Employment Specialist

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AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on position-related factors.

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OBJECTIVE:

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

SUPERVISOR: Director of Day and Employment Services

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: Non-exempt Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Flexible Schedule – may include nights and weekends

SUPERVISION: None

ESSENTIAL JOB 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
Location: Westbrook, CT
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Apply at: https://sarah-inc.synchr-recruit.com/job/71364/employment-specialist