Employment Specialist IV - Vocational Services

MaineHealth | Biddeford, ME

Posted Date 2/14/2020
  • Position Summary
    • If you:
      - currently work in social services or education and feel ready for a shift in career direction, and
      - are interested in what other people do for work, and
      - people have told you that you are creative and supportive… 
      The role of Employment Specialist could be a perfect fit for you! 

      The Department of Vocational Services at Maine Medical Center seeks Employment Specialists of all educational backgrounds to work as part of its new initiative with the Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), providing community employment services to individuals referred by BRS in Cumberland and York counties.  Join our dedicated team of committed and caring staff while enjoying the benefits of working for MaineHealth. 

      Employment Specialists help people with disabilities to find employment.  In doing so, Employment Specialists provide counseling, conduct research, support problem-solving, and facilitate change.  They learn about the individuals they serve, focusing on strengths and abilities, and also learn about employer needs to make the best match for both.  Employment Specialists help the individuals they serve to identify a desired career pathway and support them to achieve those goals; providing them with information and resources to empower their decision making and self-advocacy.  Employment Specialists work as part of a team for the individual served, often bringing together stakeholders to achieve the best outcome; they also work together and support each other to make the program the best it can be. 

      Services will be provided to youth and adults of diverse ability/disability.  Current ES Certification (CRC, ACRE) is preferred but can be achieved in the first six months of employment.

  • Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
    • Must be able to communicate and contribute in an interdisciplinary team setting.
    • M.A. or M.S. in Education and/or Counseling (specialty in rehabilitation and/or career counseling), or a B.A. in a related field with at least five (5) years’ experience in supported employment.
    • C.R.C. (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) and/or DMH Employment Specialist Certification, or intent to obtain certification.
    • Knowledge and background: counseling theory, physical and psychological effects of psychiatric disability, socio-economic effects of psychiatric disability, occupational analysis, vocational evaluation and training, and job development. Reflected in one to two years’ experience.
    • Working knowledge of community, service agencies (local and state), federal agencies, financial benefit programs (SS, SSDI, Worker's Compensation).
    • Knowledge of ADA and other employment/disability legislation; i.e. education, employment, accessibility, consumer rights, etc.
    • Must demonstrate technical writing ability specific to the rehabilitation field.
    • Must be able to complete career development plans with consumers' and family involvement.
Job Type
Geographic Region
Maine Beaches

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