Employment Specialist

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Starting Wage $16.25! Traveling position which may base out of Hays, Hill City, Norton, or Russell, Kansas. Generally Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm, oncall weekend coverage as needed. Company Car provided.

Identify employment opportunities for individuals receiving services who have long or short term goals of employment. Teach, develop and provide support for individuals receiving or desiring employment services. The treatment of individuals served with dignity and respect is a prime responsibility.Essential Functions

Actively participate as a team member and represent employment services as a Life Planning team member and as a department / agency team member.
Develop goals, outcomes and teaching plans and implement individual programs toward completion of objectives and/or service recommendations as defined in the life plan and implement the plans.
Maintain and update service supports and information for employment for assigned caseload.
Be informed of the rights of individuals served and ensure these rights are maintained at all times through appropriate verbal and physical interactions.
Locate, assess and task analyze potential jobs.
Assist individuals with initial and ongoing support needed in the employment environment, including on the job training.
Market Employment Connections through the development of employment opportunities in communities.
Participate in community organizations for planning and developing networks that enhance employment relationships (Chamber of Commerce, United Way, etc.) as assigned.
Assist in accessing and coordinating support services with other providers.
Teach and provide opportunities for Working Supervisors to provide input and feedback on the person’s goals and outcomes (teaching plans, as assigned).
Review the Working Supervisors notes and routinely participate in the Work Crew monthly meetings, as assigned.
Work in conjunction with Transition from School to Work programs, DCF, and Vocational and Rehabilitation programs, grants, etc., as assigned.
Complete referrals/and assessment evaluations referred by Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation as assigned.
Complete, maintain and submit all required documentation for Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services, as assigned.
Establish and maintain production quality and quantity standards for each contract and/or production area, contract, crew or enclave, as assigned.
Develop workflow schedules to meet production requirements and to meet the completion of work performed on contracts.
Complete all required documentation related to services provided to include individual’s served pay, schedule, DSNWK attendance sheets, injury reports, transportation, individual data, communication logs, etc.
Responsible for the general cleanliness, fuel, and proper documentation of assigned vehicles.
Routinely communicate written and verbally with interactions with co-workers, persons served and other team members.
Participate in planning and attending department and agency functions and events outside normal working hours, as designated by supervisor.
Maintains employment file(s) for individual served and contract file (s) as assigned.
Attend initial and ongoing training in a timely manner to meet the needs of individuals served and meetings as requested by supervisor.
Report health and safety, licensing and ANE issues to appropriate personnel per agency policy.

Other Responsibilities

Ability to use computer for contacts, contractors, documentation and communication.
Participate in employment service on call coverage for Working Supervisors and job contracts, as assigned.
Represent DSNWK with professionalism and persons served in an advocacy role in all activities.
Must be able to meet requirements of jobs held by individual(s) for whom services and supports are provided.
May provide community supports with individuals.
Complete other duties as assigned by the Employment Services Manager.
This position is not subject to the two year training period as defined by KPERS (exception – Atwood positions will be subject to training period).

Job Specifications
Education – High School diploma or equivalent preferred. ETS certification preferred.

Experience – One year of human services experience required. Prior personal or job related exposure to people with developmental disabilities preferred.

Extent of physical effort required – Routine job requirements. Little if any behavior or other physical intervention. Must be physically able to evacuate individuals served in the event of an emergency and be able to apply necessary behavior management techniques as directed by the individual’s life plan. Position may have other physical requirements for specific work sites, i.e. climbing stairs, extended periods of standing, etc. Must be able to meet physical requirements of jobs occupied by individuals being supported.

Other Requirements

1. Desire to work with individuals with developmental disabilities.

2. Within one year of full-time employment, enrollment and completion of the Employment training and certification requirements.

3. Complete and maintain Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) certification. (will train)

4. Valid driver’s license.

5. Ability to communicate written and verbally with regards to interactions with co-workers, persons served and other team members.

6. Complete and maintain First Aid/CPR certification. (will train)

7. Complete MANDT training, as assigned. (will train)

8. Complete and maintain RTAP certification, as assigned. (will train)

9. Able to exercise good judgment and discretion in handling confidential information.

10. Must be able to meet requirements of jobs held by individual(s) receiving supports.

Interested applicants me apply at https://dsnwk.e3applicants.com/careers/

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