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.
· 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
· 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
· 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.
· 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to 973-625-1942. No phone calls.