Supported Employment Specialist

Website Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Council

The Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) Supported Employment Specialist works under the general direction of the Vocational Coordinator.  He or she insures that clients referred by Clinical Teams for employment assistance obtain employment based on a match between the client’s interests, needs, abilities and goals, and the employer’s needs, and are job coached, as required, once a successful job placement is obtained.

The IDDT Employment Specialist works under the general direction of the Vocational Coordinator. He or she insures that clients referred by Clinical Teams for employment assistance obtain employment based on a match between the client’s interests, needs, abilities and goals, and the employer’s needs, and are job coached, as required, once a successful job placement is obtained.

The individual works cooperatively with employers, supported employment colleagues, NH Vocational Rehabilitation, referring agencies, treatment teams, and the client to obtain successful competitive placement at a level commensurate with their skills. The individual will provide job coaching, if required, and/or desired by the client, to insure a successful job placement.

Specific Responsibilities:

This position requires a high degree of community visibility, independence, and contact with employers at various levels of management.

The Specialist will provide job development activities including:

  • Recruiting, negotiating and orienting employers regarding specific positions for client, including the potential for needing to work directly with NH Vocational Rehabilitation when seeking employment for clients.
  • Contacting employers regarding vacancies and positions.
  • Performing job analysis or task analysis to insure a good job match, based on assessments and evaluation.
  • Providing a wide range of employer support including job coaching, consultation, education and crisis intervention.
  • Providing follow-up services, as required. This may include job coaching, regular on/off-site visits, phone calls, site reviews, and supervisor contacts.

This role will also including activities such as:

  • Advocating for employment of mentally ill persons through direct contacts with employers, service organizations, and professional associations.
  • Acting as a liaison between the work site/employer, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center (GNMHC).
  • Accompanying clients, as needed, to interviews, initial work sessions, or other activities such as job shadowing.
  • Insuring that client supports are provided in as unobtrusive a manner as possible, consistent with client and business needs.
  • Assisting clients to develop skills needed to increase employability, including resume writing, job search techniques and interviewing skills.
  • Assisting clients in selecting vocational goals and objectives based on needs, interest, abilities and resources.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Has a working knowledge of target population.
  • Has good interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Has ability to communicate effectively with others both verbally and in writing.
  • Has ability to schedule work plan and set goals for areas of responsibility.
  • Has ability to incorporate new training into work practice.
  • Has ability to do creative problem solving.

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution, with training related to the IDDT model slated for December, 2017.

The Greater Nashua Mental Health Center is an eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and offers competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Apply today!

To apply for this job email your details to hr@gnmhc.org

Michele CraigSupported Employment Specialist