Lantern Community Services
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

The Job Developer is responsible for assisting clients in obtaining competitive employment that is consistent with their vocational goals. The Job Developer helps clients think about long-term employment goals, work history, strengths, personal culture (as defined by each person), justice involvement, and other factors that relate to a current vocational goal.

The Job Developer will be trained to utilize the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence-based model to supported employment.  The Job Developer will additionally be formally trained to practice Motivational Interviewing. The Job Developer will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving individuals impacted by serious mental illness, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and homelessness.  The ideal candidate must have an outgoing personality with a sales mentality and be able to confidently communicate with employer contacts. S/he must also be able to empathize with clients' struggles and challenges.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain a caseload of 20 adults with self-identified interest in employment.
  • Conduct job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of IPS for approximately 65% of the work week.
  • Conducts at least six employer contacts with hiring managers each week to learn about businesses and employer needs, to talk about specific clients who are looking for work and/or to talk about employer services offered by the IPS program.
  • Is responsible for a minimum of 12 job starts each year after the first year of employment.
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment. Provides frequent in-person supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily as desired by clients.
  • Work closely with case management staff to develop an integrated employment model.
  • Guide clients through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and ongoing employment retention.
  • Assist clients with developing appropriate social skills and work habits.
  • Educate clients about how their benefits will be affected by earned income.
  • Educate clients regarding the choice to disclose one's disability to the employer.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with mental health services staff to coordinate services and generate ideas to help clients achieve their education and employment goals.
  • Attend trainings and staff meetings, as required.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Rehabilitation Counseling or Human Services
  • Minimum of two years' experience providing direct service to populations impacted by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness is required.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing ability, demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to perform complex tasks with limited supervision.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently and successfully in a start-up operation.
  • Must be flexible and be willing to travel to various locations.

 Preferred Experience:

  • Master's Degree preferred with a focus on Education
  • Experience with employment services and/or workforce development preferred.

Work Environment:  This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population who experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.

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