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Employment Specialist IV - Supported Employment

Livermore, CA
Job Type
Salary: $42,641.00 /year

Job Summary

The Employment Specialist IV - Supported Employment - Alameda County is a full‐time / Non‐Exempt / Staff‐in‐Charge position under the management of the Employment Services Director and the Employment Services Program Coordinator:

This position provides supervision, direct support, and community‐based training for individuals with developmental disabilities in theareas of community integration, education, self‐advocacy, self‐care, vocational training, and supported employment; Provides supervision andleadership to staff; Facilitates services to support participants in reaching their individual goals as outlined on their ISP document.

Requires frequent driving, flexibility in work schedule, and flexibility in site assignment, as job duties are carried out throughout Alameda County,at work sites, in the community, and in the office. Futures may at any time, with or without notice, alter or change job responsibilities, reassign ortransfer job position, or assign additional job responsibilities.Levels Supervised: Levels III, II, I; Aides; Community Contract Trainees.

Works with participants in the exploration and development of vocational and educational interests and aptitudes, including opportunities for career growth, and helps access the resources and support necessary to achieve desired outcomes.Department/Program: Employment Services (ES), Tailored Day Services‐Employment Services (TDS‐ES), Tailored Day Service‐Education (TDS‐ED)I.

Supports, trains, and instructs staff and participants in a variety of activities, including advocacy, appropriate behavior, budgeting and money management, communication, computer training, cultural events, health and safety preparation, independent living skills, job skills, mobility,outdoor experiences, personal care training, recreation, social skills, travel training, volunteer jobs, and other designated skills. Supports preparation for job entry by identifying and documenting job/training opportunities. Supports developing and implementing strategies, tools, and techniques to increase job performance. Supports positively reflecting and promoting skills and capabilities. Supports individual engagement to collaborate with employers to support adapting to the work environment. Provides job retention support.

Assists with researching and developing jobs and meaningful work‐related activities, and oversees participants and staff during college, work,and community participation.8. Supervises, trains, and instructs staff and participants in a variety of work‐related activities including resumé development, interviewingpractice, job application completion, and other job preparation skills, such as navigating employment resources, organization, timemanagement, understanding of assignments, and employer expectations, that will lead to employment as appropriate.

Facilitates our participants’ integration through internships, employment, or volunteer opportunities, and negotiates work‐related issues with employers, such as schedule, site modifications, etc., per Director/Coordinator’s approval and guidance. Supports participants in post‐secondary education, including creating, implementing, and following an academic plan, working with campus DSS, applying for financial aid, early registration procedures, class enrollment/withdrawal, and follow up with academic counselor in the eventchanges may occur throughout the semester.

Supports individual engagement to collaborate with school personnel in adapting to environment, advocating for accommodations, andutilizing community resources to achieve desired outcomes. Supports post‐secondary education planning, such as navigating employment resources and exploring vocational interests and careeropportunities.

Acts as an advocate to promote and protect the rights of participants; Ensures individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Ensures participants receive support in choice‐making, self‐expression, creativity, and the skills to advocate for themselves; Ensuresparticipants have access to legal entities, self‐help support services, and advocacy support services; Supports participants in advocacy and selfadvocacyactions. Supervises, trains, and instructs staff in providing participant care, training, and supervision, and supervises and trains staff and participants inhealthy and safe practices as well as in safe use of supplies and equipment.

Supervises and trains staff in and assists participants with communication and accessibility, including the use of assistive technology,communication devices, and adaptive equipment. Trains and oversees staff and participants in researching community activities, events, and destinations, determining accessibility andpracticality, planning trips to desired locations, arranging/accessing transportation, and attending outings with participants (during workbreaks, when applicable). Trains and oversees staff and participants in travel training and transportation skills. Drives personal vehicle to provide services, pick up/deliver supplies, and run errands as needed, and drives agency vehicles (van, truck, sedan,mini‐bus) to provide services as needed.

