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Employment Specialist

Frederick, MD
Job Type

Job Title: Employment Specialist

Department: Workforce Development


§ Responsible for supporting goal movement of youth and adults with disabilities by providing vocational, social, behavioral and community integrative supports in individualized and group settings.


  • Reports to Team Manager


  • This position does not maintain any supervisory responsibilities


  • EDUCATION: Possession of high school diploma and 6 months of related personal or professional experience. Possession or pursuit of bachelor’s degree and/or relevant training preferred for consideration of advancement
  • EXPERIENCE: Demonstrate ability to complete training efforts for professional development and mandates in accordance with program and organization regulations to include CPR, First Aid, MTTP, DDA Training, Person Centered Training, Job Development, ACRE, Discovery, and additional training requirements as designated by WFD management team
  • Current driver's license, clean driving record, adequate levels of vehicle insurance and personal vehicle. Must be willing to drive personal and company vehicles, to include vans
  • SKILLS: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the ability to obtain competence in ETO Software and basic computer skills to include navigation of internet, electronic note taking, and usage of email
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability and willingness to regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally life and/or move up to 50 pounds. Must be willing to assist persons with ambulatory limitations to transfer in/out of vehicles and to use the restroom. Position may require up to 80% walking or standing daily


  • Ability and desire to work with youth and adults with disabilities to help them reach their full potential
  • Demonstration of flexibility and team mentality
  • Ability to effectively interact and communicate with people of diverse characteristics
  • Demonstrates sound innate presumptions of ability, intellect, and positive intentions of people
  • Incorporation of person-centered philosophies within program delivery and interaction with peers
  • Patience
  • Desire for learning and empowering others
  • Belief that all people can achieve their goals despite perceived barriers
  • Desire to exceed status quo of providing services
  • Passion for and willingness to advocate on behalf of individuals’ interests, goals, and desires
  • Creativity


Support youth and adults carrying the label of developmental disability by:

  • Accompanying persons served in individual and small groups to recreational, social, educational, vocational, and volunteer opportunities
  • Assisting persons served with developing peer relationships and natural supports
  • Providing age-appropriate and person-centered programmatic activities
  • Seeking and leading classroom and community based activities
  • Maintaining familiarity with individual goals and ensuring that programmatic activities are geared towards goal progression
  • Assisting with development of daily living, social and independent skills
  • Acting as liaison between person served and support team regarding daily progress and plan updates
  • Providing assistance with personal care and transportation as needed for persons enrolled in service
  • Support youth and adults with developmental disabilities to obtain and maintain community employment by:
  • Completing functional assessments as guided by Team Managers
  • Completing discovery assessments to learn about individual skills, interests, capabilities, and necessary supports
  • Providing long term support on individual job sites
  • Supporting person to develop skills to progressively work independently
  • Assess and provide ideas for reasonable accommodations and job carving opportunities
  • Providing ongoing social and behavioral support on the jobsite
  • Implementing interventions to assist with communication, social interactions, and behavioral supports
  • Assisting with transportation coordination efforts to/from work sites
  • Providing ongoing supports after retention goals are met
  • Support the Workforce Development team by:
  • Completing accurate and timely progress notes electronically
  • Monitor and track goal progress
  • Offering creative and goal-directed ideas for program development and individualized and group activities
  • Attending team, department, and organizational meetings
  • Attending team meetings of persons served
  • Complete mandated trainings as well as trainings offered to build competencies to support programming efforts
  • Maintain flexibility in schedule and in duties supporting team members
  • Overtime and flextime (including evening and weekend hours) may be needed
  • Report incidents timely and accurately
  • Maintaining positivity and support team members
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisory team


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401k
  • Accrued Sick Leave/Vacation Days
  • Short Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discount

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