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Customized Employment Specialist

Pasadena, CA
Customized Employment Specialist
CLASSIFICATION: Non-Exempt Full Time UNIT: Program
OBJECTIVES: The Customized Employment Specialist, under the direct supervision of the Project Manager will assist the individual in attaining competitive, integrated employment utilizing the tools and techniques of Customized Employment as defined by the Griffin & Hammis model. Customized Employment seeks to match job seeker skills with employer needs.
DUTIES: Specifically, the Customized Employment Specialist (C.E) is responsible for the following:
  1. Plan for and conduct the four phases of C.E. as defined by the Griffin & Hammis Associates model. This includes Discovering Personal Genius, person centered job search planning, job development/negotiation, post placement support/systematic instruction.
  2. C.E. Specialist will conduct intake interviews, prepare intake summary and create individual hard copy files containing all required documentation to meet CARF and Regional Center requirements.
  3. Develop the IHSP/ISP, and complete periodic updates/progress reports or other support plan reports needed as well as daily documentation as required for assigned participants on caseload. Communicate both written and verbally with family and funding agencies as required.
  4. C.E. Specialist will create, input and maintain the individual’s file in the data base management system, Vertex.
  5. Prepare and file written reports such as the progress reports for the participants, Special Incident Reports (SIR’s), Suspensions, and time sheets.
  6. C.E. Specialist will plan for and conduct Discovery through a creative person-centered evaluation of the job seeker’s interest, skills, and preferences related to employment. This is accomplished in part through the use of natural supports, home and community visits, interviewing friends and relatives, developing vocational themes, and building a C.E. support team.
  7. Utilize customized job development techniques based on the individual’s person-centered plan such as an informational interview to determine employer needs and identify un-met needs. Work place tours, natural supports networking, job carving, creation of a digital portfolio and visual resume are also key elements.
  8. Negotiate employment opportunity based on the individuals identified conditions for success and the employer’s needs. C.E. Specialist will be able to demonstrate to employer the ways in which the individual will contribute to the bottom line and help the company become more successful.
  9. Provide transportation to staff, volunteers, and participants as needed.
  10. Provide post placement support to the individual through the use of systematic instructional techniques with the goal of supporting the individual in becoming and integral, independent and valued member of the workforce.
  11. Support the individual in forming relationships with co-workers and managers, and to establish natural supports within the workplace.
  12. Working with and responding to family, employer and funding agency requirements and needs.
  13. Analyzing and problem solving work tasks such that accommodations and/or adaptation can be made to allow individual to complete tasks.
  14. Performing other duties as assigned. In a service agency such as FVOS, effective service to individuals occasionally requires staff to perform duties outside their normally assigned job duties.
  • 􏰀  Preferred B.A. degree in an appropriate field or equivalent, with a minimum of one years’ experience in rehabilitation or related field with demonstrated knowledge of Intellectual or Developmental disabilities; excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • 􏰀  Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • 􏰀  Prefer two years or more of work experience in Customized Employment services or placement services
    with case management exposure.
  • 􏰀  Strong writing, planning, organizational, time management, and documentation skills.
  • 􏰀  Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • 􏰀  Multi-lingual a plus.
  • 􏰀  Experienced at analyzing tasks and finding creative solutions to physical and non-physical barriers to accomplishing desired results.
  • 􏰀  Possesses a valid California Driver’s license and have reliable, properly insured transportation for use during work hours.
  • ​Approved criminal background check.
  • Provide us with your wage/salary expectation.

Occasional reaching, bending and lifting up to 25 lbs. and up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis. Prolonged standing and walking.
Sit and type for extended periods, enter data and write reports. FVOS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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