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

Job Title: Job Developer

Reports to: IPS Supervisor

Status: Full-time

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Job Location: Manhattan or the Bronx


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.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the 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 workweek.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Educate clients regarding Financial Literacy as it relates to their individual goals.
  • 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 training and staff meetings, as required.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Take and Complete IPS training course.
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Associates degree required;
  • Minimum of two years of 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:

  • Bachelor's degree with experience in employment services and/or workforce development preferred.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance use, or chronic 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.


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


Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Ability to stand, bend, reach and lift at least 10 pounds at times.

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