Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

  • Employment Specialist I/II/III

    Job ID
    2018-2155
    # Positions
    1
    Department
    Recovery Services (RS)
    Type
    Full-Time, Regular
  • Overview

     

    COOK INLET TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC.

    JOB DESCRIPTION

     

    Job Title:

    Employment Specialist I, II, III

    Department:

    Recovery Services and Employment & Training Services Department

    Reports To:

    Outpatient Supervisor

    Supervises:

    None

    Pay Grade:

    C2 (I), C2-C3 (II), C3 (III)

    FLSA Status:

    Non-Exempt

    Job Type:

    Regular, Full-Time

     

    General Functions:

    The Recovery Service (RS) and Employment and Training Services Department (ETSD) Employment Specialist will guide and support participants prior to and during employment placement so that they may achieve independence in the workplace. The Employment Specialist serves all participants across the RS department and will enroll participants that are eligible for ETSD services. The Employment Specialist will provide advocacy, act as a liaison between the employer and the participant, serve as the point of contact for the participant, and works within a team of staff members providing support to the participant.  This position will also collaborate with the RS clinical team to ensure all employment goals and objectives are met.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Employment Specialist I:

    • Ensure the participant is actively pursuing all phases of the employment placement process.
    • Establish rapport and develop a positive working relationship with participant and employer.
    • Assess the competency levels, strengths/skills, interests, and preferences of participants through tests and counseling.
    • Consistent and accurate documentation in the Recovery Services Case Management System (RSCMS).
    • Maintain an active participant caseload, maximum of 20.
    • Assist participants in increasing their knowledge in a particular field and help them focus on current requirements of employers and employment specific responsibilities, duties and skills.
    • Meets and works with participants at all CITC Recovery Services locations and off-site at various locations depending on participant’s needs.
    • Assists participants in identifying case management services; as needed, in accordance to best practices to provide linkage and advocacy for employment needs
    • Conduct employment workshops, life skills/employment groups, vocational education and training sessions for all recovery services programs.
    • Active member of the case review and placement team, to assess participants needs for employment services.
    • Utilize employment resources, in particular the Career Development Center at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, and also within the community to provide work and training opportunities for participants.
    • Locate and secure trainings with local colleges, schools, services and vocational centers for participants.
    • Develop and maximize on supported work opportunities with local businesses.
    • Promote, develop, and terminate on-the-job training program opportunities with employers and assist in writing contracts.
    • Provide one-on-one coaching and guidance in employment search and life skills management, and provide problem-solving support in resolving issues that could result in employment loss.
    • Assist participants in creating treatment plan goals and objectives centered around obtaining and sustaining employment.
    • Provide participants with worksite and internship site visits.
    • Encourage and motivate participants to reach employment goals using trauma informed setting and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques. 
    • Responsible for obtaining, tracking and documenting all pertinent information in each case file and/or electronically utilizing the 477 Database for dual enrollment of participants in ETSD.
    • Update and report all data monthly for dually enrolled participants, as related to Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) activities and related 477 statistics.
    • Participate in scheduled community meetings as requested.
    • Work as part of a team including co-workers, partner agencies, and the participant.
    • Participate in training in areas related to improvement of service delivery.
    • Attends staff meetings and works collaboratively with other staff members.
    • Maintain confidentiality according to regulations, policies, and procedures.
    • Perform all related duties as assigned

    Employment Specialist II:

    • Perform all duties/responsibilities of Employment Specialist I with a high level of proficiency.
    • Maintain, track and documenting all pertinent information needed for monthly and quarterly reports.
    • Train and coach staff within the current best practice model, vocational education and employment skills to employment staff members.
    • Work with collaboration with Employment and Training Supervisor to maximize program impact. 

    Employment Specialist III:

    • Perform all duties/responsibilities of Employment Specialist I/II with a high level of proficiency.
    • Collaborate with Grant Project Office with the guidance of the Direction of Recovery Services
    • Collaborate with Billing Supervisor on program sustainability
    • Work with Grant Department to complete and secure grants for employment services.
    • Assure all Employment staff is working within the Organization’s Vision, Mission and Sustainability Plan. 
    • Work with Human Resources in recruiting process

    Job Specifications:

    • Knowledge of area Labor Market and demonstrated ability to research current trends.
    • Ability to recognize transferable skills in participants and apply them to the labor market.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple activities.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills.
    • Excellent customer service skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team atmosphere.
    • Working knowledge of TANF, GA, and WIOA programs.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    (I)

    • Associate degree in Human Services or related field or equivalent combination of related work experience and education may be accepted.
    • Minimum 1 years’ experience case management, job coaching, workforce development or employment counseling.
    • Minimum 1 year experience in providing services to the behavioral health population.
    • Valid Alaska Driver’s License and be insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance, which requires a driver to be at least 21 years of age.
    • Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory state and federal background check.

    (II)

    • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, human services or related field or equivalent combination of related work experience and education may be accepted.
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience case management, job coaching, workforce development or employment counseling.
    • Minimum 1 years’ experience in providing services to the behavioral health population.
    • Level I Alaska Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification or willing to become certified within one (1) year of employment.
    • Ability to access clearance into Alaska Department of Corrections Institutions.
    • Valid Alaska Driver’s License and be insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance, which requires a driver to be at least 21 years of age.
    • Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory state and federal background check.

    (III)

    • Master’s Degree in social work, human services or related field or equivalent combination of related work experience and education may be accepted.
    • Minimum 3 years’ experience job coaching, workforce development or employment counseling.
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience in providing services to the behavioral health population.
    • Has work within the parameters and guidelines of State and or SAMHSA Grants.
    • Level II Alaska Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification.
    • Ability to access clearance into Alaska Department of Corrections Institutions.
    • Valid Alaska Driver’s License and be insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance, which requires a driver to be at least 21 years of age.
    • Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory state and federal background check.

    Additional Information:

    Hiring preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act.

     

    Disclaimer

    The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents within this job.  It is not designed to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job.  Management has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time.  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

     

     

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