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Employment Specialist - Kalamazoo

Job Type: 
Full-Time
Department: 
Action Employment Services (AES) - Kalamazoo
Description: 

Provide effective, recovery-based supported employment/individual placement and supports services that follows the fidelity model as part of Action Employment Services team.

Responsibilities: 

Participate actively in AES team meetings to enhance understanding of supported employment/IPS fidelity standards, the eight core principles, vocational generalist role, team and individual case assignments.

Contact potential employers and develop jobs that meet varied individual’s needs in competitive community-based work settings.

Provide and coordinate job coaching with other AES staff to promote retention of employment.

Participate flexibly in the team schedule to accommodate the needs and work hours of persons served and address shared duties such as drop-in. 

Utilize outreach and engagement strategies to elicit individuals’ commitment to actively participate in program services.

 Assure completion of required personal and AES outcomes.

Maintain regular contacts with assigned clinical team(s) to ensure integration of employment and mental health services for mutually served individuals, to encourage referrals, and arrange 1:1 contact as needed.

Provide face-to-face services to persons served that maintains a rolling average of 100% of established expectations for this position. 

Requirements: 

Bachelor’s degree and experience working with the target population preferred. Background in vocational, mental health, or related human service field preferred. Employment Training Specialist certification a plus. Effective communication and negotiation, organizational ability, and problem-solving skills.  Valid Michigan driver’s license and a vehicle to transport.  Ability to perform work in community settings which may not be barrier-free.  Knowledgeable about and supportive of culturally-competent, recovery and trauma informed practices. Lived experiences with behavioral health issues are welcomed.

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