The Workforce Development Specialist – IPS is responsible for conducting vocational assessments and creating employment opportunities through job development which includes: implementing job development strategies, assessing needs of individuals, and matching eligible job seekers with appropriate employer/jobs.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES (FUNCTIONS) include the following:
Builds effective relationships with, and develops a network of, employers willing and able to hire persons with mental health diagnosis.
· Completes referral, admissions, and assessment process for individuals referred to the program.
Conducts meetings to review assessments completed, provide recommendations for vocational planning, as well as establish, review, and adjust goals.
Provides opportunities for career exploration through job shadowing, business tours, work experiences, mock interviewing, and resume development.
Meets with and maintains open and professional communication with individuals, staff, families, funding sources, employers and the business community as needed to meet employment goals.
Uses evidence based practice models, Individual Placement and Support, and other researched methods of job development.
· Coordinates case management services including written job development plans, monthly reports, case notes, and attendance at staffings.
Provides the needed support and technical assistance, to both individuals and employers, when a job has been obtained, which ensures the highest possible satisfaction and success on the job.
Completes and maintains all related documentation including; program evaluation data, monthly progress reports, employer contact logs, as well as any additional required documentation.
Receives clinical supervision from CTS supervisor regarding mental health diagnosis and treatments.
Represents Easterseals, as appropriate, regarding mental health initiatives.
Participates in assigned meetings, professional development, and training as required.
· Achieves monthly productivity standards.
Stays abreast of employment trends and initiatives related to mental health and IPS model to ensure quality and fidelity of the program.
Assists in coordinating the IPS Steering Committee
· Assists in creating and maintaining an employment support group.
Serves as back-up to various program staff, by providing coverage to team members and a summary of events upon their return.
Performs other duties (or functions) as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Bachelor’s Degree in behavioral science, social services or business.
· 1,000 hours of documented supervised post-degree clinical experience with chronically mentally ill persons preferred.
· Experience working with people with serious mental illness, experience providing employment services, and knowledge of the work world are preferred.
· Two (2) or more years of outside sales/employer relationships preferred.
· Must be available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
· Successful physical examination/TB test required.
· Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
· Must have proof of insurance AND meet the requirements of the Employee Driving Policy.
· A Criminal Background Check must meet the requirements of the State of WI licensure for day programming.
· Knowledge of workforce development programs and services, including federal, state and mental health related systems.
· Understanding of mental health and IPS practices.
General working knowledge of Department of Labor Standards.
Ability to model, and develop in others, appropriate work behavior.
Understanding of employer expectations for community employment.
Working knowledge of MS Office Suite applications.
Awareness of disability issues.
Ability to interact with people from culturally diverse backgrounds and display strong customer relation skills.
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
Ability to problem-solve issues.
Self-motivated and able to work independently.
Must be organized and able to handle multiple tasks.
Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines.
· Must exercise sound judgment in making decisions and act accordingly
EQUIPMENT USED/MACHINERY REQUIRED TO OPERATE:
Includes, but is not limited to:
· Stretch wrapper
· Hand Truck and Pump Dolly
· Weigh Scale
· Copy Machine
· Fax Machine
· Heat Sealer
· Operate a motor vehicle safely
· Durable Medical Equipment (as required)
· May be required to lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds.
· Frequently requires sitting, standing, walking, bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching.
· Required to drive, and transport clients, which includes assisting individuals in and out of vehicles as needed.
· Exposed to loud/noisy environments.