Supported Education and Employment Specialist - $1,000 Sign-on Bonus!

GENERAL FUNCTION:

The Behavioral Health Resources (BHR) New Journeys program is seeking a creative Supported Education and Employment (SEE) Specialist, to provide community based treatment to transitional age youth/adults in Grays Harbor County. This program utilizes a coordinated evidence/research based team approach to provide intensive services to 25-30 individuals' ages 15-25 experiencing their first psychotic break.  A potential candidate for this position should ideally have prior experience as a supported education or supported employment specialist or as a vocational specialist.  An ideal candidate will have a recovery orientation and will focus on assisting participants to achieve recovery goals related to education and/or employment, using the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) model as much as possible.  The SEE position involves a majority of work outside the office, including doing job finding, job development, school finding, school opportunity development, and in vivo training in interviewing and educational skills.  In addition, the SEE provides follow up supports to individuals who have attained a job and/or who are enrolled in school.  Because of the nature of this job, SEE specialists need to work directly in the community with employers, potential employers, and educational personnel and spend the majority of their time out of the office providing direct services to clients. 

PURPOSE: Assesses case load for employment and/or education capabilities, provides training assistance, offers continuing support, and assists clients target potential jobs and/or education, explore job and/or education possibilities in the community, and make job and/or educations placements. Educates employers and community providers about Behavioral Health Resources New Journeys Program and how they operate as a successful community support model for employing people with behavioral health challenges and encourages them to recognize individuals' abilities to be productive and successful. Services are offered in a community, school, and home based settings.

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Clinical Supervisor or New Journey's Program

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a behavioral health related field and experience developing community based employment and/or educations opportunities.
  • Must have at least one year documented experience working with individuals with disabilities or one year of human service related experience such as economical disadvantages, employment, abuse and neglect, substance abuse, aging, disabilities, prevention, health, cultural competencies, or housing.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) fluency skills preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to provide employment and/or educational services and compliance with confidentially in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements.
  • Knowledge of community resources enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word. Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required.
  • Requires access to a car, a valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet Behavioral Health Resources driving requirements.
  • Must pass a criminal background and Inspector General check.

TYPICAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Meets standards for documentation and work accuracy including timely completion of progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, and authorization requests.
  • Meets standards for direct service, implementation and utilization of the clinical model, quality of clinical practice and teamwork.
  • Interviews individuals and, if applicable, family members or team members in the client support system to complete the strengths based vocational assessment to identify clients' skills and strengths, interests, goals, dreams, aspirations and resources available to reach their goals.
  • Counsels individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their vocational situations.
  • Develops an employment and/or educational focused service plans based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Service plans will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of service. Service plans will be client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Researches possible job and/or educational openings and opportunities for clients by contacting employment/school services, newspaper want ads, previous contacts, cold calling, and any other means of reaching potential employers and/or schools.
  • Performs job analysis, matching potential openings with clients' needs, skills, and logistics of getting to the job site.
  • Establishes and maintains connections with business offering employment opportunities.
  • Sets up interviews for clients, assist clients with application, resume preparation and interviewing skills.
  • Locates barriers to client employment and/or educational goals, such as inaccessible sites, inflexible schedules, finances and transportation problems and works with clients to develop strategies for overcoming these barriers.
  • Maintain close contact with clients during job and educational placements to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.
  • Performs interventions as needed with assigned clients previously placed who may be at risk of losing their jobs and/or education.
  • Coordinates and consults with other team members to keep team informed of issues and progress.
  • Counsel individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding vocational and educational rehabilitation issues
  • Provides crisis intervention to clients when difficult situations occur
  • Monitors and tracks employment and/or education status. Provides accurate and timely written reports. Ensures timely record maintenance of authorizations for purchase, billings, and completed releases of information.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Required to transport clients in a personal vehicle.