Basic Function: The Employment Specialist teaches and models job duties to support a consumer so that they can learn job specific tasks in accordance with job tasks/employer’s specifications. Additionally, the Employment Specialist will teach and model all appropriate social and work behavior skills to support a consumer to become ready for community based, competitive employment. The Employment Specialist will complete vocational assessments, provide daily and quarterly notes, participates in all required meetings to support consumer goals. The Employment Specialist will advocate for consumers to be integrated in to their community and work setting.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs task analysis of jobs targeted for the consumer.
  • Teaches and model job specific tasks based on task analysis of job duties.
  • Teaches and model pro social and work behaviors to support consumer being successful in work setting.
  • Utilizes creative problem- solving skills and behavior management strategies to support consumer learning new tasks and pro-social behaviors.
  • Must be familiar with a consumer ISP.
  • Treats all consumers and co-workers with dignity and respect.
  • Completes daily and quarterly notes for each consumer as required.
  • Collects data and assess consumer assets, preferences, and limitations in work performance.
  • Accurately completes all employee paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Completes the 24 hours annual training requirement and pursue/attend professional development trainings to maintain CESP Certificate.
  • Ensures the consumer needs and employer needs are being supported.
  • Works as part of a team that supports consumers in a variety of community settings.
  • Performs various duties as requested/required by the Director of Employment Services and/or President/CEO or his/her designee.

Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in human service field preferred. Associate Degree in human service field will be considered with extensive work experience in vocational rehabilitation and/or a related industry.
  • A minimum of one-year work experience with persons with disabilities and/or disadvantaged individuals is preferred.
  • Must have basic computer skills, including the use of a tablet device to manage all consumer and employee paperwork electronically.
  • Must acquire a Certified Employment Specialist Certificate (CESP).
  • Must possess and demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills with the consumer, employers, community stakeholders and other Goodwill NEPA employees.
  • Must possess a valid PA driver’s license.

Goodwill offers an excellent benefits package for our full-time employees at the conclusion of a successful 90-day probationary period, including:

  • Medical, Prescription, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) plan with 6% company match
  • 25% Employee Discount

Goodwill Industries is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for positions or admissions to programs are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, marital or veteran status, or a non-job-related medical condition or disability.