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EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST


JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:  EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

Salary: $42,000-$50,000

Educational Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree in Education, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology or related fields.

Work Hours:  Normal work hours are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday.  However, must maintain a flexible working profile while performing the job duties.  This will include, on occasion, rearranging schedules based on the needs of the client’s job site. 

Additional Information: Must be able to provide or arrange own transportation for travel to and from job training sites.  Must have valid drivers license and car insurance.  Ability and willingness to tolerate light physical activity to include long periods of standing or walking depending on the demands of the client job sites.

Reports To:  Program Manager

 

Join an amazing team at Parents Alliance Employment Project-a small non-profit agency providing vocational support services to individuals with disabilities!

As an employment specialist, you will provide on-the-job training and coaching to persons with disabilities helping them reach their fullest potential and promote diversity and inclusion with local businesses.

Primary Duties of Employment Specialist:

  • Assist with conducting intake interviews to assess participant's eligibility and general needs in order to determine if and how individuals can achieve job goals.
  • Develop individualized written service plans, including plans for support, training, and follow-up services.
  • Maintain a caseload of approximately 10-15 clients, including all required paperwork under the appropriate funding source.
  • Using a holistic approach, assess client's level of functioning, including psychological, medical, vocational, independent living and social assessments. Make referrals for additional assessment and examination as needed.
  • Make referrals to community resources and to other programs and services as needed in order to maintain quality services for clients.
  • Provide employment counseling based on client's vocational goals, interests, abilities, previous experience and for other barriers which may impact on employment opportunities.
  • Provide job readiness services to individuals with disabilities. Job readiness services include but are not limited to preparation of resumes, conducting mock interviews, training and assistance in completing job applications, assistance in identifying employment opportunities by networking with local businesses,
  • Assist clients in applying for jobs. Make and/or accompany to appointments as needed.
  • Meet with employers to solicit job opportunities.
  • Develop partnerships with employers on an ongoing basis in order to secure job placements for clients.
  • Analyze jobs. Identify necessary work-related skills and identify necessary job modifications and provide intervention on behalf of the client to assure reasonable accommodations are made when needed.

Educational Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Education, Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology or related fields.

Work Hours and Location: Normal work hours are 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. However, must maintain a flexible working profile while performing the job duties. This will include, on occasion, rearranging schedules based on the needs of the client’s job site. PAEP is located in Lisle, IL. The person hired for this position will be responsible for reporting to the Lisle office and traveling throughout DuPage county area.

Additional Information: Must be able to provide or arrange own transportation for travel to and from job training sites. Must have valid drivers license and car insurance. Ability and willingness to tolerate light physical activity to include long periods of standing or walking depending on the demands of the client job sites.

 

Contact:  Kristen Sheffield, Executive Director, at (630) 955-2075 or ksheffield@parents-alliance.org

 

As an affirmative action employer, Parents Alliance Employment Project offers equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, creed or religion, age, sex, national origin, or disability.

 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.

Worknet

Parents Alliance Employment Project works in partnership with the workNet DuPage Career Center

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) 

has accredited Parents Alliance Employment Project for its Employment Services: Community Employment Services in Job Development, Job Supports, and Job Site Training Programs.

We do not provide direct services through this website; it is intended for informational purposes only.

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