The Vocational Specialist has responsibility to develop, direct, and provide work-related services, including assessment of the effect of the client’s mental illness on employment, and to plan and implement an ongoing employment strategy to enable each client to obtain and retain a job. Also assumes generalist functions of providing treatment, rehabilitation, care management and support services within the team.
Hours: Full-time (Chester County location in Exton, PA)
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Provide individual vocational-supportive counseling to enable clients to identify vocational strengths and problems, establish vocational or career goals and plans to reach them.
- Teach clients to recognize and target symptoms of mental illness that interfere with work.
- Plan and provide work-related supportive services, such as assistance with grooming and personal hygiene, securing appropriate clothing, wake-up calls and transportation.
- Teach job-seeking skills.
- Develop individualized jobs based on clients’ needs, abilities and interests.
- Conduct on-the-job performance assessments and evaluations, regular work review sessions with clients and their employers, on-the-job support, and crisis-assistance contacts.
- Perform job coaching, problem solving, and support on and off the job site.
- Coordinate with state vocational rehabilitation and other employment services.
- Provide benefits counseling (e.g., SSI, veterans’ benefits).
- Provide service coordination (care management) for an assigned group of clients including developing and evaluating individual treatment plans, providing individual supportive therapy and symptom management.
- Participate in client-centered comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history, mental status, physical health, use of drugs or alcohol, education and employment, social development and functioning, activities of daily living, and family structure and relationships.
- Provide on-call crisis interventions and serve as back up after hours on rotating schedule.
- A bachelor’s degree in a human services field and two years direct service experience with mental health consumers.
- Understanding of principles of mental illness and ability to implement them, vocational assessment and planning, and crisis management planning.
- Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license with good driving record.
- A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.
Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer