A nonprofit organization which supports youth and adults with disabilities to experience full inclusion in their communities as they learn, work, and pursue their paths to personal success is seeking a Full-time Employment Specialist to join its team in a hybrid capacity to be responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities in obtaining competitive, integrated employment. Successful DSP, Employment Specialists have a strong foundation in job development techniques, as well as an in-depth understanding of customized employment. The DSP, Employment Specialist must use a person-centered approach when working with job seekers, establishing rapport and assisting them in discovering individual interests, talents, and support needs. The team of DSP, Employment Specialists are expected to maintain a working knowledge of appropriate workplace accommodations, as well as resources that employers can access such as tax credits and free or low-cost tools. This role is responsible for advocating for employment of individuals with disabilities and must be comfortable discussing the importance of hiring individuals with disabilities to employers. This is a remote position that is expected to spend significant time in the community building partnerships with local businesses.
- Provide high quality discovery and job development services that result in competitive, integrated employment opportunities for the individuals we support.
- Utilize a person-centered approach to develop an individualized Job Development Plan for each job seeker.
- Using a variety of methods, assist individuals with disabilities in discovering career interests, talents/strengths, areas in need of further development, and support needs.
- Assist individuals in achieving employment goals, documenting all activities and progress as required (i.e., Twinsets logs for DDA-funded individuals; monthly DORS reports, etc.).
- Develop job placement, business engagement and referral source opportunities in Anne Arundel and surrounding counties.
- Maintain ongoing, up-to-date records of all business contacts to assist in expanding company’s network of employer partners.
- Establish relationships with other appropriate community nonprofits and service providers, to collaborate and share resources.
- Establish and maintain working relationships with the business community, local DORS offices and Coordinators of Community Services (CCS) to generate referrals and opportunities.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of community needs, employment trends, and best practices and emerging practices in the field of job development and placement for individuals with disabilities.
- Maintain compliance with all company, DDA, OHCQ, and DORS policies and regulations at all times.
- Actively participate in regular meetings with the Employment Services team.
- Assist participants in developing professional resumes and cover letters, tailored to the types of job they are seeking.
- Professionally represent company during all business interactions, including at business/networking events, individual employer visits, PCP meetings, internal and external trainings, and within the broader community.
- Provide transportation to individuals as needed (i.e., taking individuals to interviews, discovery, community exploration, etc.)
- Driving your own personal vehicle and/or an agency vehicle to provide community and/or employment transportation to the participants.
- Minimum of 1 year of successful experience working in a vocational setting with individuals who have disabilities; experience may include but is not limited to: vocational rehabilitation, work readiness instruction, marketing/staffing/business relations, apprenticeships leading to employment, etc.
- High school diploma or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred.
- Strong written communication to support tasks such as resume writing and employer communication.
- Valid Driver’s license, clean driving record and 3+ years driving experience.
- Must possess a vehicle that will pass company’s transportation safety check as well as proper insurance coverage of vehicle.
- Ability to perform and meet job and physical requirements.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and a broad understanding of (or ability to learn about) technology that supports workforce development and/or virtual service delivery, including apps such as CanPlan, Zoom and Google Voice.
- Required to pass the Certified Employment Services Professional (CESP) exam and maintain CESP certification.
- This is required by the DDA; therefore, the ability to serve in this position is contingent on receiving and maintaining this certification.
Pay: DOE; $18-20/hour
Benefits: Comprehensive Benefit package, including fully paid medical health insurance for employee, matching 403b, and 22 days of PTO to start).
Schedule: Full-time; Hybrid position
Zip code: 21108
Job ID: #64163ES