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Supported Employment - Kalamazoo

Job Type: 
Full-Time
Department: 
AES - Kalamazoo
Description: 

Provide effective, recovery based supported employment services as part of Action Employment Services (AES) team.

Starting Salary will be $14.42 per hour.  A higher rate will be considered for candidates with previous experience.

Responsibilities: 

Assist with job development, job coaching, and employer contacts for all assigned recipients based on their person-centered vocational plans.

Provide assistance to individuals to obtain necessary job-related skills such as interviewing, resume preparation, job searches in one-to-one and group formats.     

Transport individuals to appointments related to their employment goals.

Provide skills training as needed in areas such as riding the bus, hygiene, personal appearance for interviews or work, etc.

Obtain/demonstrate knowledge about evidence-based supported employment, Social Security benefits, the Ticket to Work program, and other vocational resources in the community.

Provide one-to-one recovery coaching tailored to the specific recovery targets of individuals and based on careful self-disclosure, offering hope, empathy, reflective statements, and teaching personal responsibility.   

Collaborate with referral sources and primary clinicians to assure individuals’ employment needs are incorporated into their full treatment. Also participate in assessment and person-centered planning activities that promote coordination of services.

Requirements: 

Minimum Requirements:  Two years of college preferred and/or experience working with the target population.  Experience as a recipient of mental health and/or substance abuse services who has achieved a level of recovery consistent with performance of the job duties.  Interest in working with individuals with multiple disabilities to help them achieve recovery is required.  Good communication, negotiation skills, organizational ability, and problem-solving skills needed.  Completion of Peer Support Specialist and/or Employment Training Specialist certification preferred. Valid Michigan’s 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.

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