Date posted: 06/13/2017
The Individual Placement and Support Specialist is responsible for assisting clients towards obtaining competitive employment that is consistent with their vocational goals. The IPS Specialist helps clients think about long-term employment goals, work history, strengths, personal culture (as defined by each person), justice involvement, and other factors that relate to a current vocational goal.
The IPS Specialist will be trained to utilize the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence-based model to supported employment. The IPS Specialist will additionally be formally trained to practice Motivational Interviewing. The IPS Specialist will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving individuals impacted by serious mental illness, substance use, co-occurring disorders and homelessness. The IPS Specialist will report to the IPS Supervisor. This position is exempt.
- Maintain a caseload of 20 adults with self-identified interest in employment.
- Conduct job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of IPS for approximately 65% of the work week.
- Conducts at least six employer contacts with hiring managers each week to learn about businesses and employer needs, to talk about specific clients who are looking for work and/or to talk about employer services offered by the IPS program.
- Is responsible for a minimum of 12 job starts each year after the first year of employment.
- Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment. Provides frequent in-person supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily as desired by clients.
- Work closely with case management staff to develop an integrated employment model.
- Guide clients through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and ongoing employment retention.
- Assist clients with developing appropriate social skills and work habits.
- Educate clients about how their benefits will be affected by earned income.
- Educate clients regarding the choice to disclose one’s disability to the employer.
- Participate in weekly meetings with mental health services staff to coordinate services and generate ideas to help clients achieve their education and employment goals.
- Attend trainings and staff meetings, as required.
- Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
- Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
- Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.
- Master’s Degree preferred with a focus on Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or Human Services; Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 2 years’ experience providing direct service to populations impacted by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness is required.
- Ideal candidate must have an outgoing personality with a sales mentality and be able to confidently communicate with employer contacts. S/he must also be able to empathize with clients’ struggles and challenges.
- Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing ability, demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to perform complex tasks with limited supervision.
- Experience with employment services and/or workforce development preferred.
- Experience with the IPS supported employment model preferred.
- Must possess the ability to work independently and successfully in a start-up operation.
- Must be flexible and be willing to travel to various locations.
LOCATION: Jasper Hall, Bronx
WORK SCHEDULE: The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Specialist position is located in the Bronx. This position requires a flexible schedule to meet the needs of clients and employers in the community. This may involve flexible evening hours when applicable, totaling 35 hours per week.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for Lantern Community Services to perform a criminal background check. Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.