Employment Specialist

Job Description

Title: Employment Specialist
Reports To: Project Director
Hours per week: 40


  • Must have a High School Diploma
  • Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field preferred
  • Certified IPS credential required
  • Two years work experience must be with homeless mentally ill adults who are dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse

Skills and Abilities

  • work within a system of fully electronic record keeping and medical records assuring a comprehensive health history and up to date health and medication information is recorded in the consumer’s electronic health record
  • Must have valid California Driver’s license and the availability of a car with adequate insurance.
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking preferred

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide services for clients as a part of the CCBHCTeam using evidenced based practices
    of Seeking Safety, Housing First, Motivational Interviewing and emerging practice JPS
  • Develop employment resources appropriate for formerly homeless mentally ill adults. Employment options developed should include a variety of skilled and unskilled employment placements.
  • Assist clients in completing employment applications, and developing resumes and any other required paperwork. Ensure clients are able to keep job interview appointments and meetings as needed.
  • Interview potential employers to identify new employment resources for clients. Explain how SCHARP services will assist the client to be stable employees.
  • Coordinate all employment placements with CCBHC Team, working together to ensure a good match between the client and the employer.
  • Develop resources for temporary or transitional employment and job training situations while clients are developing work skills and habits.
  • Monitor clients placed in employment or job training situations. Monitoring is to identify potential problems and develop intervention strategy with CCBHC Team as well as the employer or training program.
  • Prepare for weekly clinical staff meetings by having current information on the status of clients and employment/training resources. Attends all inter/intra agency meetings as scheduled or assigned.
  • Provide services with a strong behavioral health recovery orientation, cultural sensitivity, and awareness of the unique needs of the population of focus; homeless persons with cooccurring disorder transitioning from jail to the community.
  • May be required to travel locally and out of state to participate in conferences, workshops and training.

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