The Employment Specialist is responsible for the general growth, development and well-being of the individuals they support through the Employment Services program. Specifically, the duties and responsibilities of the Employment Specialist are as follows:
Care of Individuals
- Treat individuals with dignity and respect while giving individuals an opportunity to exercise choice
- Integrate individuals within the community through career assessment, job development and job coaching.
- Encourage, guide, and train individuals to develop competencies for on-the-job success.
- Provide proper supervision for individuals
- Provide supports as scheduled; follow call-off procedures when unable to provide agreed upon supports
- Responsible for utilizing web-based billing and electronic client record systems as required
- Ensure that all required documentation is completed on the same day of service
- Understand, adhere to, and support agency policies and procedures
- Understand, adhere to, and support federal, state, and county regulations and guidelines
- Maintain confidentiality of all individuals’ information
- Communicate information, problems, and concerns with supervisors and peers (as necessary)
- Responsible for attending and participating in required trainings
- Work independently in the community with 80% billable time and 20% administrative/travel weekly
- Perform a career assessment as dictated by funding source
- Develop client-centered employment plan to actively obtain a community-based job.
- Partners and interacts with employers to obtain community-based jobs.
- Supports client on job site through employer interaction and accommodations that support success on-the-job and their vocational goals.
- Completes all necessary paperwork on the same day of service.
- Attends all ISP (Individual Support Plan Meetings)
- Provide monthly and quarterly reports to funding sources
- Communicates with all members of the service team
- Attend and actively participate in scheduled, mandatory staff meetings, meetings with the individual’s support team (as necessary), training seminars, and supervisory sessions
- Maintain appropriate professional conduct and dress
- Participate productively and cooperatively on the staff team, with individuals, with individuals’ family members, the community, vocational providers, and educational providers
- Follow the agency Code of Conduct
- Assist in training new staff
- Responsible for all other appropriate duties as assigned
- Hours vary according to employment needs; schedule can include days, evenings, and/or weekends based on needs of individual and the employer
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
- CESP (Certified Employment Supports Professional) or ACRE certification preferred; or able to obtain within 6 months of hire
- High School Diploma with 5 years of experience in one of the following areas: Sales, policy, teaching, government, advocacy, or social work. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of human services, or Associate’s degree in a relevant area of human services with two years of direct care experience preferred
- Valid driver’s license
- Use of personal vehicle with adequate insurance
- Must be 18 years of age