Employment Specialist- Pathways to Employment - #197217

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises

Date: 06/08/2022 11:00 AM

City: Old Bethpage, New York

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day


Exciting opportunity to assist adults with developmental disabilities learn about work, explore career interests and ultimately gain competitive employment. This is a full time position ideal for those with flexible schedules. Must have excellent communication skills, be a self-starter, reliable, patient and able to work independently. Must be willing to work with vulnerable populations. This is an OPWDD funded position. The position is mostly community based with significant travel across Long Island (car provided) and requires significant interactions in employment settings with employers where the individuals are placed for internships


  • Provide individuals with pre-vocational training, situational assessments and training to assist with all internship opportunities.
  • Provide curriculum and/or relevant services in an individual and group setting of no more than 4 individuals to teach soft skills which are vocationally relevant. Other areas addressed are resume building, interviewing skills, transportation, establish linkages to benefit counselors, coping skills and stress management.
  • Assist with orientating individuals to new environments i.e. new job sites, assessment/internship sites and job fairs.
  • Must become familiar and assist individuals with completing ACCES-VR applications after program completion.
  • Ensure individuals are familiar with all means of Public Transportation and provide information to assist individuals in securing SCAT and ABLE ride. Travel Training may be provided by the specialist on a case by case basis.
  • Ensure documentation meets quality and compliance thresholds and complete required documentation within mandated time frames.
  • Effectively communicate and support the organization’s mission, vision and values
  • Always communicate in a respectful manner with all people including the people we support, supervisors, other valued team members, and members of the community
  • Prevent, recognize and report abuse toward the people we support
  • Adhere to the organizations Code of Ethics
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications Include :

  • High School Diploma required ;Associates Degree /Bachelor’s Degree highly preferred
  • At least 6 months to 1 year of relevant work experience required

  • Travel to site is required, valid driver’s license is required. Must be able to meet all the criteria to be a valid driver for the agency
  • Must have excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Must complete all required trainings
  • Must be able to adhere to a flexible work schedule that may include early hours, evening hours and weekends. Scheduling is dependent upon the needs of the persons served.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to sit, walk and stand; talk or hear, both in person and by telephone; operate standard office equipment; reach with hands and arms; and lift up to 25 pounds

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