LifeWorks Austin
  • Workforce Development
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Part Time

LifeWorks is looking for an outgoing and enthusiastic part time, benefit eligible Employment Specialist for our Workforce Development Program!

The Workforce Development Program utilizes the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) model of Supported Employment that is an evidence-based practice developed to help promote the recovery of people who have serious mental illness through work. Extensive research has shown that a job can promote recovery and wellness.

This model recognizes each person's strengths, talents, experiences, and abilities that will be valued in the workplace. It believes in an individual's personal choice and preferences for type of work, as well as their preferences for type of supports to find and keep a job.

The program uses a multidisciplinary team approach and will work in collaboration with other programs and community supports. Services are individualized and long-lasting with the ability to continue in the program regardless of the outcome of their last job or their previous job performance.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Hopeful about every person's ability to succeed in employment.
  • Open minded about helping people move into competitive jobs, regardless of active substance use disorders.
  • Believes that work can help improve wellness in people.
  • Believes that people learn and grow from their experiences.
  • Utilizes a strengths-based approach when serving clients by recognizing each person's skills, experiences, and values that support employment.
  • Is self-directed and can work independently
  • Works well in an interdisciplinary environment

The Employment Specialist conducts weekly employer contacts that are designed to learn about the needs of the business, describe supports offered by the program and describe client strengths that are relevant to the position. They provide education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact by the Employment Specialist with the employer.

SCHEDULE: Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm

DUTIES

  • Assesses clients' vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences.
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment.
  • Writes job support plans with clients and incorporates input from larger client-centered team. Adjusts plan according to clients' needs and preferences.
  • Participates in weekly meetings with team and communicates individually with team members between meetings in order to coordinate and integrate vocational services into other LifeWorks services. Meets with staff from across LifeWorks in order to provide coordinated wrap-around services.
  • Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of the supported employment model.
  • Conducts weekly employer contacts that are designed to learn about the needs of the business, describe supports offered by the program and describe client strengths that are relevant to the position. Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact by the employment specialist with the employer.
  • Provides timely interventions and outreach services as necessary to clients when they appear to disengage from services.
  • Assists clients in obtaining information about their benefits (e.g., SSI, Medicaid, etc.) and how they will be affected by employment in order for clients to make good decisions about employment opportunities. Refers clients to benefits counseling, as needed. Helps clients report earnings, as needed.
  • Provides training by engaging clients in collaborative relationships directed toward job readiness skills such as resume writing, interview skills, and presentation skills, accessing resources in the community, acquiring appropriate pre-employment skills, and long-term career planning and development.
  • Maintains documentation in accordance with agency and program requirements.
  • Develops an individual employment (and/or education) plan with clients. Incorporates input from team and/or family members, with permission.
  • Engages clients and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment.
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in social or behavioral sciences, education, or administrative field, and
  • Requires 5 years related experience; or
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.
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