Case Management/Social Services, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
Aspire is looking for an Employment Specialist that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve and retain competitive and community-based employment in inclusive competitive work environments. Under the direction of the Director of Community Employment, the Employment Specialist collaborates with an integrated training and employment team to prepare individuals for job placement and provides supports that promote retention. Employment Specialists also assist in the execution of inclusive employment consulting engagements under the direction of the Director of Community Employment, working with employers to build embracing and inclusive environments.
Support individuals by following individualized plan for seeking employment which may include the following activities: development of resumes and cover letters; building a job search network including on-line networking; conducting job searches and identifying job leads; completion and submission of applications; practice interviewing; and job-related communications.
Manage a caseload of job seekers. Maintains and updates case file per requirements.
Conduct assessments when necessary to determine skills and abilities of an individual to assist in the job matching process.
Develop and execute an Individual Placement Plan with each individual.
Document participant progress and activity through case notes, job coaching reports, staffing and progress reports.
Attend team meetings/staffings per DRS requirements.
Complete reporting and service requirements of DRS contract.
Maintain an awareness of local job market and opportunities in various industries.
Market Aspire’s employment services with employers and referral sources.
Assist individuals in securing community employment. Screen for employer requirements and individual’s skills to secure a successful match.
Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred. HS diploma/GED with a minimum of 3 years related work experience.
Experience working with adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities preferred.
Valid Illinois Driver’s License with good driving record.
Ability to obtain and maintain PACE certification.
Minimum of 23 years of age.
Effective oral and written communication skills; ability to write reports.
Ability to maintain confidential information.
Ability to deal tactfully, engaging and courteously with Individuals, employees at all levels, families and the general public.
About Aspire Chicago
Teamwork. Integrity. Excellence. We are Aspire. Voted as one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to work for in the nation, in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, we know that Together, We’re Better!
Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to kids and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. We are one of the most innovative human service non-profits in the Midwest with an incredibly talented and dedicated team of more than 200 and growing.