Union City

Intervention Counselor (20154222)

Counselor/School Psychologist
East Bay
Until filled
$6,175.00-$7,507.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under the general supervision of the Youth & Family Services Clinical Supervisor, the Intervention Counselor provides crisis intervention and individual and family counseling; identifies appropriate referral services to youth, families and individuals; participates in department and community meetings as necessary.  



Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Provide individual, family and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults using a variety of therapeutic and counseling techniques.  

  • Provide crisis intervention services around a variety of issues including: incorrigible youth/status offenders, child/adult abuse, domestic violence, trauma, individuals experiencing mental health issues, and families in conflict; may conduct visits at homes, schools, and juvenile detention centers.  

  • Conduct assessments to identify appropriate resources, provide referral services and connect clients with additional services as needed; May receive, process and track all incoming case management, outreach, and counseling referrals as needed. 

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other social welfare agencies and organizations.  

  • Prepare and give presentations to youth, parents and community members. 

  • Conduct outreach to promote programs and services. 

  • Generate and maintain appropriate records, client files, and accurate statistical/monthly reports. 

  • Participate in department and community meetings as necessary.  

  • May provide clinical supervision, training and assistance to other staff, interns or volunteers.  

  • Develop and implement new processes and procedures as needed.  

  • Attend meetings, trainings and workshops. 

Ideal Candidate


Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Social Work, Psychology, Human Development or a closely related field and one (1) year of experience providing crisis counseling, counseling/psychotherapy to individuals, families and youth. 



Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record. 

Possession of a current Marriage Family Therapist (MFT), Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) or Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) State Board of Behavioral Science License within one year of employment. 



  • Must successfully complete a background check which includes fingerprinting, TB test, and verification of education and experience.
  • Must have reliable transportation and willing to travel locally.
  • Experience working in a multicultural capacity and providing therapy to "high risk" youth and families is highly desirable.
  • Union City is very culturally diverse and bilingual and/or bi-cultural applicants are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Evening and weekend work may be required, and incumbents may be on 24-hour call for emergency call outs. 



Knowledge of:

  • The theory and principle of human development, particularly child development; 

  • The social aspects of mental and emotional adjustment, including normal and abnormal behavior; 

  • Principles, methods and trends of social casework; 

  • Principles and techniques of crisis intervention and family therapy, which includes interviewing techniques and treatment modalities; 

  • Child abuse trends and treatment; and  

  • Community resources in the mental health and human services area.  


Ability to:

  • Perform crisis intervention dealing with problems of a psychiatric or crisis nature; 
  • Establish effective and productive relationships with clients; 

  • Establish cooperative working relationships with law enforcement, school personnel, and other social service providers across a variety of settings; 

  • Work independently to make sound decisions and remain focused under potentially stressful conditions; 

  • Produce various reports including statistical reports and maintains records as necessary; and 

  • Work varied hours and responds to call-outs. 


Retirement:  CalPERS enrollment in either 2% @ 60 (Classic Employees) or the new 2% @ 62 (New Employee) formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per AB 340. The City does not participate in Social Security therefore there are no Social Security tax deductions (except 1.45% Medicare).

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City.  Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each.  Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium is shared by the City and employee.  Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides up to $2,000/month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Leaves:  8 hours of sick leave/month with no limit on accumulation; 10 days of vacation per year for the first three years of service; 11 paid holidays per year plus 3 floating holidays.

Other:  Educational Reimbursement for approved coursework; 9/80 work schedule, with alternate Fridays off. Deferred Compensation Plan available. 

Special Instructions


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website.

* Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.  Once a sufficient number of qualified applications are received the recruitment may close without notice. *

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: supplemental questions, a written exam, a performance exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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