The Employment and Education Specialist will engage transition age youth participating in a team-based mental health and addictions treatment program. Using the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, the Employment and Education Specialist will help connect participants to steady, meaningful employment and/or education opportunities.
This position is 40 hours a week, with full medical and dental benefits and 27 paid days off in the first year. Pay range is $17-$18/hr. The application deadline is 7/23/17.
- Participate on a highly active, interdisciplinary team providing community-based, wrap around support using Assertive Community Treatment model.
- Conduct assessments of skills and employability to assist in goal planning and, when needed, benefit attainment for disabled participants.
- Provide individual and group employment skills development.
- Assist youth in obtaining and maintaining employment.
- Assist youth in enrollment and attendance to educational institutions.
- Systematically develop relationships with employers and school personnel to support participants in obtaining and maintaining employment and education goals.
- Help youth become active partners in learning soft skills that support success on the job or in school, assessing their progress, and celebrating gains, persistence and other achievements.
- Participate in crisis planning and crisis intervention.
- Maintain accurate and timely documentation of all services, assessments, achievements and resources given.
- Maintain thorough knowledge of IPS model and support program.
- Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Field (e.g., occupational therapy, teaching, social work).
- Two years’ relevant experience working in workforce development, educational development and/or with young people experiencing homelessness and navigating trauma.
- Ability to work collaboratively and equally well with diverse coworkers, businesses, community partners, and youth with multiple barriers to employment.
- Must have strong knowledge of basic employer expectations, employee rights, budgeting, and how to facilitate soft skills development.
- Training, experience, and skills working with people with mental health and substance use concerns preferred.
- Experience using the IPS model to fidelity preferred.
- Ability to motivate people to reach their goals.
- Professional boundaries and performance at all times.
- Strong computer and written communication skills.