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Employment Specialist-IPS

Company: Centers for Independence
Location: Kenosha
Posted on: November 15, 2023

Job Description:

Employment Specialist-IPS
Job Details
Job Location
MCFI Main Campus - Milwaukee, WI
Job Purpose:
This position is responsible for the overall care and service delivery for individuals enrolled in IPS supported employment programming. This position promotes the value of a diversified workforce and makes known the untapped labor source to be found in the hiring of persons with disabilities. This position networks with local business and industry, creates partnerships, and presents qualified candidates from the IPS program to the appropriate employer match.
Essential Job Functions:

  • Serves as the Employment Specialist and vocational expert on the IPS interdisciplinary team.

  • Manages an intensive caseload of up to 20 individuals with mental health and AODA barriers.

  • Leverages braided funding to provide wrap around supports for individuals participating in the program. Understands the requirements and technical specifications of each funder and the services that can be provided under each umbrella. (CCS and DVR)

  • Fully understands and practices the Eight Principles of IPS model and is acutely aware of the 25 fidelity markers by which competency and program success is measured.

  • Effectively creates and manages employer relationships leading to the placement of individuals served within the IPS program.

  • Provides career assessment and exploration as well as job preparation and development services for individuals seeking community based, integrated employment.

  • Accurately completes all required documentation in a timely manner to uphold the integrity of the client record. Documentation is person centered and comprehensive in nature meeting established documentation standards and funder contractual obligations.

  • Maintains necessary authorizations for service and assures that activity is being properly billed at the end of each month, to the appropriate funder.

  • Interfaces with the employer, funder, client and support persons to provide information, elicit feedback and maintain consistent and accurate communication.

  • Identifies and introduces assistive technology, work accommodations, compensatory strategies to behavioral contracts as indicated to improve client presentation and/or performance.

  • Represents MCFI and advocates for people with disabilities through participation in professional and community organizations and interactions with community partners.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Required Technical Skills, Experience, Education, and Credentials:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, Business Management, HR/Sales or other related field preferred. A mix of post-secondary schooling and pertinent work-related experience can be considered.

  • Knowledge of case management principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and ethical standards for integrated employment.

  • Must have strong oral and written communication skills and demonstrate computer literacy.

  • Skill and ability to interpret observational data to make objective and impartial written/verbal reports.

  • Must be comfortable conducting business in a wide array of local industry and interacting with Human Resource and management level staff.

  • Knowledge of a variety of disabling conditions and helpful accommodations, strategies and assistive technology that will assist the individual on the job.

  • Understanding of behavior modification techniques, compensatory strategies and accommodations.

  • Current First Aid certification or completed within first 90 days of hire

  • Current Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certification or completed within first 90 days of hire

  • Current negative TB test.

  • Knowledge, skill and ability in operating computers and word processing software.

  • A personal vehicle, a valid Wisconsin driver's license and insurance in conformity with agency limits.

    Work Environment and Physical Requirements
    The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee may experience or must do to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:

  • Light lifting lift and carry up to 20 pounds, standing and walking on a frequent basis.

  • Exposure to temperature variations (heat/cold)

  • Frequent driving.

  • Intensive interaction with person's presenting with behavioral and cognitive challenges or significant barriers to work

  • Twisting, turning, reaching, squatting, bending, pushing and pulling throughout day

  • Hours of general business operation are 8:00am 4:30pm, however, schedule will be modified as needed to meet the needs of programming and client care.

    This is a general outline of the essential functions of this position and shall not be construed as an all-inclusive description of all work requirements and responsibilities that may be inherent in this position. The employee may be required to perform other job-related duties as requested by the designated work leader(s). All requirements are subject to change over time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status.

Keywords: Centers for Independence, Kenosha , Employment Specialist-IPS, Human Resources , Kenosha, Wisconsin

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