Supported Employment Specialist job Providence Rhode Island
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Supported Employment Specialist Job

Employer Name: Goodwill of Southern New England SpiderID: 8549597
Location: Providence, Rhode Island Date Posted: 4/9/2019
Wage: Category: Social Services
Job Code:
Number Of Openings: 1

Job Description:
Job Summary:
Overall Function: Carries out the services of the Supported Employment program by assisting clients to obtain and maintain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals.
*Engages clients and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in community job settings with other workers who do not necessarily have disabilities.
*Develops/updates a Career Development Plan, ISP, Person Centered Plan and other plans as needed with clients and family. Incorporates input from the team and family members, with permission. Once a new case is assigned, the entire ISP Process must be completed within 40 days.
*Ability to work as part of a team to assure the best possible placement of the individual served. This includes following all policies and procedures specific to those outlined in the Goodwill of Southern New England BHDDH Referrals – Supported Employment Process.
*Assesses clients' vocational functioning on ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences. With the client's permission, provides education and support to family members. Discusses client's preference for disclosure of disability to employers.
*Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of supported employment.
*Conducts a minimum of six employer contacts per week. Employer contacts are designed to learn about the needs of the business, describe supports offered by the program and describe client strengths that are relevant to the position.
*Once an individual’s case is opened it is to remain in the records closet and maintain appropriate records to track consumer progress (hours worked, wages, progress notes and other programmatic date. Files should include up-to-date case notes, all original forms including the Person-Centered Plan, Discovery notes, Job Placement and Job Retention Report. Hours billed should also match Social Service Notes.
*Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment.
*Adjusts plan according to clients’ needs and preferences.
*Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients, which may include negotiating job accommodations.
*Provides outreach services as necessary to clients when they appear to disengage from the service. Uses a variety of methods to provide outreach.
*Provides timely interventions. Returns phone calls and reacts to situations in a timely manner. For example, returns client phone calls within 24 hours. Goes to see employers about job loss or job problems within 24 hours. Follows up on job leads within 48 hours. Meets with clients within one week prior to job starts and within three days after job starts.
*Updates referring counselors at least once a month to coordinate services for clients.
*Spends 50% or more of scheduled work hours in the community. For example, meets clients at community locations such as, workplace, coffee shop, meeting with potential employers, library, One-Stop, VR office, family home, etc. or takes clients to or apply for jobs
*Assists clients in obtaining information about their benefits (e.g., SSI, Medicaid, etc.) and how they will be affected by employment in order for clients to make good decisions about employment opportunities. Refers clients to benefits counseling, as needed. Helps clients report earnings, as needed.
*Provides supported education, using principles similar to supported employment, for clients who express interest in education to advance their employment goals.
*Develop job descriptions, task analysis and training plans for newly employed consumers.
*In conjunction with the Coordinator, provide assessment tools to evaluate consumers, document strengths and needs, and develop and implement goals and objectives based on principles of normalization and the developmental model.
*In conjunction with Coordinator establish communications with other human services agencies and assist the consumer in accessing needed services.
*Billable hours will be recorded weekly.
*Completes all reports within two-weeks of service.
*Attend departmental staff meetings and special meetings as required.
*Perform other duties as requested by the Coordinator.

Job Requirements:
*Ability to work independently. Capacity for planning; implementing, and supervising consumers in an integrated work environment.
*Ability to write job descriptions, develop task analysis and develop basic training plans.
*Ability to use discretion and independent judgement.
*Ability to work with people that have severe, profound and multiple disabilities on a daily basis.
*Ability to hand pressure in a positive manner.
*Promotes a positive, professional image and interacts will with co-workers, parents and the community.
*Willingness to participate in and actively increase knowledge in progressive services to people with disabilities.
*Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
*Driver's License, reliable transportation and current proof of insurance.
*Certified in CPR and First Aid.
*Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
*Experience working with people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
*Commitment to agency mission, mission and values.
*Strong knowledge of different learning styles.
*Bachelors, or combination of education and experience, with emphasis in the Vocational Rehabilitation Field.
*Must have BHDDH approved certification within 6 months of hire.
*Performs other duties as assigned by the Adult Services Coordinator, Vice President of Program Services or CEO.

Job Criteria:
Start Date: ASAP
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Years of Experience Required: 2
Education Required: Bachelors
Overnight Travel: None
Vacation Time: 2 weeks / year

Job Benefits:
Health/Dental Benefits, Retirement Benefits, Paid Holidays, Vacations, and Sick Leave, Life and/or Disability Insurance

Company Profile:
GWSN is a progressive, community-based organization committed to its mission to enhance employment, educational, social and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities and other challenges in the south-central Connecticut and Rhode Island

Contact Information:
Contact Name: Christine Yankee Company Type: Employer
Company: Goodwill of Southern New England
City: Providence
State: Rhode Island
Zip: 02904

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