Employment Specialist

Essential Job Functions:
1. Engages the individual on the topic of school and/or work, particularly competitive employment,
educating them about their opportunities and the benefits of working and school.

2. Completes a pre-vocational assessment that is focused on beneficiary’s strengths and preferences,
and on-the-job assessments, where appropriate.

3. Conducts job development, where the vocational specialist builds relationships with local
businesses and educates them about the services that the vocational specialist provides, collects
information about positions, and, ideally, determines potential for job carving options.

4. Facilitates individualized job placement according to individual’s preferences, with a focus on
competitive employment.

5. Collaborates with the NC IPS-SE Team for case consultation and other job development
activities.

6. Provides job coaching and ongoing supports, assisting the beneficiary in learning the job skills,
navigating the work place, managing work relationships with other employees and supervisor.

7. Provides benefits counseling directly, as well as connects beneficiaries to experts for more
extensive benefits counseling as needed; this includes development of SSI/SSDI Work Incentives
and NC Medicaid Buy-in: Health Coverage For Workers With Disabilities.

8. Facilitates the Person Centered Planning process for individuals assigned.

9. Serves as a consultant and educator to fellow ACT team members on the topic of evidence-based
supported employment, which is the Individual Placement and Support (IPS-SE) model. Provides
case management for an assigned group of clients including coordinating and monitoring the
activities of the individual treatment team.

10. Assumes primary responsibility for developing, writing, implementing, evaluating, and revising
overall treatment goals and plans in conjunction with the Individualized Treatment Team (ITT)

11. Provides individual supportive therapy and system management.

12. Ensures immediate changes are made in treatment plans as client’s needs change.

13. Educates and supports client’s families; and advocates for clients’ rights and preferences.

14. Participates in comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of
illness, past treatment and responses and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical
health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development
and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g. self-care, living situation, nutrition, money
management); and family structure and relationships.

15. Consults with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment
process.

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