Bachelor's Level Counselor (IPS Employment Specialist)

HELP OTHERS, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, SAVE A LIFE.

At the McNabb Center, our mission is "Improving the lives of the people we serve."  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialist. 

SUMMARY

The Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Employment Specialist is responsible for the completion of all phases of employment service: 1) Intake, 2) Engagement, 3) Assessment, 4) Job Placement, 5) Job Coaching, and 6) Follow Along Supports. Ensures consumers have access to benefits counseling/work incentives planning. Works closely with Vocation Rehabilitation Specialists and mental health treatment teams to place consumers in competitive, diverse jobs that are tailored to meet the consumer's individualized needs and preferences. Develops and maintains a strong employer network. Adheres to the 8 Practice Principles of IPS and assists in maintaining fidelity to the model.

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

REQUIREMENTS

Education/Knowledge: Must have at least a Bachelor's degree in a health-related field of counseling, psychology, social work, sociology, or a behavioral science field with course work or experience in the areas of cultural diversity, human development, etiology and treatment of mental illness, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and sexual abuse, suicide, and intellectual disabilities. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, occupational therapy, criminal justice, education, or other fields; must have fifteen college-level semester hours of coursework in behavioral health and at least one year of work experience in the behavioral health setting.

Experience: One year experience in employment counseling, job placement, job coaching, or public vocational rehabilitation program required. Certification from a nationally recognized supported employment program is preferred. Applicants without certification must be eligible to obtain certification within the first 90 days of hire.

Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation.  Must possess reliable transportation, a valid driver's license with an F endorsement OR the ability to acquire an F endorsement on a valid driver's license, and transport clients. Driving a personal or Center vehicle is an essential job function.

Physical: Exposure to biological hazards. Hearing of normal and soft tones as well as close eye work. Valid driver's license. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. To ensure the safety of the clients and staff, this position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques (Handle with Care) that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, going down on knees, running, and walking.

The McNabb Center (www.mcnabbcenter.org) is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

MC is an EOE. MC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.