Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. In 2019, we joined forces with NorthPointe Resources to be one of the most recognized and respected disability service providers across the Chicago metropolitan , Lake County (Illinois), and southeastern Wisconsin areas.
Voted as one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Chicago in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. We know that Together, We’re Better!
Position Summary: The Employment Specialist will collaborate with an integrated training and employment team to prepare individuals with developmental disabilities for job placement. This is a client facing role and will assist in the execution of inclusive employment consulting engagements with community partners, under the direction of the Director of Community Employment.
Assist individuals in securing employment by conducting mock interviews, developing resumes, cover letters, and assisting with the submission of applications
Screen employer requirements and individual’s skill level and abilities to secure a successful employment match, and serve as a liaison between employers and the individuals at worksite
Build a network of relationships with employers and identify job leads, cold calling, and networking
Manage caseloads and document participant progress and activity via case notes, job coaching reports, staffing and progress reports according to the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Attend team and staffing meetings according to the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) requirements
Maintain an awareness of local job market and opportunities in various industries and Market Aspire’s employment services with employers and referral sources
Conduct job analysis with attention to job details and environmental and social factors
Provide ongoing job retention support to ensure the success of placements while developing natural supports at each community-based work location
Create adaptive supports as needed, including but not limited to, checklists, social stories, visual prompts and aids
Provide transitional job coaching and continued coaching as needed
Execute components of inclusive employment consulting engagements as well as create support fade out plans
Provide transportation as needed
Cooperates with compliance and quality improvement initiatives and protocols
Additional duties as assigned
High School diploma or equivalent- required
Bachelor’s degree in related field -preferred
Minimum of 1 year related work experience in related field
Experience working with adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities -preferred
Valid Illinois Driver’s License with good driving record-required
Minimum of 23 years of age
Professional demeanor while client facing
Strong relationship-building skills with exceptional attention to detail
Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to write reports
Ability to maintain confidential information
Flexible schedule with availability to work evening and weekends
Ability to deal tactfully, engaging and courteously with Individuals, employees at all levels, families and the general public
Aspire provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
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.