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IDD Services Employment Coordination Specialist

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IDD Services Employment Coordination Specialist

Performs routine (journey-level) case management work in a fast-paced environment to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Work involves developing and maintaining long-term contact with clients, client families, and employment agencies/work sites for employment, medical, behavioral, social, educational, and related service needs; May train others; Work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Functions:  Participates in job-coach training and skill development process for individuals enrolled in the program(s); Works with program coordinator to gather baseline data and assess individual(s) skills; Reinforces employability skills and supports the individual by understanding social aspects of the workplace; Makes appropriate modifications necessary to the successful completion of the job; Attends job orientation with the individual(s) and clarifies information; Teaches essential tasks, duties and core skills of the job to the individual; Provides support depending on the needs of each individual; Builds natural supports to reduce the time spent with each individual as core skills are developed. Demonstrates and teaches best safe practices of the work place/work environment. Models appropriate workplace behavior at all times; regularly meets with the program coordinator and program manager to discuss issues and solve problems involving the individuals; Assesses each individual(s) progress and gives feedback to individual(s) within the program(s) and program coordinator; Completes assessments, reports and other documentation in a timely manner. Reports to program coordinator and manager. Communicates effectively with families, employers and program coordinator and vocational rehabilitation counselors; Prepares or creates supporting materials to support lesson plans in approved curriculum for any and all grant programs; Conducts training presentations and instruction for clients to promote and explain employment programs, services, or approved curriculum(s), Devise solutions to problems as they arise; Ability to lift 10 – 15 pounds is required; Adequate health and physical mobility to get up and down off the floors as required First/CPR provision and application of SAMA techniques; Perform other job related duties as assigned.   

Desired Degree/Job Experience: Bachelor’s degree in behavioral or social service field required with  coursework in social, behavioral, human services or a related field; One (1) year or more of full-time work experience in fields of education, vocational rehabilitation, workforce development programs, human services programs, or organizations serving individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities required; Or any combination of education and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to sufficiently perform job duties; Must obtain and maintain University of North Texas Credentialing in: Job Skills Training, Job Placement, Supported Employment, Work Readiness and Autism Endorsement; A varied and successful work history;Experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Valid Texas driver's license and reliable transportation; some local travel will be required. Prefer bilingual fluency in both English and Spanish. Time management skills and ability to manage multiple tasks is necessary. This position is a Pay Grade 10, with a starting hourly rate of $18.22. This is a non-exempt position. Open until Filled. Only electronic online applications will be accepted.

AACOG offers a generous benefits package. These benefits can be reviewed at ADVANTAGES of WORKING for AACOG.

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