Park Center Nashville is a nonprofit, community- based organization servicing Nashville since 1984. Our mission is to empower people who have mental illness and substance use disorders to live and work in their communities.
We are proud of our talented and caring staff, who are dedicate to our mission. We meet individuals and families where they are, and together, develop plans to build on strength and help achieve hopes and dreams.
We are seeking an Employment Specialist who meets the following criteria:
To make contact with potential employers and employment members, to work closely with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, to maintain a database for employment, to oversee billing for clients with Vocational Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health Organizations, and other funding sources, and other employment duties as required.
- Meets with members regarding employment:
A. Is the initial point of contact with members being referred for Employment Services only. Completes initial paperwork, develops goals, assists with a resume, explores SSA benefits, payment options as appropriate, and continues working with the member toward job placement.
B. Job develops, to build business networking relationships.
C. Seeks out certain types of jobs in order to make a good “match” for the member’s skill sets, work history and future work desires.
D. Refers members to Vocational Rehabilitation or other funding source if/as appropriate.
E. Continues providing supportive services to members, once they are employed, for a specified period based on need.
- Works closely with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation:
A. Is knowledgeable about all Letters of Agreement with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and ensures that all contractual requirements are being met.
B. Meets with the VR counselor at each funding level for Supported Employment members.
C. Completes all reports and forms required by VR for each member.
D. Makes referrals to VR submitting all required documentation.
E. Submits to VR all invoices as appropriate and follows up with them until they are paid.
- Maintains Employment Database and Statistics:
A. Develops and maintains an Employment Database using the web-based Foothold system.
B. Ensures appropriate paperwork is being completed on members in the database by reviewing database submissions and peer monitoring charts.
C. Completes monthly statistics on job seeking/employed members to be given to the Director of Supported Employment.
D. Meets with the appropriate Park Center and State staff during monitoring site visits.
- Works closely with other members of the employment team and with the programs at Park Center:
A. Follows the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) model of service delivery.
B. Attends weekly employment team meetings.
C. Provides assistance for employment lunches and other employment activities.
D. Attends treatment team meetings, as needed.
E. Is available to answer questions regarding employment for other Park Center programs.
F. Helps coordinate with other programs (Housing, Emerging Adults) within Park Center to offer employment services to members.
G. Assists with telephone follow-ups of employment members.
H. Maintains regular contact with employers, via telephone and in person, as appropriate in order to maintain effective employer relations and as directed by good fidelity.
I. Actively job develops in the community on behalf of members.
5. Values cultural competence and diversity:
A. Collaborates with staff, members, and the community to gain the perspectives of others with diverse opinions, abilities, values, beliefs, perspectives, and ethnic or cultural backgrounds.
B. Takes deliberate steps to increase own cultural competency by attending trainings, events, discussions, workshops, etc.
- Other Duties:
A. Attends monthly employment luncheons.
B. Is knowledgeable about the contents of the Employee Handbook and accurately follows all procedures.
C. Attends all necessary staff meetings and trainings.
D. Participates in member activities whenever possible.
E. Works Christmas or Thanksgiving as scheduled.
F. Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college in social work, sociology, vocational rehabilitation, or other human services related field
- At least one year’s experience in a mental health or social service setting
- Ability to work effectively with people
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Strong communication skills
- Strong management and organizational skills
- Demonstrates high standards of professional and ethical behavior
- Must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must be able to show proof of personal automobile insurance
- Must be insurable under Park Center's automobile insurance