience and Training: Requires completion of a four year college or university, with a baccalaureate degree, with major course work in rehabilitation counseling, preferably- supplemented by additional specialized graduate study in rehabilitation counseling as sponsored by the office of vocational rehabilitation of the federal department of health, and welfare. Requires at least two years of successful experience as a rehabilitation counselor in an established and well organized institutional program.

Substitution: Possession of a masters degree in rehabilitation counseling may be substituted for one year of experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

What else should I know?

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as: Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code. Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers: All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.