Responsibility & Qualification Summary For
Employment Specialist (Full Time)
SUMMARY: Employee is responsible for providing support and assistance to individuals with disabilities who are receiving services through NCC's Schools, Supported Employment and/or Long Term Follow-Along Program(s).
REPORTS TO: Transitioning Youth Administrator (Schools) or Program Coordinator (ETS)
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required as other duties may be assigned.
Work in collaboration with NCC employees across all programs to ensure the appropriate and successful readiness and placement of individuals with disabilities into training opportunities and community jobs.
Assist in the implementation of Employment services:
- Complete an employment profile that reflects the interests, skills, and support needs of individuals seeking employment in community businesses;
- Identify job openings in the community including customized employment opportunities that match the individuals' preferences and abilities;
- Conduct a systematic study of work environments including job duty analyses and task analyses, by interviewing and observing coworkers and supervisors in the workplace;
- Arrange interviews and facilitate placement into jobs consistent with an individual's selected vocational and/or transition goals;
- Provide intensive training at the job-site including systematic instruction on job requirements as well as work-related and social skills ;
- Provide ongoing, on-site employment assistance as well as off-site support including training in accepting and responding to supervision.
- Work with family members to understand the positive impact of employment on an individual's quality of life;
- Coordinate family support such as assistance with accessing Benefits Planning in order to facilitate employment outcomes;
- Facilitate the implementation of Work Adjustment/Pre-Vocational training and workshops;
- Develop and implement lesson plans and utilize various methods to instruct individuals in employment skills improvement;
- Administer various inventories and assessment tools an prepare reports indicating individual skills, needs and interests; and
- Adhere to training schedules to ensure that all scheduled individuals receive services
Maintain required documentation and reports related to the program services and persons participating in the Supported Employment Program to include the Individual Work Plan (IWP), IEP and transition plan, job development and job placement reports and monthly progress reports.
Maintain all required documentation in accordance with NCC, Maryland, and District of Columbia standards using the internal computer data system and other approved online systems
Ensure the completion of all required training for self and individuals
All other duties as assigned that support the goals and objectives of the program.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (Required to perform essential functions)
The minimum requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform this job. Related experience may be substituted for
Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degrees. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
- High School Degree with a minimum of 4 years related and specialized experience in the field of supported employment/vocational training; demonstrated knowledge of an Individualized Work Plan (IWP), job development/placement experience and/or experience with educational plans;
- Associate’s Degree in the social services or related field with 2 years related experience in a vocational, supported employment program; knowledge of IWP, job development/placement experience and/or experience with educational plans; or
- Bachelor’s Degree in the social services or related field with up to one year related experience in a vocational, supported employment program; knowledge of IWP, job development/placement experience and/or experience with educational plans
- Demonstrates the ability to read and comprehend common business documents
- Communicates effectively with the business community using business language both orally and through business correspondence and memorandums
- Responds to routine inquiries or concerns from individuals with disabilities, their family members, and project personnel;
- Demonstrates effective written communication including draft correspondence, reports and other materials that conform to prescribed style and format.
- Communicates orally and in written form to provide information to internal/external vendors/clients, staff and management, and maintains professional relationships
- Follows instructions
- Replies appropriately to business correspondence and memorandums
- Performs basic mathematical calculations to include addition, subtraction, multiplication and divisio
- Able to compute rate, ratio, and percentage
- Able to define problems; collect data; establish facts; and draw valid conclusions
- Displays understanding of job responsibilities in order to execute supervisor and/or employer directions
- Carries out detailed written and/or oral instructions
- Deals independently with concrete problems that occur both in the workplace and in the community when supporting individuals with disabilities
- Solicits feedback from supervisor and coworkers to solve problems as necessary
- Communicates all levels of care to supervisor and appropriate individuals via telephone, emails, daily log reports, progress reports, letters, memos, etc.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: (to include technical/equipment skill capabilities; licensing, credentials; regulatory compliance considerations in the performance of the position responsibilities)
Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook