Employment Specialist

Employment Options - FT 441

Hours: Monday - Friday 8am-4:30pm (may vary with duties)

Job Summary:

Provides and arranges job development, job coaching, vocational assessments and other services. Identifies, oversees, and provides long term support services relevant to employment.

Essential Functions and Competencies:

  • Develops community locations for employment opportunities for people receiving services from Aspire, Inc. as well as referrals from other sources.
  • Serves as a contact person for Department of Rehabilitation Services counselors and person’s receiving services funded by Department of Rehabilitation Services.
  •  Completes monthly billing information for timely submission.

  • In conjunction with other staff, publishes the quarterly supported employment newsletter.
  • In conjunction with other members of the service team, determines specific goals and objectives for individuals served by Aspire, and the methods by which these goals and objectives can be accomplished.

  • Implements and documents programs and supports as specified by individual service teams and/or Department of Rehabilitation Counselors.

  • Must prioritize, organize, meet timelines, and be detail oriented.

  • Must make important decisions, and exercise discretion and judgment.

  • Must perform multiple tasks at one time.

  • Communicates effectively both orally and written.

  • Must be tactful, pleasant, and utilize a friendly approach when dealing with others.

  • Responsible for equipment and supply requisitions.

  • Attends and responds to emergency situations as they arise.

  • Serves on agency committees as assigned.

  • Assists with personal care of individuals served as needed.

  • Attends regular staff meetings.

  • Familiar with and complies to Aspire, Inc. policies and procedures.

  • Familiar with and complies to applicable accreditation standards.

  • Familiar with and complies to safety and sanitation regulations.

  • Completes, obtains, disseminates, updates and files all applicable forms/reports.

  • Co-plans, conducts, and attends, extracurricular activities, workshops, in-services, and meetings as necessary.

  • Orders/maintains adequate inventory.

  • Maintains assigned inventory.

  • Intervenes with immediate medical, behavioral, or emergency situations. This may include agency approved physical intervention techniques.

  • Advocates for individuals served. Ensures individuals choices and preferences are elicited and respected.

Working Environment:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s responsibilities and essential functions require the following physical demands:  

  • Sitting
  • Standing (for extended periods of time) 
  • Lifting and/or carrying up to 50 pounds (may exceed 50 pounds during medical and safety emergency situation). 
  • Routinely works in a variety of settings inside or outside workplace and throughout the community.
  • Pushing, and/or pulling (i.e. wheelchairs, moving groceries/supplies, etc)
  • Transfers and/or re-positioning people who are not able to move on their own, in a sitting or lying position. 
  • Some climbing and balancing (i.e. stairs, assisting people walking with gait belts, etc), 
  • Some bending, twisting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  


Qualifications:  

  • Minimum of two years college or three years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Basic fluency in oral and written English. 
  • Pass a qualifying criminal background check which includes motor vehicle reports. 
  • Licenses/Required Testing: 
    • A valid driver’s license and evidence of insurability is required upon hire. Must have a safe driving record and be insurable under our insurance.  Employee must be able to successfully complete agency driver’s training course.  
    • Applicant must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test prior to employment.  Employees are subject to testing per Aspire, Inc.’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.  
    • Employees must successfully complete all required agency training.