Case Management/Social Services, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
The Employment Specialist is an exempt full time 40-hour employee of NAMI Metro-Suburban. This position requires staff to work in the community, in addition to having an onsite office.
Position Purpose: Engage Drop-In Center and community agency participants in a joint effort to move towards competitive employment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee will also perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.
Assures Effective Delivery of Services to Participants:
Assist participants with long-term employment goals through a collaborative effort to gain a work history, and establish a career profile and employment plan, as part of the placement process. This will be done through a full assessment process with the participant.
Conduct job development and job search activities directed toward positions individualized to the interests of the participant.
Conduct at least six employer contacts weekly to learn about employer hiring needs and to match program participants to appropriate job openings.
Place 12 participants into permanent positions every year.
Discuss and process the participants’ preference for psychiatric disclosure to employers, and support the decision of the participant.
Promotes Quality of Service:
Provide support to employers, as agreed upon by program participants, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow along contacts, as offered under the IPS program guidelines.
Provide outreach support to enhance job retention when the need arises.
Refer participants to resources in the community to reduce any barriers on gaining employment (benefits, housing, clothing, etc.).
Maintain and update case files and other program documentation as established for program.
Meet weekly, as arranged, with NAMI Metro Suburban staff involved in the overall support of the program participant enrolled. This may include interfacing with providers of mental health programs where participants are active, with their signed consent.
Develops Relationships and Enhances Sustainability:
Establishes and maintains community and participants contracts that support the NAMI Employment program.
Establishes and maintains a cooperative working relationship with local agencies and business organizations. Job development for possible employment for individuals
Develops new resources and/or identifies existing resources to create new work sites and resources
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
Bachelor’s degree required.
Demonstrated commitment to community service and support of low-income populations. Work experience with adults, living with mental illness, is also desirable.
Have a well-maintained vehicle, valid Illinois driver’s license with insurance, and a good driving record.
Training and working knowledge of computer systems and computer operations with a distinct ability in MS Excel functions and the MS Data base systems Access.
About NAMI Metro Suburban
NAMI METRO SUBURBAN IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, THE LARGEST GRASSROOTS PROVIDER OF EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND ADVOCACY FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY MENTAL ILLNESS. WE HAVE BEEN PROVING HOPE AND RECOVERY FOR OVER 28 YEARS TO RESIDENTS IN OAK PARK, BERWYN, RIVER FOREST, PROVISO AND LYONS TOWNSHIPS