Employment Support Specialist


Liberty ARC Amsterdam , New York 12010

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Look no further...Liberty ARC is the place for you! We offer the chance to have a fulfilling career, with numerous opportunities to make a REAL difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Recently named a Times Union Top Workplace, Liberty ARC is proud of our more than 60 years of providing top-quality supports and services.As one of Montgomery Countys largest employers, we strive to ensure that all employees feel like they make a difference and are part of something special. If youre looking for an inspiring profession with many life-long rewards, we want YOU!!!

Employment Support Specialist

Location:Amsterdam, NYFLSA:Non-ExemptReports To:Coordinator of Employment ServicesPhysical Requirements: Walking, standing, sitting, bending, reaching, squatting, kneeling, twisting, ability to push/pull heavy loads, ability to lift 50lbs.Hours of Work:Full Time,37.5 hoursa week. Some travelrequired,mustbe willing to work flexible hours (evenings/weekends).

Job Summary:This position supports people with disabilities in preparing for the workforce through education, training, andjobreadiness preparation. Theemployment specialistwill work closely with businesses and community partners to help identify qualified candidates for various positions.

Job Qualifications:

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  • High school diploma or equivalent.
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  • A minimum of two years of experience inprovidingservices to persons who have disabling conditions (experience in in vocational rehabilitation preferred).
  • 3.
  • Valid drivers license w/ no drug or alcohol related violations, excessiveaccidentsor excessive points.
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  • Ability to read, write and speak the English language required, ability to read, write and speak the Spanish languagepreferred.
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  • History working in various competitive employmentsettings.
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  • Knowledge of the local job market.
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  • Ability to communicate effectively and present both one on one and in group settings.

    Major Responsibilities:

  • The overall duties center aroundprovidingperson-centered employment planning and support services thatprovideassistanceforan individual to prepare for, obtain,maintain, or advance in competitive employment.
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  • Participate in community events such as open houses, grand openings and job fairs asrequested.
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  • Collaborate with local schools, employers,fundersand other community partners to develop relationships and navigate work experiences and supports for individuals supported.
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  • Participate in ongoing training and staff development activities associated with provisions employmentservices.
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  • Develop job leads and work experience opportunities for individualssupported.
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  • Assure that job placement matches the skill set, interest & abilities ofindividuals.
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  • Communicate and coordinate amongst co-workers and team members toidentifyjob placement opportunities for all individuals receivingservices.
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  • Conduct pre-employment services including but not limited to youth transition, interview preparation, benefits navigation, travel training, development of natural supports and referral for other services.
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  • Job coach individuals at the job site at the intensity and frequency that is needed by the consumer.
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  • Communicate employer expectations of performance and employee behaviors.
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  • Promote on the job training for individuals to learn or develop skills essential to theirjob.
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  • Foster opportunities to educate and engage employers to understand andutilizetax incentives, work try-outs, on the job training andaccommodations.
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  • Complete all necessary paperworkfor pre-employment, placement, intensive & extendedservices.
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  • Meet milestones goals and performance indicators for pre-employment,placement,and retentionservices.
  • 14.
  • Provideperson centered individual support in all areas of supported employment reflective of individuals personal outcomes and goals.
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  • Conduct periodic reassessment and alteration of strategies, asappropriate tothe personsneeds.
  • 16.
  • Advocacy with other service providers, the persons natural supports and employers to promote adjustment and employmentretention.
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  • Attend ISP meetings/reviews and other review meetings for individuals oncaseload.
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  • Coordinate services in the community foreach individualas needdictates.
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  • Maintain up-to-date andaccuratecase records for each consumer on caseload (progress notes, implementation plans, ISP updates and otheras prescribed bypolicies and procedures.
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  • Assure servicesprovideduphold quality,integrityandcompliance.
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  • Perform other duties and trainings asassigned.

    Disclaimer The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skillsrequired ofpersonnel so classified. Liberty reserves the right at its sole discretion to amend its policies, programs and/or guidelines, including the contents of this job description, at any time without prior notice.

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