BONITA HOUSE POSITION DESCRIPTION
IPS Job Developer
Director of Support Services
Lorna D. Jones
Position Description: The Individual Placement and Support Job Developer is responsible for developing relationships with local employers in order to create appropriate job opportunities for clients. S/he must develop and maintain productive working relationships with clients, employers and the employer community to ensure the good reputation of the agency for providing quality placements for employees with disabilities.
Salary: $24/hour + full benefit package
To Apply: Send Resumes to Alicia Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org with IPS Job Developer position in subject line. A letter of reference is not necessary, but please add in your email why you are interested in this position.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
• Engages clients and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in community job settings. Develops an individual employment plan with the client and other treatment team providers and updates it quarterly.
• Assesses clients' vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences.
• Conducts at least six employer contacts each week to learn about local businesses and employer needs, to talk about specific clients who are looking for work and/or to talk about employer services.
• Spends at least 65% or 26 hours per week of total scheduled work hours in the community engaging clients, contacting employers for job development, and providing follow-along supports. Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload.
• Supports clients making employer contacts about job information and/or job interviews within 14 days of receiving authorization from DOR for Employment services benchmarks, Employment Preparation, and Job development and Placement.
• Conducts job site analyses and makes independent and calculated decisions regarding an employer’s appropriateness for clientele. Maintains a highly effective knowledge base regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Educates employers on the ADA and the benefits of employing quality employees with disabilities; identify any potential barriers and work to provide solutions.
• Drive own or agency vehicle to job sites, meetings, and other venues, as required; documenting and reporting mileage according to agency procedures, so that services can be provided in a timely manner; comply with agency vehicle policy at all times.
• Assists clients in obtaining information about their benefits (e.g., SSI, Medicare, etc.) and how they will be affected by employment in order for clients to make good decisions about employment opportunities.
• Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment. Provides frequent face-to-face supports during the first month of a new job and at least once monthly after working steadily and desired by clients.
• Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with the employer.
• Provides outreach services as necessary to clients when they appear to disengage from the service. Uses a variety of methods to provide outreach.
• Comply with all state Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) regulations and CARF standards, as well as all agency policies and procedures.
• Promote within the agency and with the general public the philosophy and practice of IPS/Employment Services.
• Perform other related duties, responsibilities and special projects as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:
• High School Diploma or GED required. Bachelor’s degree in mental health-related field is strongly preferred.
• Minimum one year of demonstrated work experience providing Employment Services to SMI/DD population is strongly preferred.
• Prior sales, marketing, coaching or employment counseling experience is strongly preferred.
• Ability to manage a full caseload of clients independently; make accurate and empathetic decisions concerning rehabilitation plan development and implementation.
• Ability to work compatibly in a team environment and apply the principles and practices of a self-directed team and individual empowerment.
• Knowledge of DOR, the ADA and other state/county regulations relevant to a supported employment program preferred.
• Knowledge of regional workforce development and social service systems is strongly preferred. Knowledge of various job development strategies, local labor market trends in a range of occupational fields, and community resources is strongly preferred.
• Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment including email and Internet navigation required. Experience with Caminar strongly preferred.
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality, a professional demeanor and to represent the organization in a positive manner at all times.
• Oral and written communication—speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings. Completes written progress notes and other formal communications skillfully and professionally