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Two (2) Grade VI Employment Specialists
New Program - Individual Placement Services for ID/DD
$49,336 - $57,282 per year
May 06, 2021
An employee in this classification is required to perform some or all of the following duties, however these do not include all of the tasks which the employee may be expected to perform: Follow the SAMHSA Evidence Based Practice for Individual Placement and Support Model emphasizing rapid job search, jobs tailored to individuals, time-unlimited follow along supports, integration of supported employment and mental health services, and zero exclusion policy. Engage individuals and establish trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated job settings. Assess individuals’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences. Assist individuals in job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with needs and interests of the individual following the principles and procedures of supported employment. Provide education and support to employers as agreed upon by the individual. Provide individualized follow along and outreach services to individuals as needed to sustain employment. Meet regularly with the treatment team members to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment. Develop individual vocational profile with the individual, their caseholder, and other treatment team members. Update quarterly. Develop community connections in regard to job development and supported employment; work with community programs for development of job sites; work with individuals served by ACT and Residential/Outpatient/Casemanagement on job interests, resume development, linking, and maintain confidentiality. Comply with Alcohol & Drug Testing Policy (06-001-0010) and Background Check Policy (06-001-0015), as well as supervisors/designee directives; maintain confidentiality.

St. Clair County Community Mental Health embraces an employment environment that promotes recovery and discovery with an integrated person-centered approach to treatment services that is trauma informed and culturally competent. An employee in this or any position is expected to support this environment.
There are no supervisory responsibilities with this position.  This position receives supervision from program supervisor.
Technical Skills
- Bachelor’s Degree in specialty related to vocational services, business, human services, or related fields
- Valid driver’s license
- At least six (6) months experience working with the ID/DD population
- Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office applications and Windows 10 programs
- Must have access to transportation
- If using agency vehicles, passing random drug and alcohol screening

Behavioral Skills
Applicants chosen for interview will be evaluated on qualifications related to:
- Ability to use some flexibility in problem solving, using discretion in selecting an optimal solution from among established alternatives with a clear outcome
- Ability to deal with unexpected situations
- Ability to use ingenuity in adapting, altering or improvising established alternatives
- Using or exerting influence in a work process and be a “work leader” or advise others
- Ability to provide, exchange, or explain information which conveys facts, opinion or evaluation of the facts or analyses
- Ability to develop and/or maintain effective work relationships/communication with new, established or non-receptive individuals/organizations through tact, diplomacy and persuasion
Technical Skills
- At least one (1) year experience in job related field or evidence of such placements during schooling, or at least one (1) year experience in working with community job services where individual has been involved with community resources, job development, building relationships with community businesses, working with individuals with co-occurring concerns to assist with job placement and retainment
- Demonstration of proficiency and experience working on an electronic health record system
- Knowledge of CMH system and operations
- Knowledge of the Individual Placement and Support Model
- Lived experience with behavioral health issues
Personal demands refer to the physical demands, such as awkward positions, heavy lifting, etc., and the mental demands, such as concentration, attention, perception, etc. 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee would expect light, regular physical demand, such as frequent standing or walking; close attention to detail.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 
Work environment refers to the elements of work surroundings which tend to be disagreeable or to make the work more difficult.  These include, but are not limited to: dust, oil, fumes, water, heat, cold, vibrations, noise, dirt, etc. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee would expect comfortable conditions; occasional noise; limited exposure to disagreeable work elements.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon a criminal background check, reference checks, Recipient Rights check, DHHS Central Registry check (for direct-care candidates), and a five (5) panel drug screen. Potential candidates will be sent to Industrial Health Service for the drug screen at their own expense ($28). The candidate will be reimbursed the cost of the drug screen upon the Agency’s receipt of negative test results.

This position is represented by AFSCME Local 3385. Internal candidates are given first consideration. Postings close at 11:59pm on the Applications Close Date.
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