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Employment Support Professional

The ARC of the Quad Cities Area
Job Description
JOB TITLE:                 Employment Support Professional         
JOB FUNCTION:      Job site training and follow up support in accordance with placement plan.  Participate in habilitation planning process on all assigned individuals.  Works with community employers to gain understanding of the overall functioning and personnel needs to their business.
REPORTS TO:           Job Developer/CES
LOCATION:              Arc Industries and other sites as assigned
SHIFT:                        Flex 24/7
  1. Actively support and further the Mission of The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.“The Arc of the Quad Cities Area’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to believe in their own unique abilities and achieve their full potential by providing quality, innovative services that focus on advocacy, independence, employment, meaningful community life and personal happiness.”
  2. Collaborate with the individual job seeker, agency staff and others, as appropriate, to develop an employment profile using Discovery and other approved techniques to ascertain as much information as possible to facilitate a sound job match.
  1. Ensure that the information gathered during the Discovery process is kept up to date, focuses on the interests and skills for the job seeker, is framed positively, highlights the talents of the individual, recognizes the support needs the person may have, includes both the individuals desired outcomes and conducted in community settings.
  1. Conduct informational interviews with community employers to develop relationships and learn more about their businesses.
  1. Actively participate in community business association networking and other functions.Use personal informal networks and those of others to identify community jobs.
  1. Develop and maintain positive relationships with community employers and referral sources.
  1. Provide supervision, personal care, training and active treatment to designated individuals as outlined in the Individual Habilitation Plans.
  1. For Job coach assignments, learn specific job tasks and complete a task analysis for each designated job.
  2. Train individual workers to perform specific tasks at the job site, provide needed support to ensure successful transition to community employment, and maintain documentation of activities and supports provided.
  3. For job coach assignments, provide follow up support of placed workers and retraining as necessary, to ensure quality of work and job retention.
  4. Support employers and co-workers to orient and train the worker with a disability with his or her support, develop natural supports for the individual in the work site and begin planning for fading of employment specialist’s direct support as soon as possible.
  1. Participate in the staffing process and pertinent meetings regarding assigned individuals, implementing all recommendations, and complete all required documentation.
  2. Maintain data collection system and documentation per funding requirements.Complete individual file reviews to ensure necessary information.
  3. For job coach assignments, maintain communication and coordination with employers to assure a smooth transition from job coach to employer supervisor.
  4. Provide transportation when necessary and prepare the worker to assume their own transportation needs.
  1. Participate in the orientation and training of other agency staff as requested.
  1. Attend meetings, staff training sessions and perform all other tasks and duties as assigned.
  1. High School diploma, or GED required, AA degree or equivalent preferred.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively with employers, vendors, and other public contacts.
  3. Basic computer skills and competency with Microsoft Outlook and Word.
  4. One year direct service experience with persons with developmental disabilities preferred.
  5. Ability to work independently and coordinate work schedules.
  6. Valid driver’s license in good standing and vehicle with appropriate auto insurance required.Must be approved by Agency’s Auto insurance carrier for driving agency vehicles.
  7. Strength and flexibility sufficient to provide training on wide variety of tasks.
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