EmployAbility is growing and is seeking a QUALIFIED Employment Specialist to work with people whose mental health and/or disability impact their ability to find and/or sustain employment. Must have own vehicle and some flexibility in scheduling. Full or part-time.
Bachelor’s degree in a social service-related field
At least six months experience working with people with mental health concerns
Computer proficiency, including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Windows
Experience in vocational rehabilitation
The purpose of an Employment Specialist is to provide all necessary support to assist consumers in their efforts to find and sustain employment. Employment Specialists work as a team and support every consumer on EmployAbility’s caseload.
EmployAbility is a social service provider, and all employees should demonstrate professionalism, be cognizant of ethical considerations, act as an advocate for people with disabilities and mental health concerns to obtain meaningful employment, be mindful of best practices when working with people with diverse backgrounds, and utilize a consumer-driven approach to services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Facilitate one-on-one meetings with consumers
Reach out to prospective employers
Meet and coordinate with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and CCS providers
Attend meetings and trainings
Work as a team and cooperatively coordinate with all other EmployAbility staff
Provide short-term worksite support to consumers to transition to independence through development of natural supports, job aid creation, and skill development
Support consumers in employment-related soft skill development
Answer questions and provide information
Various other duties as assigned
The majority of job development work is performed in a temperature-controlled office setting, requiring the ability to sit at a desk and utilize a computer for long periods of time. However, some meetings occur in schools and public spaces such as libraries and restaurants.
Systematic Instruction/Job Coaching is performed in a very wide range of settings, including but not limited to retail, food service, manufacturing, and outdoor labor. Employment Specialists are not required to participate in labor tasks assigned to consumers but will be in environments that may involve but are not limited to standing, walking, extreme temperatures, and exposure to the elements.
Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and drive a vehicle to perform job duties effectively. Employment Specialists must be able to operate a computer, phone, and all other office technology.
$18-20/hr starting with first review at 90 days
$2/hour shift differential for occasional evening and weekend job coaching (on-call one weekend per month)
Health and vision insurance (Eligible with 30+ hours/week)
2 weeks of PTO
Testing fee paid to become a Certified Employment Support Professional (1 year of employment support pre-requisite)