Employment Specialist I
Company: Mosaic Community Services
Posted on: July 15, 2019
Job Description Employment Specialist I (NBC203) N. Charles Street,
Baltimore City, Maryland, United States of America Req #955 Friday,
June 28, 2019 General Summary:An Employment Specialist I's primary
role is to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities to
obtain and maintain competitive employment in normal community
settings. Employment specialists conduct all phases of vocational
services including engagement, assessment, job search, job
development, and job support. Principal Responsibilities and
Duties:Assertive Engagement and Outreach 1. Meets with clients
within one week of referral to the supported employment program. 2.
Makes outreach attempts as part of initial engagement, and at least
weekly when client contact ceases. 3. Demonstrates tolerance of
different levels of readiness to work by using encouragement when a
client appears unsure of working. Assessment 1. Conducts a
vocational assessment that includes, but is not limited to the
client's overall rehabilitation goal, work background, interests,
talents and skills, preferences, coping strategies, and other work
related factors. 2. Explores job possibilities with the client by
visiting possible work sites, and doing informational interviews.
Job Search, Job Development, and Placement 1. The employment
specialist and the client make contact with employers within the
first month of enrollment in the supported employment program. The
purpose of the contact may be to secure a specific job or to gather
more information about the work site. 2. Assists clients in finding
jobs that are interesting and meaningful to them and at the skill
level they desire by making employer contacts that are based on the
client's job preferences. 3. Conducts individualized job
development by talking to employers about specific clients'
abilities and desires to do a job in their place of business, and
using extensive networking to identify potential job leads (talking
with family members, friends, staff members, previous employers,
community members). 4. Provides individualized, time-unlimited
follow-along supports to clients including crisis intervention, job
coaching, counseling, and job support groups to help maintain
employment. 5. Provides individualized time-unlimited follow-along
supports to employers. Integration with Mental Health Treatment 1.
Communicates regularly with service coordination and clinicians,
and attends team meetings regularly for clients on caseload. 2.
Promotes employment options in service coordination and clinical
team meetings, even when other staff members may not identify them
as candidates for work. 3. Shares success regularly with members of
the team and meets with the client and service coordinator for goal
planning. 4. Provides education and consultation to team members by
sharing knowledge of the client in relationship to work.
Participation in Employment Team 1. Actively participates in team
meetings/group supervisions weekly and presents client cases to
team for guidance, shares successes, and shares job leads. 2.
Provides support for other employment specialists' clients when
needed. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:* Knowledge
normally acquired by a Bachelor's degree in rehabilitation
counseling, psychology or related discipline and/or 1+ years of
direct job related experience. 2. Skills sufficient to interact
effectively with persons who have psychiatric disabilities in order
to gain meaningful participation. 3. Skills and knowledge in
performing supported employment activities including identifying
and negotiating potential jobs, getting clients integrated into
jobs, providing job coaching assistance, and client advocacy with
employers and clients. 4. Ability to work autonomously with
demonstrated creativity, initiative, and commitment. 5. Knowledge
of policies and procedures and the ability to follow them. 6. Must
possess a valid Maryland driver's license, with 3 or fewer points,
and a safe driving record. Will require use of own vehicle. 7.
Completion of CPR, infection control, aggression management, first
aid training and other required trainings and maintenance of
certifications in all. 8. Ability to work in a team environment 9.
Must be flexible, punctual, and available to work weekends,
evenings and holidays as necessary. Working Conditions:Work
requires low exposure to risk of physical injury by assaultive
clients. There may be exposure to tobacco products through meetings
with clients in their living areas. Reporting Relationships:Reports
to Vocational Program Coordinator Other details - Pay Type Hourly
Mosaic Community Services Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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