Group Supported Employment Specialist Job Description

Position: Group Supported Employment Specialist
Location: Jefferson County Transfer Station Port Townsend, WA with some admin work-from-home opportunities are available.
Status: Full-time, hourly, non-exempt. Approximately 35-40 hours per week, M-F. Enjoy a flexible, self-managed schedule and work on-the-ground in our community.
Compensation & Benefits: $22/hr + benefits (listed below)
Start Date: April 1, 2022
Instructions: Please send a brief cover letter and resume to kc@kinshiphr.com. No phone calls, please. Open until filled; first review is Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

Job Summary

This role provides job coaching support and guides clients in accessible employment in a small group, light-hearted setting. Cascade Community Connections partners with the Jefferson County Public Works Solid Waste Program to guide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build self-empowerment and professional skills in an outdoor setting. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who loves to teach and seeks to work with others in the outdoors without the physical demands of full-time maintenance work.

Specialists receive training to assist individuals both professionally and personally. The goal is to encourage individuals to develop skills, abilities and behaviors that enable and support their transition to a more independent employment position, if they desire.

Job Responsibilities

Employment Support

  • The Group Supported Employment Specialist assists 3-5 participants in developing skills, abilities and behaviors that will enable them to most fully realize their vocational aspirations. Help participants maintain positive work related habits through hands-on coaching.
  • Duties take place at the Jefferson County Transfer Station and include guiding and supporting the work crew with litter pick-up, environment protection, building and equipment cleaning, grounds maintenance and beautification, using light power tools to perform light maintenance and ‘housekeeping’ to keep the site tidy.
  • Develop individualized employment plans with clients that meet Cascade standards and principals. Adjust plan according to clients’ needs and preferences. Keep thorough documentation of progress.
  • Conduct job development activities. Assess clients’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis. Provide individualized onsite job coaching to assist clients.
  • Collaborate with employees at the County to encourage internal job development. Identify opportunities to broaden the role or enhance skills. Provide support to, and frequent communication with, the County.
  • Prioritize solutions-based thinking through timely and proactive communication. Use conflict resolution skills to provide timely interventions when needed.
  • Comply with County site requirements and maintain excellent attendance, year-round, rain or shine to support the work crew. Proper gear is provided.

Team Support

  • Attend and contribute to internal weekly meetings, complete required staff trainings, and attend community meetings/events relevant to clients and their progress.
  • Participate in ongoing staff development and maintain cooperative working relationships with all agency staff, and community partners.

Other Duties

  • Other duties as assigned and in support of Cascade Community Connections.

Duties may change as organizational needs dictate. The above list is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, skills and responsibilities.

Relevant Skills

  • Knowledge of or interest in cultural diversity, inclusion, developmental disabilities, facilitation and/or personal development.
  • Proven success being punctual, reliable, and responsible. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel and Word. Working knowledge of Google Workspace programs (Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar).
  • Self-motivated and self-directed with a high level of initiative. Demonstrated ability to independently manage projects and schedules with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Effective interpersonal skills led by compassion and respect. Able to demonstrate empathy and compassion. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Previous professional experience that demonstrates ability to work independently, guide or collaborate with others, and perform with punctuality. 
  • Experience building mentorship-like relationships while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries. Experience building relationships with individuals with diverse backgrounds or abilities is valued.
  • Interest in maintenance, landscaping, or working outdoors.
  • Experience supporting those with developmental disabilities is beneficial but not required.
  • Experience in Social Work, Behavioral Science, or the Human Services field is a plus.
  • This role requires access to reliable transportation.
  • Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screen.
  • This role requires the employee to walk, stand and/or occasionally operate tools up to five hours per day; occasionally lift up to 25 pounds and perform various physical tasks to assist clients in performing their job functions. Cascade works with employees to develop reasonable accommodations as needed.
  • Under WA Governor Inslee’s vaccination mandate for health care workers, all employees must be able to provide proof of vaccination.

Schedule

This is a part-time, hourly, non-exempt position. Support takes place generally Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:30a-1:00p, plus light admin responsibilities that can be completed from home or in-office.

Benefits

  • Paid sick leave and paid vacation
  • Simple IRA (3% employer match after 90 days)
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Access to online learning modules with paid time for participation
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Occasional opportunities to work from home or in-office as desired
  • Access to in-office technology and equipment
  • Bonus structures for referrals and placements

Organization Overview

​​At Cascade Community Connections, we strive for a fully inclusive society  – in which each individual is provided equal access to community services and gainful employment. We proudly provide the resources and one-on-one guidance necessary for those seeking assistance with independent living, securing employment and navigating the transition from high school to broader community life. 

Cascade employees are provided thorough training with shadowing and in-depth education, giving them the tools to succeed. Cascade provides a unique, supportive environment where our employees work independently to offer guidance to their clients and collaborate with community members.

Cascade Community Connections Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Cascade Community Connections provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.