Employment Specialist I
Since 1984, Mosaic Community Services has transformed lives throughout central Maryland. Mosaic is devoted to its mission of enhancing the quality of life and promoting recovery to individuals with mental illness. We are committed to the success of our clients and employees.
An Employment Specialist I’s primary role is to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in normal community settings. Employment specialists conduct all phases of vocational services including engagement, assessment, job search, job development, and job support.
Principal Responsibilities and Duties:
Assertive Engagement and Outreach
1. Meet with clients within one week of referral to the supported employment program.
2. Make outreach attempts as part of initial engagement, and at least weekly when client contact ceases.
3. Demonstrate tolerance of different levels of readiness to work by using encouragement when a client appears unsure of working.
1. Conduct a vocational assessment that includes, but is not limited to the client’s overall rehabilitation goal, work background, interests, talents and skills, preferences, coping strategies, and other work related factors.
2. Explore job possibilities with the client by visiting possible work sites, and doing informational interviews.
Job Search, Job Development, and Placement
1. The employment specialist and the client make contact with employers within the first month of enrollment in the supported employment program. The purpose of the contact may be to secure a specific job or to gather more information about the work site.
2. Assist clients in finding jobs that are interesting and meaningful to them and at the skill level they desire by making employer contacts that are based on the client’s job preferences.
3. Conduct individualized job development by talking to employers about specific clients’ abilities and desires to do a job in their place of business, and using extensive networking to identify potential job leads (talking with family members, friends, staff members, previous employers, community members).
4. Provide individualized, time-unlimited follow-along supports to clients including crisis intervention, job coaching, counseling, and job support groups to help maintain employment.
5. Provide individualized time-unlimited follow-along supports to employers.
Integration with Mental Health Treatment
1. Communicate regularly with service coordination and clinicians, and attends team meetings regularly for clients on caseload.
2. Promote employment options in service coordination and clinical team meetings, even when other staff members may not identify them as candidates for work.
3. Share success regularly with members of the team and meets with the client and service coordinator for goal planning.
4. Provide education and consultation to team members by sharing knowledge of the client in relationship to work.
Participation in Employment Team
1. Actively participates in team meetings/group supervisions weekly and presents client cases to team for guidance, shares successes, and shares job leads.
2. Provides support for other employment specialists’ clients when needed.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
1. Knowledge normally acquired by a Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology or related discipline and/or 1+ years of direct job related experience.
2. Skills sufficient to interact effectively with persons who have psychiatric disabilities in order to gain meaningful participation.
3. Skills and knowledge in performing supported employment activities including identifying and negotiating potential jobs, getting clients integrated into jobs, providing job coaching assistance, and client advocacy with employers and clients.
4. Ability to work autonomously with demonstrated creativity, initiative, and commitment.
5. Knowledge of policies and procedures and the ability to follow them.
6. Must possess a valid Maryland driver’s license, with 3 or fewer points, and a safe driving record. Will require use of own vehicle.
7. Completion of CPR, infection control, aggression management, first aid training and other required trainings and maintenance of certifications in all.
8. Ability to work in a team environment 9. Must be flexible, punctual, and available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as necessary.
Work requires low exposure to risk of physical injury by assaultive clients. There may be exposure to tobacco products through meetings with clients in their living areas.
Reports to Vocational Program Coordinator
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- Pay Type Hourly
- Hiring Rate $14.75
- Travel Required Yes
- Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
- Westminster, MD, USA