Job Announcement – Employment Specialist

The Empowerment Program

The focus for these employment services are women and transwomen living with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) who have also been criminal justice involved and have felony convictions that pose additional barriers to employment.  Services will be provided for 20 individuals annually.

This position is for one fulltime Employment Specialist (ES) who will work with an existing Team Leader (TL) that will form the Individual Placement and Support Supported Employment Unit (SEU).  The SEU will provide all six phases of employment services (intake, engagement, assessment, job placement, job coaching, and follow-along supports for 20 participants who are diagnosed with a Serious Mental Health Illness (SMI).  The SEU will provide weekly participant-based group supervision based on the supported employment model in which strategies are identified and job leads are shared.  They provide coverage for each other’s caseloads when needed.

The ES will provide assessment, weekly readiness training, referrals to training, identify employment positions in competitive jobs, and follow-up services after placement. The ES and TL will work closely with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in both face-to-face meetings monthly and weekly participant-related contacts (phone, e-mail, in person) to discuss shared participants and referrals.

Education Requirement:   BSW or comparable degree and experience working with women and transwomen living with disabilities and other barriers to employment. This includes, but is not limited to, working with people with physical disabilities and criminal histories. Able to work with a team and demonstrate professional accountability. Must have experience with Microsoft Office.

Physical Requirements: Prolonged sitting (during therapy sessions, while completing reports or documentation, etc.) with some standing and walking.  Lifting, pushing and pulling activities are minimal and occasional only. Must be able to walk up and down stairs in the building, as well as out in the community when speaking to employers. Hand use is occasional to frequent, generally in handwriting, computer use, reviewing files or using toys / games or other therapeutic devices. Average vision and hearing are required, with some accommodations available

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The Empowerment Program
1600 York Street
Denver, CO 80206


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