Employment Specialist-VET
Thresholds - Chicago, IL

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Overview:
Thresholds is Illinois' oldest and largest provider of services to people living with severe and persistent mental illness. Thresholds celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2009 and looks forward to continuing its mission to help its members reclaim their lives and achieve hopeful and successful futures. With its 30 service locations and more than 75 housing developments in the Chicago area, Thresholds is a recognized leader in mental health recovery. Thresholds provides excellent opportunities for career development and promotion and has been voted as one of Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work for in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Thresholds encourages individuals who have experienced mental health recovery to apply. EOE M/F/D/V

Responsibilities:
The Thresholds Veterans Project is a new initiative designed to help veterans with mental illness and other barriers, including PTSD, homelessness and/or substance use issues. The Team Leader will supervise and oversee an integrated clinical team at Thresholds. The main areas of focus include employment, housing, integrated health care and income/entitlements.

The Employment Specialist will work as a member of an integrated clinical team at Thresholds. They will be responsible for actively engaging members interested in vocational services as well as responsible for facilitating interviews for employment and job exploration/development/seeking/retention efforts daily. Must document DHS individual services and outcome measures, e.g. electronic billing services, DRS paperwork, etc. Various other duties include but not limited to transporting members to DRS appts.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree, a minimum of five years supervised experience in mental health or human services or the ability to meet Office of Mental Health standards as a Mental Health Professional required.

Must model wellness and interact with respect and regard. Must be able to work in a team effectively. Must have a positive manner and belief in the value of work for everyone. Experience with employment, sales, and/or customer service essential. May substitute sales or customer service experience for BA. Must learn to assess existing symptoms of mental illness and respond to program. Must be able to contribute to the creation of supportive, dynamic and healthy milieu. Must be a self starter, flexible, problem solver.

This person should have good written and verbal communication skills and strong basic computer skills, which include the ability to document services in a clear and effective manner. Experience in the mental health field is strongly preferred.

Employment Specialist will need to be familiar with and utilize Evidence Based Practices – SEP.

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Established in 1959, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of persons with mental illnesses in Illinois each year....