Vocational Counselor I/II – Creative Arts – Team 250

Mental Health Center of Denver
September 23, 2021
Denver, CO
Job Type


EMPLOYMENT VALUE PROPOSITION: Mental Health Center of Denver provides you with the support you need to help you develop a career in helping others succeed. We innovate, adapt, and leverage the diverse perspectives of the people on our team and the people we serve in everything we do.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVENESS: The Mental Health Center of Denver values and is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to ending bias and discrimination in our community and ensuring equity within all aspects of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment, transfer, or promotion opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

COMMITMENT TO PAY EQUITY: Mental Health Center of Denver is committed to fair and equitable hiring with salaries based on relevant factors, such as work experience, education, and certification/licensure (rather than wage history). Toward the principle of equal pay for equal work, we post and hire within defined hiring salary ranges.  We ask all applicants to carefully review the hiring salary range for each posted job opportunity, as we will not hire outside the predetermined range.

BENEFITS STATEMENT: All full-time, benefits eligible employees will be eligible for MHCD’s benefits plan. For a full description of benefit offerings, please visit: https://mhcd.org/workplace-of-choice/.

COVID VACCINATION NOTICE: Under the COVID-19 mandate issued by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment on August 2, 2021, current MHCD personnel must be fully vaccinated, or be approved for exemption, no later than September 30, 2021. “Fully vaccinated” means two weeks (14 days) after receiving the final dose of vaccine. The “final dose” is the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or the single dose of a one dose vaccine (J&J). 

Learn what it is like to work at the Mental Health Center of Denver:


Starting Salary:

Vocational Counselor I (Bachelors) - $19.01/hr - $22.81/hr

Vocational Counselor II (Masters) - $22.00/hr - $26.42/hr

Position Summary: 2Succeed in Education is a psychiatric rehabilitation and supported education program that promotes overall wellness and supports adults in their recovery from mental illness. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience and knowledge in creative arts. This includes: supporting people in developing their skills in various art forms with the use of different media; running weekly classes; organizing community based art showings; connecting people to resources in the greater community; and adaptable teaching skills for teaching basic level classes in Visual Art, Music, Performance or other desirable topics. It would be preferred that the candidate is able to assess the needs and instruct visual art techniques to individuals in order to provide rehabilitative services in a group setting providing guided self-expression experiences.  The candidate will also have a working understanding of Psychiatric Rehabilitation philosophy and rehabilitation counseling skills; experience working collaboratively as part of a therapeutic treatment team to support people in recovery; and strong computer skills for required documentation.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Outreach and maintain a caseload of individuals engaged in services
  • Assist people we serve with setting short and long-term learning and wellness goals
  • Complete data, reports and clinical documentation as required
  • Coordinate care between the rehabilitation department and the clinical team
  • Facilitate social activities and special events within the community and the program
  • Support individuals with educational opportunities and trainings within the program and community
  • Manage a large art studio, monitoring students and maintaining appropriate stock of art supplies
  • Exhibit student artwork displays within the building as well as finding appropriate venues for artists to show artwork within the Denver community
  • Coordinate music and performance-based activities within the program and the community
  • Facilitate basic level classes in art, music, performance and/or other creative arts genre
  • Collaborate with individuals we serve to encourage engagement and support recovery
  • Provide services with a Trauma-Informed approach and crisis intervention and de-escalation when needed
  • Effectively collaborative with peers to oversee the day to day operations of the program
  • Be self-motivated and have good time-management skills
  • Model good communication, healthy working-relationships and appropriate boundaries
  • Support cultural diversity and encourage inclusiveness of people with different abilities
  • Be creative in bringing your strengths and interests to the team and program
  • Ability to transport people we serve to/from activities using agency van
  • Perform duties as assigned


Job Requirements:

Education:      Vocational Counselor I

  • Bachelor degree in rehabilitation or art with one year of experience.
  • Bachelor degree in related field with one year of vocational experience.
  • Five years of vocational/teaching experience equivalency.

Vocational Counselor II

  • Masters degree in vocational rehabilitation or art.
  • Masters degree in related field and one year of vocational experience, or
  • Bachelors degree in rehabilitation or art and three years vocational experience, or
  • Bachelors degree in related field and four years vocational experience.

ExperienceMental health experience or similar social/human services experience preferred.

SKILLS:  Ability to teach adult learners, and work with a number of different learning styles.  Flexibility to tailor instruction and expectations to individual people we serve.  Knowledge of vocational community resources and the local community.  Proficiency and knowledge of computer technology and resources.  Demonstrated ability to work with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.


MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED:  Computers, calculators, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching.  May require lifting up to 40 pounds.   Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office and/or clinical equipment. 

WORKING CONDITIONS:  May require occasional evening or weekend hours.


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