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Supported Employment Specialist
West Hartford, CT
To provide persons served by the agency with support, direction, supervision, and training specific to the individual service plan that is based on a variety of assessments, vocational assessment instruments, team meetings and behavioral data. The service plan is developed with input from the team members and is used to drive the services provided to the person served. The Supported Employment Specialist is working under the Supervision of the Team Leader, Program Coordinator and Program Manager.
Role and Responsibilities
Orientation and Training
The Employment Specialist is responsible for assisting with the implementation and completion of orientation plans for persons entering, transferring to, or re-entering into agency services.
Monitoring and Tracking Progress of Persons Served
The Employment Specialist assists with the development of the Individual Service Plan and the creation of goals and objectives.
Administers tools that evaluate performance (i.e. observations, vocational and skill assessments, interest inventories)
Implements vocational plans and accurately documents progress and areas of concern
Implements behavioral support plans and documents progress
Prepares and presents progress summaries/reports at staff/team meetings as requested
Plans for and provides interesting and challenging activities (in alignment with the individual's plan) during downtime and free time
Reports all incidents/accidents to supervisors and rehab counselors in a timely manner by conveying accurate and required information. Documents on the appropriate forms and submits as required.
Task - Monitoring Program/Work Area and Activities
The Employment Specialist is responsible for preparing the work/activities to be completed by the individual(s) and for monitoring flow from setup to task completion. Specific responsibilities include:
Ensures that quality control procedures are followed and corrects/reports deficiencies immediately
Calculates and documents production rates in a timely and accurate manner for payroll and for work measurement (time studies)
Task Work Safety
Must be familiar with all CW Resources, Inc. Health and Safety rules and regulations. Must be alert to potentially dangerous situations that may cause injury. Must know and follow all health and safety requirements required to perform stated duties. The Employment Specialist is responsible for the safety of self, co-workers, and persons served under his/her supervision.
Specific responsibilities include:
Understands and maintains the required level of supervision in accordance with the individual service plan and/or as instructed by supervisor
Monitors persons served during work and free time and provides guidance, direction and intervention as needed
Provides crisis intervention and approved psychological and physical management techniques (PMT) guidance as necessary
Knows and protects the human rights of consumers
Attends to site safety concerns (i.e. removes/reports hazards and issues)
Task - Transportation
The Employment Specialist must transport individuals to and from assigned activities in a safe manner and ensure that all passengers are properly secured.
Must have and maintain clean, valid Public Service Drivers License in accordance with agency policy.
Adheres to program specific procedures regarding vehicle maintenance and care.
Task - Other Duties
Will perform any other job-related functions that are assigned by his/her supervisor.
Must be able to work as a 1 to 1 with someone with a disability
Must be hardworking
Must be computer literate
Must have experience in the field
Qualifications and education requirements
Associate Degree preferred
High School Diploma or GED Required
First Aid Certification
Physical & Psychological Management Training
Public Service License preferred
Decision making skills
Effective verbal & listening skills
Time management skills
Ability to work under little supervision
Sound work ethics
Honest and trustworthy
The Supported Employment position can be a physically demanding position. While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to reach using hands or arms. The incumbent must spend the entire time at work standing, walking, lifting heavy objects etc. The incumbent must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or more than 70 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus. It is important to note that the Job Developer may have to transfer individuals from chairs to wheelchairs. The Supported Employment Specialist may have to attend to personal care issues of others. If an injury were to occur at work it could result in loss of work time due to causes such as back injuries, fracture, and etc.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made. The Job Developer may be exposed to the outdoors.
The incumbent will have to pass background check prior to hire and going, may be subject to drug screening.