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Employment Specialist

Full Time

Fort Wayne, IN, USA

About the Role

The Employment Specialist supports and provides training to clients in a variety of settings to acquire workplace skills and personal life habits necessary for increased independence and successful employment. It is the responsibility of the Employment Specialist to provide the highest quality employment services to clients, interact with clients in a way that respects their unique needs, and ensure that the standards of Partners in Autism, IN-FSSA, and CARF are being met. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain Partners in Autism’s company culture standards and best practices

  • Complete client Acuity Assessments; consult with director to determine required intervention

  • Conduct pre-employment counseling to establish vocational goals, timelines, and responsibilities

  • Generate leads of prospective employers appropriate to people of varying interests and skills

  • Assist clients in researching employment opportunities that suit their interests and skill levels. Provide coaching and training to develop workplace skills. Model professional behavior.

  • Assist clients with résumé preparation, cover letters, and job applications. Contact local employers, arrange interviews, and accompany the individual to interviews as requested. 

  • Provide job coaching support, ensure job duties are appropriate, and advocate for client’s rights

  • Maintain complete, accurate documentation of all sessions, training, and skill progression. Communicate with director to ensure quality records are being maintained

  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with funding agencies and business leaders in both public and private sectors. Serve as a resource to employment partners and other stakeholders concerning the ADA, tax credits, and other matters concerning employing people with disabilities.

  • Complete all job training requirements including job shadows and observations prior to working one-on-one with clients

  • Additional duties as assigned by Director of Employment Services

  • Diploma required; Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, or related field preferred

  • Skilled at communicating electronically and in person; able to adjust communication appropriately for various audiences; sales experience preferred

  • Experienced with working with individuals with disabilities, preferably with autistic individuals

    • Understanding of intersectionality and economic disadvantages preferred

  • Skilled at composing electronic documents and using spreadsheets, Word and Excel preferred

  • Valid Indiana Driver’s License, clean BMV, and the use of own automobile for the job

  • Criminal record clearance through the DOJ

  • Must have flexible availability to accommodate client schedules

  • Must complete all company orientations and Health & Safety Training 

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to meet the clients’ employment needs which can change based on the environment, and may include physical bending, stooping, lifting up to 25 lbs, and standing or sitting for long periods of time.

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