Disability types taken in placement: IDD, MI, BI, Related conditions
male or female: either
Age range: 18-65
(Intellectual Disability (DD), Mental Health(MI), Autism, Chronic Illness, Hearing Loss and Deafness, Intellectual Disability (DD) Learning Disability, Memory Loss, Physical Disability (Wheelchair accessible), Vision Loss, Behavioral)
Funding Types Accepted: Waiver
Supported Employment details: N/A
Staff Ratio/Staff Qualification: per individual
How many people currently in Home or that your service:2
How many people you can have in total:4
Activities provided by Facility/company: per individual
Activities near the area (shopping malls, activity centers): city activities
PHOTOS: Exterior of facility, photos of people/staff (make sure to get a release)
Qualifications of Provider. Education, experience, training, time running business
How many openings (if any):2
Job Posting: Detroit Lakes
Job Summary/Description: Are you someone who can motivate others and have strong desire to help others succeed? Blue Sky, Inc. Provides individualized training and follow-up support services, which enhances stability and job retention for our participants in employment situations. The Employment Specialist carries out the services of the Customized Employment (CE) & Supported Employment (SE) programs by assisting participants in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment that is consistent with their vocational goals. Job requirements include:
- Engage participants and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in community job settings with other workers without disabilities.
- Assist participants in obtaining information about their benefits (e.g., SSI, Medicaid, etc.) and how they will be affected by employment to help clients make good decisions about employment opportunities. Helps participants to access benefits counseling when making changes in work hours and pay.
- Assesses participants’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences. Completes vocational profile for each new participant with information from the participant, IDT, and with permission, family members or past employers. Updates the profile with each new job experience.
- Provides, with the participant’s permission, education and support to family members about work and gathers input about skills, interests, and strengths of the client and ideas for support.
- Discusses participant’s preference for disclosure of disability status to employers, including possible costs and benefits and specific information to be disclosed. Provides assistance with the job search regardless of participant’s preferences regarding disclosure (i.e., support without employer contact when participant chooses not to disclose).
- Develops an individual employment plan with the participant, case manager, other treatment team providers (for example, the VR counselor) and updates it quarterly.
- Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of CE/SE.
- Conducts at least six employer contacts each week to learn about local businesses and employer needs, to talk about specific participant who are looking for work and/or to talk about employer services offered by the SE program.
- Supports participants making employer contacts about job information and/or job interviews within 30 days of program entry.
- Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist participants in maintaining employment. Provides frequent face-to-face supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily and desired by clients.
- Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by participants, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with the employer.
- Provides outreach services as necessary to participant when they appear to disengage from the service. Uses a variety of methods to provide outreach.
- Participates in meetings with IDT and communicates individually with team members between meetings in order to coordinate and integrate vocational services and program. Employment specialist helps the team think about employment for people who haven’t yet been referred to customized employment/supported employment services.
- Attends (potentially) monthly meetings with VR counselors to discuss possible referrals and shared clients.
- Spends at least 65% or more of total scheduled work hours in the community engaging participants, contacting employers for job development, and providing follow-along supports.
- Provides supported education, using principles similar to CE/SE, for participants who express interest in education to advance their employment goals.
Job Requirements: Candidate must have excellent communication skills, ability to set priorities, and good understanding job/employment resources. Degree, diploma, or certificate in human services or related field strongly preferred. Previous experience may be substituted for education. Experience working with individuals with disabilities preferred.
Location: Detroit Lakes
Application Instructions: Resume/Application available on website at http://www.blueskyi.info
Blue Sky, Inc provides a casual work environment with full-time benefits including; retirement plan, holiday pay, and comprehensive PTO.