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Employment Specialist

Full-time position assisting clients with and without disabilities with pre-vocational needs, onboarding, accommodations requests and job coaching.

May 13, 2022

Employment Specialist(Full Time)
Disability Services

Jewish Family Service is a non-profit human service agency for people of all ages and all walks of life.  Jewish Family Service is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. It is the policy of Jewish Family Service to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The position reports to the Manager of Employment Services.

Job Purpose

Jewish Family Service is seeking a full-time employee to assist clients with and without disabilities with pre-vocational needs, onboarding, accommodations requests and job coaching. .

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develop vocational programs and determine outputs and outcomes.
  • Develop trusting and collaborative relationships with clients and families.
  • Assist clients in developing goals toward competitive employment and develop individual employment plans.
  • Complete pre-vocational tasks with clients including vocational assessments, resume preparation, job search networking techniques, and interviewing skills.
  • Train or mentor clients in vocational skills required to maintain employment including social skills, medication management, personal hygiene, and transportation.
  • Conduct individualized job development and job search directed toward employment consistent with clients’ strengths and goals.
  • Provide on-site support during employment interviews, new hire orientation, first 90 days of employment and then as needed by the client.
  • Advise clients about disclosure methods, reasonable accommodations and provide education to employers as necessary concerning clients’ disabilities.
  • Provide job coaching for clients as requested; and as necessary in collaboration with the employer.
  • Facilitate meetings, with clients’ mental health professionals, case managers and families.
  • Interpret and understand medical, psychological, and vocational assessments.
  • Advise clients about educational resources directed toward their employment goal.
  • Advise clients about government disability benefits.
  • Provide information about community resources to enable clients to focus on their vocational goals.
  • Formulate employment relationships with the business community, providing information about specific clients seeking employment.
  • Develop procedures with employers to assist clients going through the hiring process.
  • Develop marketing tools and presentations for employers.
  • Complete development and outcome progress reports.
  • Review current and new information provided by educational, government and community resources as it relates to vocational counseling and rehabilitation.
  • Review, understand and follow all ethical and legal guidelines.
  • Other assignments as assigned by management.
  • Assist clients with, developmental, psychiatric, and physical disabilities in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment.
  • Bachelor or Master level degree in mental health, social work, social services or human resources.
  • Certification in job placement, job coaching, supported employment provided by the Texas Workforce Commission preferred
  • Additional education certification or training in psychiatric and vocational rehabilitation desirable.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, social media, and internet research.
  • Ability to make informal and formal presentations.
  • Experience working with clients with serious psychiatric illness, developmental, and physical disabilities.
  • Knowledge of community and government resources available to individuals with disabilities.

Working Conditions

In performing the duties of this position, the employee must be able to have sufficient bodily mobility to accomplish essential functions of job. Requires bending, stooping, stretching, and some lifting. Must have fine motor skills to perform typing and writing of reports, etc. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.‍

Physical Requirements

Must be able to meet routine office physical demands including climbing stairs, carrying up to 15-pound objects and possessing the dexterity and vision to operate office computers and equipment.

To apply, please email resume to:

Laura Alter

Manager of Employment Services