Secure referrals and determine eligibility
• Discover individual contributions, conditions and preferences leading to a vocational plan
• Develop customized employment opportunities based on the vocational plan
• Provide supports needed to obtain and maintain employment of individuals in program
• Develop and maintain partnerships with funding sources, employers and community agencies
• Complete required documentation and reporting
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: A Supported Employment Specialist must be able to consistently and successfully perform all essential functions of the position.
1. Share responsibility for meeting individual and program goals and objectives in accordance with the standards set forth by the NYS Education Department and VESID.
2. Develop and maintain contact with workforce investment partners, employers, employer organizations and social service agencies.
3. Conduct outreach and eligibility determination.
4. Conduct discovery activities and development of individualized vocational plans.
5. Provide case management around issues relating to employment.
6. Develop customized employment opportunities based on individual contributions, conditions and preferences.
7. Provide job coaching and support, including consultation to employers on training and accommodations, supplemental training, development of natural supports.
8. Communicate information to the appropriate members of the teams, Medicaid Service Coordinator, parents/guardians, house staff and employers at worksite.
9. Provide input/data for individual’s reports.
10. Maintain close communication with VESID and OMRDD staff as appropriate.
11. Develop and maintain partnerships with employers and community agencies.
• EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE – Associates degree in Human Service or related degree, and 2 years full time paid direct experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities; Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
• CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Etc. - Must be CPR, First Aid and SCIP-R certified. A valid NYS drivers license, and agency approval of driving record according to agency policy and procedures.
• COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Command of the English language exhibiting the ability to verbally communicate, read and interpret general education periodicals/professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations; write and comprehend routine instructions, short correspondence, reports, etc. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to parents, students, and other employees of the organization etc.
• OTHER SKILLS & ABILITIES - Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. The job coach must have the ability to represent the job seeker as a valuable asset businesses while also being able to identify and facilitate necessary supports for the individual to become a successful employee; Basic computer skills; ability to prioritize and organize his/her own schedule; ability to read a map, use technology to obtain directions around all of the WNY region; have own reliable vehicle for use in travel around WNY areas.
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