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Employment Specialist

Published on January 7, 2022

Location: Bradford, PA

General: Responsible for planning and providing community employment services to individuals with disabilities.

Standard Schedule: Full-Time, 37.5 hours/week (hours vary based on employer/participant needs)

Contact: Brittany Keck, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Resources, bkeck@futuresinc.net, 814-368-4101 Ext. 211, Futures Rehabilitation Center, One Futures Way, Bradford, PA 16701

Education Requirements: Associate’s degree in a human service field and/or 5 or more years’ experience in human services. Bachelor’s degree and experience in a related field is preferred.

Position Requirements: Possess a strong working knowledge of all regulations pertaining to employment services, as well as excellent written, verbal and organizational skills. Maintain a professional attitude and appearance. Personal qualifications include the ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously, deal with changing priorities, to interpret programs to the community, attention to detail, leadership, clinical knowledge, supervisor abilities, the ability to work in a team environment with all levels of the organization and the understandings of individual needs. Must have reliable transportation.

Physical and Training Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, kneel, lift up to 50 pounds and to reach with both hands and arms. Will be required to travel. Must have a valid driver’s license. Required to pass a PA State Police criminal record history check and/or or FBI criminal record history check if not a resident of PA. Required to have ACRE/CESP certifications. Required to complete annual training each fiscal year in a total of (24) hours in various training categories to ensure compliance with State regulations.

Specific Responsibilities:
• Provide pre-employment training; filling out job applications, interview preparation, socialization skills, transportation, hygiene, punctuality, etc.
• Act as an advocate for participants in the workplace as well as in the community
• Working knowledge of Social Security benefits and work incentives, tax incentives for employers, and other information relative to community employment for participants
• Provides community employment services and contracted services with OVR (Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)
• Provides job coaching and community based work assessments
• Seek and develop appropriate jobs for participants
• Coordinate with referring agencies to determine needs for services
• Acquire, maintain and secure all relevant referral/participant documentation
• Provide transportation for participants to employment related activities as required
• Uses discretion and independent judgment in handling confidential and sensitive information in connection with Agency business
• Ensure adherence to legal and company policies and procedures
• Work in cooperation with other community agencies, businesses, and providers as needed
• Promote, maintain and model behavior that demonstrates respect for others and acknowledges the needs and rights of the participants we support
• Participate in professional development, staff meetings, and group conferences
• Maintain high professional standards at work with regard to personal behavior and interactions with other staff, individuals, families, and outside agencies
• This job description may not be all-inclusive and duties may be modified when necessary; employees are expected to perform all other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor