Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Medical & Health
4 Year Degree
Scope: Provides job preparation and employment assistance to clients with severe forms of mental illness.
The Employment Specialist will participate as part Adult Division engaged in providing comprehensive treatment services to clients with mental illness.
Within this context, the Employment Specialist will be responsible for providing ongoing vocational services and addressing administrative duties.
Service Provision 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 staffing’s and developing written rehabilitation service 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), the funding body of Vocational Services.
Observe and implement DHS/DRS 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 Manager of Behavioral Health Adult Outpatient and Employment Services.
Receive administrative input from Program Manager 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 Manager, 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.
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.
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.
Education and Experience
Bachelors Degree from an accredited university in the behavioral sciences
or related field is preferred.
Previous experience in the vocational rehabilitation field is required.
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.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee will travel by automobile between client work sites for supervision/support.
Employee is required to drive in the community as much as 25% of the time.
Part Time, Hourly, Up to 25 hours per week
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule in response to the needs of the target population including evenings and Saturdays.
Kenneth Young Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Kenneth Young Center
Kenneth Young Center is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, comprehensive provider of mental health and senior citizens' support services. Our mission is to help people "feel good, do better and find solutions" by providing: Counseling for adults, children, families. Assessment, stabilization, linkage for adults/children in psychiatric crisis. Treatment, support, and recovery services for those with serious mental illness. Service coordination and in-home services for frail elderly persons. Volunteer opportunities. We are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, a nationally respected body with stringent standards of excellence in care. Kenneth Young Center offers a broad range of exciting employment and internship opportunities. All of our positions contribute directly to our mission of providing mental health and senior services to help people feel good, do better and find solutions. Our employees enjoy: Competitive pay, exceptional benefits and generous paid time off A friendly and supportive work environment Specialized rewards and recognition programs Training and skill development opportunities Challenging and diverse work assignments Personal development and career experience