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Employment Specialist - Grand Rapids

Job Type: 
Full-Time; M-F; 8 - 5 some evening and weekend hours possible
Department: 
Supported Employment - Grand Rapids
Description: 
  • Provide effective, recovery-based supported employment services
  • Provide community-based direct services to assist individuals to meet their competitive employment goals
  • Assess individual strengths, skills/ interests and assist with identifying suitable competitive employment options.
  • Teach and coach necessary job-related skills
  • Assist with personalized benefits planning to help individuals calculate the amount of money they can earn in relation to their benefits (i.e. Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, and SSDI).
  • Contact potential employers and develop jobs that meet client needs in work settings
  • Maintain regular contact with assigned clinical team(s) to ensure integration of employment and mental health services for mutually served individuals
Requirements: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in human services related field and 1 year experience working with the target population OR combination of 5 years’ related education and experience required.
  • Lived experiences with behavioral health issues are welcomed.
  • Supported employment experience desired.
  • Understanding of Individualized Placement Services (IPS) model helpful
  • Employment Training Specialist certification helpful
  • Effective communication and negotiation, organizational ability, and problem-solving skills required
  • Ability to complete required paperwork timely and properly required
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license and a vehicle to transport clients required
  • Ability to perform work in community settings which may not be barrier-free required
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