KENNETH YOUNG CENTER
POSITION DESCRIPTION & POSTING
EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST (FT or PT AVAILABLE)
Job Scope: Provides job preparation and employment assistance to clients with severe forms of mental illness.
Essential Functions: The work environment characteristics, responsibilities, and competencies described here are representative of those an employee encounters and is required to perform while meeting the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
I. Primary Responsibilities
A. Program Responsibilities
- The Employment Specialist will participate as part of the Adult Division engaged in providing comprehensive treatment services to clients with severe forms of mental illness.
- Within this context, the Employment Specialist will be responsible for ongoing clinical and administrative duties.
B. Clinical Responsibilities
- Provide assessment, evaluation, job placement, support, and training services to program recipients. This will include but is not limited to providing basic job training in job skills, habits and attitudes; monitoring client progress; conducting staffings, and developing written rehabilitation plans.
- Provision of a full range of vocational services to KYC and DRS clients. This will include community outreach and responsibility for developing comprehensive vocational plans that are reflective of client requests and needs, and insuring that needed services are being delivered
- Familiarization with and utilization of external resources as needed to provide comprehensive services to clients
- Provide support, education and training to employers and potential employers.
- Participate and provide input in Program planning and development meetings.
- Promote client, family, and significant other participation in all treatment services.
- Participate in consultation, as needed, with clients’ family, significant others, and other members of the interdisciplinary team.
- Understand the policies, procedures, rules and regulations of Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitative Services (DHS/DRS), and the Division of Mental Health (DMH), the primary funding sources of Vocational Services.
- Observe and implement DHS-DRS/DMH policies and procedures in the day-to-day operations of vocational programming.
- Cultivate positive, cooperative relationships with DRS counselors.
- Maintain a cooperative relationship with other Center units and programs to assure continuity of care and smooth transition between programs.
- Maintain knowledge of external resources and ensure that clients are able to access needed services.
- Provide, document, and report clinical services consistent in quality and quantity with published standards and policies of the Center.
- Participate in team meeting and other Agency activities and projects.
- Participate in supervision as required and regular performance evaluations with the Coordinator of Vocational Services.
C. Administrative Duties
- Receive administrative input from Program Coordinator and provide feedback regarding administrative issues.
- Interpret and communicate, at the service delivery level, Center policies and procedures.
- Submit, in a timely fashion, reports and data as required by the Coordinator, KYC policies and procedures, and DRS.
- Participate in Agency orientations and training programs.
- Promote a positive image of KYC services with clients, referral sources, and any contacts with the community at large.=
II. General Competencies
- Promote positive image of KYC with all contacts (customers)
- Exhibit high quality work
- Be a productive member of the staff
- Demonstrate cooperation
- Take the initiative to act on own
- Use excellent judgment
- Communicate clearly
- Make use of supervision
- Contribute to development of a culture of care
III. Core Competencies
- Ability to engage and support clients in finding and retaining gainful employment.
- Ability to cultivate employment opportunities.
- Ability to assess and develop clients’ employment interests, skills, and abilities.
IV. Special Competencies
- Knowledge of Vocational Rehabilitation services for the adult with serious mental illness.
- Ability to train, place, and support consumers with serious mental illness in vocational efforts.
V. Education and Experience
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in the behavioral sciences or related field is preferred.
- Previous experience in the vocational rehabilitation field is required.
VI. Work Environment
- This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
VII. Physical Demands
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, use eyes to see and scan the environment
- The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms; bend or stoop as necessary.
- Employee is occasionally required to carry, move, or transport health records or other objects weighing as much as 25lbs while conducting group and individual therapy sessions.
VIII. Travel Requirements
- While performing the duties of this position, the employee will travel by automobile between client work sites for supervision/support.
- While conducting external KYC business or traveling between sites, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles as well as changing weather and road conditions.
- Employee is required to drive in the community as much as 25% of the time.
IX. Chain of Authority
- Reports to Manager of Adult Behavioral Health & Employment Services
- Full-Time, Non-Exempt Hourly, 37.5 hour work week
- Must work a flexible schedule in response to the needs of the target population served, including evening and Saturday hours.
- Time Keeping – Accurately record hours worked in the electronic timekeeping system (on a daily basis when possible) in accordance with the timekeeping policy and practice.
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Kenneth Young Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kenneth Young Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
Kenneth Young Center expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Kenneth Young Center’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.