Employment Specialist

SPIN is searching for an Employment Specialist who is ready to be out in the community, supporting individuals with intellectual, developmental and autism spectrum disabilities in securing a job and learning the skills necessary to maintain the job through providing on-the-job support to the individual and the employer

Employment Specialist

The Employment Specialist supports individuals in securing a job in competitive employment and in acquiring the skills necessary to maintain the job through providing on-the-job support to the individual and the employer.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Supports and completes assessments on people while creating and developing appropriate employment opportunities that are right fit and match interests, strengths and varied skill levels.
  • Assists people with job maintenance by teaching personal and professional skills development that will facilitate successful employment and support employer’s objectives and needs.
  • Researches, develops and maintains information on community and other resources relevant to the needs of individuals.  Uses acquired data to support individuals in developing an employment plan, portfolio and or resume that will achieve specific employment outcomes in an inclusive community.
  • Assists and supports people to develop strategies and make informed choices in regards to self-advocacy, health and safety and career direction.
  • Uses professional, positive and person first language and communication techniques to build rapport and relationships with service recipients, family members, the business community, inter and external agency personnel, etc.
  • Works as a cohesive team member with co-workers, internal departments within the agency, external organizations, etc. to support achievement of Employment Services Department’s outcomes and assure excellent quality services.
  • Maintains accurate records in regards to assessments, progress reports, pertinent employer documentation and billing of services rendered.  Remains current with and uses agency technology that enables the collection, compilation, evaluation and submission of data to appropriate sources as per established department timeframes.
  • Achieves and monitors department productivity levels and service delivery through the attainment of outcomes and units of service goals.  Makes modifications in a timely and responsive way that assures exceptional service.
  • Completes required training, education, certifications, etc. in order to further professional development activities and identify areas of self-reflection and self-improvement of position performance.
  • Adheres to all policies and procedures of the Employment Services Department and SPIN.  This includes but is not limited to maintaining standards of confidentiality and best practices as well as performing and completing as needed duties and assignments in the best interests of service recipients.

Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Special Education, or related field preferred.
  • 2 years experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities or co-occurring disorders.
  • 1 year of employment experience preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively with team members.
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility in order to meet programmatic and customer needs.
  • Driver’s license, vehicle, insurance and willingness to travel Philadelphia and surrounding area.
  • Proficient in MS office and or windows based programs

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