Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities wishes to announce upcoming employment opportunities for Employer Representative with its Bridges From School to Work program. To express your interest, please respond with a resume and cover letter.
The Marriott Foundation Bridges from school to work program assists youth with disabilities to find and maintain competitive employment. As an Employer Representative you will provide pre-employment training, develop appropriate employment opportunities, assist with job search and interviewing, and teach job retention skills to youth ages 17 to 24. The Employer Representative has primary responsibility for the service delivery components of the Bridges program. Successful fulfillment of this responsibility will require that they:
Develop and sustain a commitment to employment and vocational growth for youth with disabilities among a range of constituents including the youth, their families and teachers, local employers and a network of other local resources;
Provide direct support and direction to each of these constituents to achieve program specific goals; and
Record and maintain data and records to document program activity and impact.
Recruit and enroll program participants, requiring strong relationships with staff and administration of assigned high schools or other referral sources and interface with prospective program applicants before commencement of the referral process, to assure their understanding of and enthusiasm for Bridges.
Regular participation in the classroom.
Assess skills, interests and experience of each program participant in a range of interventions that may include one-on-one meetings/interviews, visits with the young person and their families in the home, group activities such as job clubs, and training sessions.
Identify challenges relative to employment objectives and create specific, practical strategies to address them.
Managing Employer Relations
Develop active pool of employers that can offer jobs consistent with employment objectives of participants. Requires a wide range of coordinated efforts that may include cold calling, active participation in business and trade organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, cultivation of relationships that grow from local outreach activities and an awareness of the dynamics and priorities of the local labor market.
Assess critical success factors for specific jobs, and develop job matches that benefit both the young person and the employer by maintaining a strong familiarity with the dynamics of individual jobs and workplaces on the employer side and the strengths, interests and challenges of each young person.
Provide appropriate support to all involved (youth and employers) to assure employment success and vocational growth. Support may include (but is not limited to): assistance with initial training and orientation to the workplace including some ‘job coaching,’ guidance regarding modification of training materials and approaches to fit the individual’s learning style, assistance with public transportation or other peripheral issues that may impact employment success, appraisal and assistance with employer job accommodations, facilitation of regular formal appraisals of on-the-job performance, and assistance in identifying and accessing necessary off-the-job supports or development opportunities (training, assistive equipment, etc.) to help ensure vocational growth and success.
Maintain participant files and program data base as required in a timely, complete and accurate manner.
Identify what resources, present in the community but external to the program, are needed for participant success, and coordinate the application of those resources to the individual situation. Resources may cover a wide range of needs from additional vocational skills training to funding and technical support for assistive equipment, to assistance with transportation, clothing, life skills, or personal challenges.
Maintain knowledge of resources available in all of these areas and relationships with the individuals and organizations that offer these resources so that they are readily available as required.
Cultivate and nurture positive, mutually beneficial relationships with a wide range of employers, key staff within the public schools (or other referral organizations), the youth (and their families) with whom they work, other organizations within the community that offer resources that might be supportive of Bridges efforts.
Reach out to each of the entities named, meet with them to develop an understanding and appreciation of their needs and requirements; effectively communicate to them the mission, activities and needs of the Bridges program; and identify the shared objectives towards which each party can contribute.
Share job leads and resources with team members.
A four-year college degree or equivalent formal training and significant experience in school-to-work transition (work with students with disabilities desirable); job development, employment support, or case management (work with students with disabilities desirable); sales and marketing; extensive private sector business experience.
Additional Salary Information: Annual bonus is available.
About Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities
The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities operates Bridges From School to Work, a program to assist youth with disabilities acquire employment as they transition from high school.