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Pre- Employment Transition Services Skills Trainer

Organization: DAWN Center for Independent Living
Date Posted: 3/18/2019
Date Needed: 4/16/2019
City: Denville
Location: New Jersey
Country: United States
Primary Category: Non-Profit
Salary: $38,000.00 yearly
Type of Position: Full-Time
Education Requirement: Bachelor's
Experience Requirement: 1-2 years

Description & Details

The Pre- Employment Transition Services Skills Trainer is a member of the Pre-Employment Transition (Pre-ETS) and Independent Living (IL) Team. In collaboration with team members, the Pre-ETS Skills Trainer is responsible for delivering a system of structured employment readiness services that will give students with disabilities opportunities and the tools to make a successful transition from high school to additional education, training or competitive integrated employment. He/she will assist consumers to access the full scope of services offered by DAWN Center for Independent Living (CIL), and assist in developing and promoting these programs and services.

Essential Duties:

·         Recruit students through referrals and contact with school system, agencies, etc.

·         Develop Internship sites for youth served under Summer Internship program based on appraisals of aptitude, interests, personality and other relevant vocational factors

·         Support youth and employers while on site at internships

·         Assess barriers/modifications at internship sites; educate employers on reasonable accommodation

·         Oversee evaluation of internships at work site and use data to determine if changes are necessary

·         Deliver content of pre-employment transition services and IL life skills or other instructional programs and services and/or customized content in groups or individually.

·         Assist student participants in developing individualized educational/career plans based on appraisals of aptitude, interests, personality and other relevant vocational factors

·         Oversee development, coordination, and implementation of activities including orientations, workshops, job shadowing, site visits, internship placements, student seminars, and career exploration trips in accordance with WIOA Guidelines and Guideposts

·         Assist in developing curriculum-based, customized pre-employment transition services, IL life skills training, and other related programs and services.

·         Assist in developing and cultivating partnerships with schools, community-based organizations, parent organizations and local post-secondary education institutions to strengthen transition programming for youth with disabilities.

·         Implement instruction of participants in career paths, resume building, job search, interviewing techniques, appropriate work habits and interpersonal skills necessary for success in competitive employment

·         Work closely with local DVR offices (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) to coordinate referrals, assessments, and additional services as needed

·         Maintain positive, constructive relationships with consumers, educational systems, referring agencies, funding sources, business community, families and the community at large

·         Maintain detailed and accurate service records of all consumer contacts, as per contractual obligations

·         Write, compile and submit reports, evaluations, progress notes and other required documents in a timely manner

·         Facilitate workshops and public forums relating to services provided

·         Keep abreast of all local, state and national policies, initiatives, programs, and services relating to IL life skills and transition for people with disabilities (including employment policies/programs/initiatives) through relevant multi-media research and by participating in relevant activities and events.

·         Conduct outreach efforts to create an awareness of Independent Living, Transition and Employment readiness topics, best practices and challenges relative to youth in transition.

·         Produce content for newsletters and other publications or correspondence using current technologies and multi-media communications platforms.

·         Collaborate with agency staff in other program areas to ensure seamless support for consumers receiving other services in addition to Independent Living

·         Facilitate distribution of consumer satisfaction surveys

·         Assist with advocacy efforts pertinent to consumer base

·         Complete all required webinars and trainings

·         Attend all internal staff meetings, trainings, and in-services as required

Required Knowledge/Skills/Attributes:


·         Knowledge and support of Independent Living Philosophy;

·         Ability to relate to and communicate with people with disabilities, other stakeholders

·         Experience using workplace technology

·         Strong team player willing to take direction, initiate business activities

·         Self-starter

·         Professional demeanor and presentation;

·         Effective spoken and written communication skills.

·         Ability to organize work and set priorities

·         Ability to cope with moderate to high levels of stress.


Working conditions

·         Professional development and continued learning opportunities offered.

·         Employer sponsored health benefits, paid time off, sick days and paid holidays.

·         Standard Work Week is Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm. this position requires flexibility to ensure program compliance.

·         Requires site visits and attendance at community based meetings; ideal candidate must have access to transportation. Mileage reimbursement is provided for use of personal vehicle.

·         DAWN Center for Independent Living is an EOE.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a Social Services field - and a minimum of two years of experience providing transition related services to youth with disabilities. Experience may be substituted for education on a year-to-year basis
  • Previous experience working with individuals with disabilities required



Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $38,000.00 /year

Detailed cover letter and resume required for application to be complete. Resumes must be emailed to or via fax to 973-625-1942. No phone calls.




How to Apply / Contact

Detailed cover letter and resume required for application to be complete. Resumes must be emailed to or via fax to 973-625-1942. No phone calls.


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Contact Us

7361 Calhoun Place Suite 680 Rockville, MD 20855 301.279.0060 (phone) 301.279.0075 (fax)