Assists with participant intakes, placement, and job retention issues as needed for individual and/or group placements, including phone calls,site visits, and case notes of all issues of advocacy. Conducts and/or oversees Situational Assessments and task analysis, and subsequent reporting; Uses information gained to help the individualidentify possible job interests, locate potential employers, and apply, and supports interviews leading to employment outcomes; this mayinclude identifying job lead resources and regularly tracking job openings. Analyzes job tasks to develop training programs. Oversees and maintains participants’ permanent files, participant database, and participant records; Documents and maintains all participant personal, program, and emergency information.

Develops Individual Service Plans (ISP’s/IHSP’s), including the supports, activities, and resources required for participants to achieve personalgoals; Oversees and completes daily casenoting; Evaluates and summarizes participant progress in written form for annual and semi‐annual meetings; Prepares and/or reviews ISP/IHSP summaries; Attends annual and semi‐annual meetings.

Updates changes in goals and information; Prints monthly ISP/IHSP sheets. Assists with all aspects of participant case closures. Records daily participant attendance and compiles and submits semi‐monthly and end of month reports. Keeps program files and procedures current and organized, according to agency, accreditation, and all regulatory statutes and standards. Is trained and skilled at work sites and enclaves to substitute as needed, and provides direct support to participants as necessary.

Communicates as necessary with families and/or care providers. Schedules and oversees regular staff meetings, and attends meetings in the community. Supports Director/Coordinator in training and evaluating staff to ensure regulations are followed, and provides orientation to new staff.

Assists with teaching staff motivational techniques and basic instructional methods, and contributes to an environment in which a team canwork cooperatively toward common goals. Assists Director/Coordinator with evaluation of staff in the form of written performance appraisals including soliciting feedback fromparticipants, co‐workers, and the community (as appropriate), scheduling, writing, and delivering.

Responsibilities and Duties

General Responsibilities:

  • Respects diversity and exemplifies our Code of Ethics: Respect, Honesty, Integrity, and Responsibility. Projects a professional appearance and a pleasant and cooperative attitude towards participants, co‐workers, supervisors, and communitymembers and serves as a positive role model to staff and individuals served.
  • Communicates openly and shares necessary and appropriate information with supervisors and co‐workers. Uses good judgment in handling difficult situations, and remains calm and fair in facilitating conflict resolutions. Understands, adheres to, and upholds labor laws and regulations, Lanterman Act regulations, Regional Center guidelines, and State of CaliforniaLicensing regulations.

Qualifications and Skills

Qualifications ‐

  • Three or more years’ experience in human service or educational organizations, at least a portion of which has been with programs for personswith developmental disabilities.
  • Two or more years’ experience in vocational training and/or supported employment. Advanced knowledge in specific program areas. Knowledge of post‐secondary education and academic plans.
  • Knowledge of governing standards of non‐profits and regulations. Proficiency in MS Office, including Excel, Word and Outlook. Knowledge of computers and software, with the ability to troubleshoot basic problems. A core understanding of personnel principles and operating procedures, and knowledge regarding labor laws and regulations.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Ability/willingness to drive personal vehicle to provide services, to drive to work sites, and to substitute at other programs, as needed, and todrive agency vehicles.

Special Requirements ‐

  • Outstanding leadership, relationship‐building, and teamwork abilities. Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changes in job assignments, personnel, individuals served, environment, and procedures. Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously, prioritize work, and meet deadlines while working under pressure with interruptions.
  • Detail‐oriented organizational skills, with ability to organize and maintain record‐keeping systems. Effective problem‐solving, fact finding, and follow through. Excellent interpersonal skills, including discretion, tact and judgment. Effective written and oral communication skills. . Physical stamina and ability to fulfill a variety of agency job responsibilities.
  • Reliable transportation, current and valid driver’s license, and auto insurance to meet program needs and maintain position. Occasional availability on week‐ends and early evenings for participant support. Criminal record clearance (or exemption) prior to start. Health Screening and TB Test clearance (not more than 1 year prior to employment or within 7 days after employment).


  • Benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Program, and 403(b) Retirement.

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