Employment Specialist

Sarah, Inc.
Job Description

OBJECTIVE:       Assist individuals served by SARAH Inc. to secure meaningful employment and to provide and/or arrange the necessary job supports to ensure success.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree preferred. High school diploma required; Minimum of two (2) years of experience providing employment and/or transition supports to people with differing abilities. Must be able to provide support and services utilizing community based resources. Must be over 21 and possess a valid Connecticut driver’s license, have an acceptable driving history and be able to utilize your own vehicle for SARAH business as defined by SARAH, Inc.’s policy.

 

HOURS OF DUTY:         Full Time – Non-Exempt

                                   Hourly-Flexible Schedule

                                   (May include nights and weekends)

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

 

·         Meet employment needs of assigned caseload, including but not limited to: career exploration, job placement, career counseling, on and offsite coaching/support, and advocacy. Provide supports, based on individual need to assist service participants to obtain and retain employment.

·         Assist and advise service participants on career development, including but not limited to: resume writing, interview preparation, and best career practices.

·         Provide training, support and monitoring at employment sites.

·         Provide individualized follow-along supports to assist service participants in maintaining employment. Write job support plans, incorporating input from the interdisciplinary team.

·         Provide transportation and/or assist in securing appropriate transportation to secure employment.

·         Ensure each participant has a current and comprehensive electronic data base for all employment related information: assessments, work history, resume, job applications, interviews, positions, and employers.

·         Assist in development of assigned budget and monitor expenses to ensure budget compliance and fiscal accountability.

·         Remain current with systems changes in DDS and other funding agencies, particularly as the changes relate to reimbursement and waiver guidelines.

·         Comply with DDS and other funder reporting requirements.

·         Assist with coverage of Group Supported community based crews as needed.

·         Other duties as assigned.

                                                               

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

 

  • Knowledge of person-centered, outcome-based services for people with differing abilities
  • Knowledge of company policies and procedures and applicable regulatory requirements and standards
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Skill in supervising and training staff in a positive manner
  • Skill in planning and organizing
  • Skill in problem solving and decision making
  • Skill in working with people with differing abilities
  • Skill in operating standard office equipment, computer and various software packages
  • Skill in implementing programs and activities as outlined in the individual support plan
  • Skill in  communicating effectively in a courteous and professional manner
  • Skill in writing clearly and concisely to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to read and understand policies and regulations and to translate general guidelines into specific action
  • Ability to read and understand budgets and financial information
  • Ability to outline and perform presentations effectively
  • Ability to demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills necessary to provide guidance and instruction to adults with significant challenges
  • Ability to work successfully, both independently and in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to use adaptive and other equipment
  • Ability to maintain a patient and positive attitude
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel to varying locations as needed
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