Employment Specialist

 

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.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in social service related field.

At least 6 months experience working with people with mental health concerns.

Computer proficiency including familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Windows

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in vocational rehabilitation

Job purpose

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

Complete reports

Attend meetings and trainings

Work as a team and cooperatively coordinate with all other EmployAbility staff

Provide short-term worksite support to consumers with a goal 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

 

Working conditions

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 be 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.

Physical requirements

Must be able to sit, stand, walk, and drive a vehicle in order to perform job duties effectively. Employment Specialists must be able to operate a computer, phone, and all other office technology.

Benefits

Competitive pay based on experience

$2/hour shift differential for occasional evening and weekend job coaching (on-call one weekend per month)

Mileage reimbursement

Health insurance (Eligible with 30+ hours/week)

2 weeks of PTO

Sick time

401k

Paid holidays

Staff outings

Testing fee paid to become a Certified Employment Support Professional (1 year of employment support pre-requisite)