2 years of experience required
Summary: Primary role is to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in normal community settings. This member of the multidisciplinary team conducts all phases of vocational services including engagement, assessment, job search, job development, and job support. Provide supportive counseling to enable clients to identify vocational strengths and challenges, establish vocational goals, and develop plans to reach them. In addition, assist clients to recognize and target the symptoms of mental illness that interfere with their successful employment.
- Consistently submit accurate documentation within 24 hours of service delivery.
- Meet with clients within one week of referral for supported employment services.
- Make outreach attempts as part of initial engagement, and at least weekly when client contact ceases.
- Conduct 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.
- Explore job possibilities with the client by visiting possible work sites, and doing informational interviews.
- Grow pipeline of business contacts and takes time to understand employers' current business needs as well as expectations of the open positions.
- Conduct job development by connecting with employers based on clients' interests and abilities, and using extensive networking to identify potential job leads.
- Work with employers to create customized employment positions when applicable (such as job carving, job sharing, modified job tasks, etc.).
- Provide individualized follow-along supports to clients including crisis intervention, job coaching, advocacy and counseling to assist individuals with maintaining employment.
- Bachelor's degree in rehabilitation counseling, behavioral science or related discipline or significant experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness.
- Minimum of one year of experience providing employment services.
- 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.
- Valid Maryland driver's license with less than 3 points, and a safe driving record. Will require use of own vehicle.
- Valid automobile insurance coverage and be willing to transport clients in own vehicle when necessary.