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Job Placement & Support Specialist - Vocational Services

Company: MaineHealth
Location: Portland
Posted on: March 16, 2023

Job Description:


  • 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 an Employment Specialist to work as part of its partnership 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. Preference will be given to applicants with ASL proficiency, as demonstrated by ASLA-intermediate or ASLPI-3 or higher.

    • Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

      • Requires a professional level of knowledge in vocational counseling with individuals with disabilities, including youth and people with developmental disabilities and/or psychiatric disabilities. Must be able to evaluate employment capabilities of program participants at a level normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's degree in social services or related fields.

      • Requires six to twelve months of progressive experience working with persons with disabilities necessary to learn community resources relating to the potential employment of persons with disabilities and to determine potential employers for such persons.

      • Requires analytical ability necessary to determine community resources available to assist in training and placement of persons with disabilities for work in the private and public sectors.

      • Requires interpersonal skills necessary to persuade various employers to participate in training and employment programs for persons with disabilities. Must coordinate needs of individual employers with available community resources.

        Additional Information Maine Medical Center is a Magnet designated 700-bed tertiary care and teaching institution. MMC is Maine's largest hospital and a state-wide health care resource. MMC offers outstanding career opportunities and quality of life in Portland.

Keywords: MaineHealth, Portland , Job Placement & Support Specialist - Vocational Services, Other , Portland, Maine

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