Employment Specialist

Keokuk and West Burlington, IA locations.
Basic Job Duties
Provide Community Employment Services (CES) to persons with disabilities - individuals with identified psychiatric, developmental and/or physical impairments with the desired outcome being long term, stable, competitive community employment. Community Employment Services utilizes the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence based fidelity model that includes engagement, intake, assessment, service planning, individualized rapid job search, advocacy, linkage, counseling, on-the job training/coaching, and community support services. Additional responsibilities include job development, competitive placement, job retention, personalized benefit planning and follow along supports. The population to be served includes adults and adolescents with disabilities (16 years and older). Coordination and treatment planning with the interdisciplinary team is an integral component of Community Employment Services.
Education/Training Requirements
Minimum of Bachelor's degree is preferred or equivalent relevant experience; one year of experience in vocational rehabilitation is desirable, as well as some experience working with persons with serious mental illness, developmental disabilities and/or other disabilities.
Other Requirements
Must have reliable transportation, valid driver license, proof of insurance and a good driving record. Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, have good social and assessment skills, have the ability to work independently and interact professionally within the public domain. Must be able to negotiate and problem solve with stakeholders. Must have commitment to work with persons with disabilities and demonstrate a belief in the principles of recovery and empowerment fro person with disabilities. Must be willing to work flexible hours and must possess basic computer navigation and word processing skills. Must attend Blood Borne Pathogens, HIPAA, Corporate Compliance and Security trainings, New Employee Orientation; must complete all appropriate training by deadlines.
Employment is conditional upon passing fingerprint background checks
$12.50 - $15.00 / hour

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