If you’re interested in attending a Project SEARCH program, enrolling your young adult child, or in helping young people with disabilities gain the skills they need to get meaningful jobs, there are many ways to get involved with Project SEARCH.
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Project SEARCH Employment Specialist
Purpose of Position: The Project SEARCH Employment Specialist will work with a team to provide support and assistance to Project SEARCH interns in order to meet the outcome goals of the program and participating interns. This position also requires an understanding of the principle of the Independent Living (IL) philosophy, and a genuine desire to carry out this philosophy. Project SEARCH is a unique, business led, one-year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at Mercyhealth Hospital. The selected students will work in three internships over the course of the year in combination with classroom instruction, goal setting, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. Each student works with a team that includes their family, an instructor, a department mentor, rehabilitation counselor and employment specialist to create their employment goal and to support the student during their transition from school to work.
Project SEARCH Instructor
Basic Function: Provide Instruction for the District 100 Project SEARCH site. To identify
student strengths, interests and abilities related to skill acquisition, job development and
placement. To seek an appropriate community job site consistent with the student’s interests and
skills. To determine and refer to appropriate community support services for training and
successful employment. To work with local business and industry to meet their employment
Project SEARCH Skills Trainer
BASIC FUNCTION: Responsible for providing on-site training, supervision and support to high school student interns participating in the Project Search school-to-work transition program. The Skills Trainer serves as a liaison between the host employer, school, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disabilities partners and UCP to promote the agency’s mission and to facilitate the integration of persons with disabilities into the community work setting (including the worksite internship rotations and/or a competitive job).
- Provide individualized training, supervision, and support for student interns at the host business worksite rotation or competitive job which includes: hands-on job coaching, building natural supports, identifying job accommodations, assistive technology, etc.
- Communicate effectively with Project Search Instructor, job developer, employers, co-workers, family members, school, ORSC and County Board personnel to problem solve issues related to training and employment at a worksite rotation or competitive job site.
- Perform specific job analysis, task analysis, and job matching activities.
- Provide travel training to job site if necessary.
- Develop and implement job coaching plan with students and other parties as appropriate.
- Train students in the areas of grooming, hygiene, communication, interviewing, and behavior as they relate to successful employment.
- Adhere to and promote standards of the host business and/or competitive work site in order to promote job productivity and efficiency. Ensure that production and quality standards as specified by the host employer are met by student interns.
- Participate in client meetings including monthly progress, plan revision, or special team meetings, as needed.
- Provide job development services to job-ready interns, in collaboration with other Project Search team members.
- Work cooperatively and proactively with OakLeaf Partners management and staff to ensure clients’ needs are met in compliance with agency policies and procedures, CARF standards, funding source and the host employer’s rules, regulations, and expectations.
- Submit necessary reporting material in a timely fashion to reflect activity within the site— e.g., attendance, progress reports, incident reports, case notes, etc.
- Maintain client files accurately and completely. Update on a regular basis.
- Act as a liaison between the host employer and UCP to promote a positive image of the agency, its mission, and its services. Promote a productive working relationship to ensure the successful integration of the program participants into the work site culture.
- Work in collaboration with the Instructor and host employer’s personnel to encourage program growth and expansion—i.e., negotiate needs such as availability of workstations, new or expanded internships, space, equipment use and upgrades, etc.
- Provide back-up coverage at other community employment sites, when Project Search is not in session.
- Attend all departmental and agency staff meetings as required. Attend training to become knowledgeable of strategies and current “best practices” in the field of supported employment.
- Perform other reasonably related job duties as requested.
- High school diploma or GED required.
- Two years of related experience working with students or adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities in a school-to-work transition or vocational capacity strongly preferred, or a combination of education and experience typically represented by an Associate’s degree in a human services field.
- Ability to use standard English effectively in oral and written communication required
- Professional appearance, attention to detail, accuracy, ability to plan and organize work efficiently, and the ability to interact effectively in a professional environment and with all stakeholders involved in a client’s program.
- Computer-literacy in Microsoft Office computer applications required.
- Ability to display enthusiasm and an overall positive attitude required.
- Adaptable in dealing with individual and cultural differences required.
- Availability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends if needed.
- Demonstrated reliability and dependability.
- Ability to perform physical activities related to job coaching duties, including the capability to perform lifting (at least 50 lbs.), pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, crouching, stooping, kneeling and reaching.
11. Possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with no more than two (2) moving violations and have reliable daily transportation.
Project SEARCH Career Specialist
The Project SEARCH Career Specialist is responsible for providing on site vocational training, functional skill development, job development and job coaching to program interns enrolled in Project SEARCH and/or a competitive job. This position is a contributing member of the CORE team of professionals as determined by the Project SEARCH (PS) model. This position will provide services in a manner which allows each young adult to be treated with respect, dignity and allows for individual success.
•Provides individualized support for the PS Intern at the host business/ competitive worksite which includes: job coaching, (task analysis, job matching, etc.) building natural supports, identifying job accommodations and assistive technology, etc.
•Communicates effectively with Project SEARCH Supervisor, other Project SEARCH staff, employers, co-workers, family members, school personnel, funding sources, and other appropriate parties to address issues related to training and employment.
•Trains PS interns in the areas of grooming, hygiene, communication, interviewing, interpersonal skills and behavior as they relate to successful employment.
•Participates in decision making process to identify and implement training strategies and/or services with other Project SEARCH staff and host business staff.
•Adheres to and promotes the policies and standards of host business/ competitive worksite to promote job productivity and efficiency.
•Recognizes and acts on the legal responsibilities concerning the safety and welfare of the consumers.
•Maintains a safe and well organized work environment.
•Builds effective relationships with employers that will maximize an employee’s likeliness to be successful; including building natural supports within the workplace.
•Supports PS Interns with job seeking/development support/job coaching, which will assist them with obtaining and maintaining community employment.
•Provides opportunities for career exploration through job shadowing, business tours, work experiences, mock interviewing, resume development, etc.
•Provides the follow-up support, to both PS Interns and employers when a jobs are obtained, which ensures the highest possible satisfaction and success on the job.
•Completes and maintain all related documentation in accordance with the agency standard including; program evaluation data, monthly progress reports, employer contact logs, as well as any additional required documentation.
•Participates in assigned meetings, professional development, and training as required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Bachelors Degree in human services or related field required.
•A minimum of two (2) years experience working with individuals with disabilities required; vocational rehabilitation/job modification, food service, manufacturing, and/or retail experience preferred.
•Must be available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.
•Successful physical examination/TB test required, and must provide documentation of immunizations required to work in a hospital setting.
•Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
•Must have proof of insurance AND meet the requirements of the Employee Driving Policy.
•A Criminal Background Check must meet the requirements of the State of WI licensure for day programming.