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Employment Specialist - ACT Team
Job Code:11593
Location:Brunswick 04011
Department:ACT Team
FT/PT Status:Full Time
  
Summary:
$5,000 Sign-On Bonus!

Provide specialized vocational assessment and support services, including promotion of job readiness, opportunities and placement, along with a variety of clinical and community support services to adults with serious mental illness in order to promote their integration into the community of their choice and to assist them in achieving their life goals.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Vocational/Employment Duties and Responsibilities
• Provide vocational assessment, vocational goal setting/planning, job placement, and follow-up support.
• Assess rehabilitation readiness, perform functional assessments, and help determine client strengths and interests in conjunction with 
   client’s psychosocial assessment.
• Help develop employment-search related skills (resume writing, interviewing, filling out applications, making calls to prospective 
   employers).
• Assist clients in identifying options for jobs, volunteer, and training opportunities.
• Achieve vocational placements by locating best fit placements and helping to create reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
• Support clients in maintaining employment, training, education and volunteer activities.
• Facilitate transportation to and from interviews, training, education, job, volunteer activities.
• Facilitate utilization of employment and training services already available in the community.
• Establish relationships with local employers. Act as liaison/contact person to employers. Develop employment focused partnerships in 
   support of work opportunities for clients in the greater Brunswick area.
• Establish and maintain relationships with agencies that provide employment and training services.
• Provide psycho-education regarding employing people with mental illness.
• Research and develop new ways to increase opportunities for clients to work/volunteer/have generative activity (grants, new programs, 
   existing programs)
• Collaborate with team members regarding vocational/educational goals, sharing specialized expertise vocational rehabilitation field.
• Provide collaborative support, in conjunction with adult community support workers and clinicians, in assisting clients to reach their 
   vocational and educational goals ISP goals.

Clinical Duties and Responsibilities
• Complete comprehensive assessments and develop treatment plans in collaboration with client.
• Provide case management services to the clients, including:
      o Street and community outreach;
      o Housing location/stabilization;
      o Assisting in provision and maintenance of basic needs (e.g. food, clothing, etc.);
      o Linkage and support with other services such as vocational, educational, social/recreational, and transportation;
      o Quarterly outcome report to the state on number of our clients working in competitive employment.
      o Linkage with and advocacy for entitlements such as Medicaid and Social Security; 
      o Participating in discharge planning when clients are hospitalized.
• Coordinate with other service providers and/or family members involved with the client.
• Provide medication education and monitoring, as well as delivery of medication as needed.
• Transport clients as needed (to appointments, shopping, etc.).
• Identify and document unmet needs.
• Assist in skill development of independent living skills.
• Provide supportive counseling and problem-solving assistance.
• Supervise student interns, as assigned.
• Provide transportation to clients, exercising judgment consistent with clinically accepted standards of community practice in determining whether to transport a particular client.

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s Degree

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
• Certified Rehabilitation Counselor certification or designation as a Certified Employment Specialist under DBDS Section 17 regulations 
   required.
• Valid state driver’s license.
MHRTc (or eligible) preferred
  
    

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