Sarah, Inc. Employment Specialist in Westbrook, Connecticut

OBJECTIVE:

Assist individuals served by SARAH Inc. to secure meaningful employment and to provide and/or arrange the necessary job supports to ensure success.

SUPERVISOR: Director of Day and Employment Services

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. High school diploma required.

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience providing employment and/or transition supports to people with differing abilities.

  • Must be able to provide support and services utilizing community based resources.

  • Must be over 21 and possess a valid Connecticut driver’s license, have an acceptable driving history and be able to utilize your own vehicle for SARAH business as defined by SARAH Inc.’s policy.

HOURS OF DUTY: Non-exempt Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. Flexible Schedule – may include nights and weekends

SUPERVISION: None

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Meet employment needs of assigned caseload, including but not limited to: career exploration, job placement, career counseling, on and offsite coaching/support, and advocacy. Provide supports, based on individual need to assist service participants to obtain and retain employment.

  • Assist and advise service participants on career development, including but not limited to: resume writing, interview preparation, and best career practices.

  • Provide training, support and monitoring at employment sites.

  • Provide individualized follow-along supports to assist service participants in maintaining employment. Write job support plans, incorporating input from the interdisciplinary team.

  • Provide transportation and/or assist in securing appropriate transportation to secure employment.

  • Ensure each participant has a current and comprehensive electronic data base for all employment related information: assessments, work history, resume, job applications, interviews, positions, and employers.

  • Assist in development of assigned budget and monitor expenses to ensure budget compliance and fiscal accountability.

  • Remain current with systems changes in DDS and other funding agencies, particularly as the changes relate to reimbursement and waiver guidelines.

  • Comply with DDS and other funder reporting requirements.

  • Assist with coverage of Group Supported community based crews as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of person-centered, outcome-based services for people with differing abilities

  • Knowledge of company policies and procedures and applicable regulatory requirements and standards

  • Knowledge of community resources

  • Skill in supervising and training staff in a positive manner

  • Skill in planning and organizing

  • Skill in problem solving and decision making

  • Skill in working with people with differing abilities

  • Skill in operating standard office equipment, computer and various software packages

  • Skill in implementing programs and activities as outlined in the individual support plan

  • Skill in communicating effectively in a courteous and professional manner

  • Skill in writing clearly and concisely to maintain accurate records

  • Ability to read and understand policies and regulations and to translate general guidelines into specific action

  • Ability to read and understand budgets and financial information

  • Ability to outline and perform presentations effectively

  • Ability to demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills necessary to provide guidance and instruction to adults with significant challenges

  • Ability to work successfully, both independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to use adaptive and other equipment

  • Ability to maintain a patient and positive attitude

  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel to varying locations as needed