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Title:Clinical Services Specialist - Bilingual Spanish
Company:Multnomah County Health Department

The Opportunity:



This recruitment has been reopened until October 8, 2019.

This recruitment will be used to fill Bilingual Spanish Clinical Services Specialists positions within our Health Centers.


We currently have the following vacancies:

  • 1.0 FTE at the Mid-County Health Center (MCHC)
  • 1.0 FTE at the East County Health Center (ECHC)

Primary care behavioral health is the care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health providers, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population.  This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms and ineffective patterns of health care utilization (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2013).

The Behavioral Health Provider improves population health outcomes by ensuring that Mid County Health Center patients of all ages have access to behavioral health expertise as a usual part of medical services.  Our county health centers provide full spectrum primary care to a diverse group of patients as well as medical intakes for Refugees. Improve population health outcomes by ensuring patients of all ages have access to behavioral health expertise as a usual part of primary care


As the Behavioral Health Provider you will:

  • Provide evidence-based behavioral health services to our patient population
  • Function as a clinical member of the clinical team
  • Act as behavioral health expert and provide effective professional consultation
  • Improve population health outcomes by ensuring patients age 18 and older have access to behavioral health expertise as a usual part of primary care
  • Provide diagnostic assessment using the DSM, functional analysis, and risk assessment
  • Provide evidence-based cognitive, behavioral, and motivational interventions to patients with mental health concerns and health compromising behaviors
  • Identify the need for and support patient referrals and care management needs



We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.
Required Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Master's degree in social work
  • License as a clinical social worker in Oregon by the Oregon Board of Social Work
  • Two (2) years of professional experience in a mental health treatment setting as a clinical behavioral health provider
  • Ability to effectively respond to crisis situations
  • Knowledge of or capacity to learn about the local behavioral health treatment system and community resources
  • Ability to assess and treat patients of all ages in a culturally-competent manner 
  • Experience working with patients with chronic diseases like chronic pain
  • Professional demeanor and interpersonal communication skills
  • KSA (Knowledge Skills and Abilities) – Bilingual Spanish


Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*: You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Training and background at the post-master's level in primary care behavioral health is preferred


*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.




The Application Packet:
1.     A completed online application

2.     A resume

3.     Responses to Supplemental Questions. Responses to the supplemental questions should be answered in a separate attachment. Be detailed in answering the questions and include examples of qualifications for this position as well as how it is related to those shown in the job announcement. Please do not list see resume or submit vague answers. Your detailed responses will be scored to determine if you will be moving to the next step in our recruitment process. Provide your certification number, name on certification and expiration date. Some positions may require the ability to speak, write and read fluently in both English and Spanish languages, please indicate if you meet this requirement.



  • Are you a Licensed Clinical Social worker in Oregon? Please provide your license #.
  • Describe your professional experience in a mental health treatment setting as a clinical behavioral health provider.
  • Describe your experience working with patients with chronic pain.
  • What is your awareness of local community resources? Tell us about a case where you created a plan for clients to access services.
  • Please share any experience you have in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. How would this experience translate to working within a health care environment and with patients?

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications
  • Supplemental question review
  • Phone screen
  • Oral exam
  • Consideration of top candidates
  • Language assessment (if applicable)
  • Background, reference, and education checks

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees.


We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference. Multnomah County is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. We request priority protected veteran referrals.


Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility and how to apply. Note: Veterans' Preference does not apply in a transfer process.


Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.


Questions? Please contact the recruiter. 


Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice.


Disclaimer:This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.


Job Profile:

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Contact:Jon Marquardt
Address:619 NW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209



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