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


The Job Developer is responsible for assisting clients towards 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.

Classification: Non-Exempt

Reports to: IPS

Location: New York, NY

Position Type:

This is a full-time position with a variable schedule based on the needs of clients and employers. This may involve flexible evening hours. Lantern staff may be asked to change the work schedule and hours depending on the operational needs of the site and the agency.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain a caseload of 20 adults with a 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 the 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; Master's Degree preferred with a focus on Education, 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:

  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use or chronically homelessness
  • An 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.
  • Experience with employment services and/or workforce development preferred.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

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.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; stoop, climb stairs and or kneel. Use hands to type, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to and talk or hear and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 5 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Some positions at Lantern Community Services have work responsibilities at more than one work site as well as field work in the community. These employees are required to travel between sites during the work day with physical demands that could include walking up to .25 miles, climbing stairs and carrying work materials that could weigh up to 8 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy and just communities. Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, mental or physical disability, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.

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