• Employment Specialist I

    Fairbanks Resource Agency
    Job Description
    The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended as a complete list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. 

    SUMMARY:
    The Employment Specialist I plans, implements and evaluates systematic consumer training programs, which are designed to maximize individual potential for meaningful independent employment in the community. Training activities emphasize appropriate social behavior, skills acquisition, and self-direction. The Employment Specialist I provides assistance in both short and long term planning for the work-training program. 

    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    1. Participates in consumer staffing to assist with the development and implementation of Personal Service Plans (PSP’s). 
    2. Assists consumers in developing job skills, job responsibilities and job performance. 
    3. Provides follow-up and on-going support to consumer prior to, during and after job placement.
    4. Supports consumer training needs on contract sites. 
    5. Data entry into electronic medical record systems. 
    6. Prepares reports and maintains records on program effectiveness and utility. 
    7. Manages workflow for assigned directives in a timely manner. 
    8. Maintains communication with employers regarding job development, job placement and consumer job performance; advocates for integrated relations with employers and co-workers. 
    9. Performs intervention strategies for ensuring job retention for consumers on supported work sites and community placements. 
    10. Attends training, in-service sessions, workshops and staff meetings. 

    MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
    1. High School Diploma or GED. 
    2. One year experience working with individuals who experience developmental disabilities is preferred. 
    3. Must meet agency insurance criteria for operating agency and personal vehicles on agency business (21 y/o and licensed 3 years). 

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
    Ability to work effectively with individuals and groups. Administrative skills to maintain records, files, preparing reports and monitoring progress and performance. Understanding of habilitation training and theory. Ability to contribute to the preparation and implementation of Personal Service Plans (PSP’s). Ability to communicate effectively with staff members, general public and other service providers. Flexible scheduling necessary. Ability to embrace and foster the company culture of hard work, accountability and positive results for individuals receiving support. Willingness to work flexible work schedule which may include evenings, weekends and holidays. Must have reliable transportation and maintain a good driving record. Must possess the knowledge and ability to utilize a computer and electronic medical record (EMR) system. Ability to learn new software and hardware applications. 

    LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
    Alaska Driver’s License 
    Certification in Adult CPR 
    Certification in First Aid 
    Safety-Care Certification 

    IMMUNIZATION REQUIRED:
    Annual PPD Test 
    Hepatitis B immunization (or) Waiver 

    WORKING CONDITIONS:
    Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:
    Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction. 
    Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time. 
    Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances. 
    Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities which demand detailed or important instructions spoken to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly. 
    Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds with no less than a 40 db loss. Ability to receive oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound. 
    Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers. 
    Driving: Minimum standards required by State Law (including license). 

    ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
    Worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes (i.e. warehouses, covered loading docks, garages, etc.) 
    Worker is subject to outside environmental conditions: No effective protection from weather.

    This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities. 
    Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.