Employment Specialist (Vocational Counselor I/II) – Teens and Young Adults

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for vocational rehabilitation activities which support young people with mental health experiences who want work. Coordinate employment services, including development of community jobs, working with employers to ensure quality job placements, working with outside agencies and partnering to benefit the employment program. Cooperatively work with treatment sites to established mutual outcomes for the people we serve. This position will be part of a Coordinated Specialty Care team as part of the RAISE model (Recovery After Initial Schizophrenia Episode) serving young people who have had their first experience of schizophrenia. This position will also serve young people with other mental health challenges.


VC I – $16.24/hr. – $19.49/hr. (Bachelor)

VC II – $18.84/hr. – $22.64/hr. (Master, or Bachelor + 5 yr)


  • Provide IPS (Individual Placement and Support for Transition Age Youth) employment services for teens and young adults to assist them in finding and keeping meaningful employment
  • Outreach and engage young people in employment activities that are meaningful and relevant to them
  • Show compassion and respect for people who have experienced trauma and who experience serious mental health challenges
  • Participate as part of a collaborative team that serves people experiencing their first episode of psychosis
  • Transport young people to and from job searches, interviews, etc and assist young people in building their own strategies for on-going job transportation.
  • Knowledge of and experience in following fidelity of IPS evidence-based practice of employment support preferred.
  • Experience working with teens and young adults, encouraging their voice in their goals and offering Motivational Interviewing without judgment when looking at choices.
  • Strong communication skills to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • This position has a lot of flexibility in scheduling appointments and is mostly working in the community with young people. It is imperative that you have excellent time-management skills for managing your own schedule in the community and for timely documentation in the EHR.

Education/Experience Requirements:

Vocational Counselor I

  • Bachelor degree in rehabilitation or specific job duties with one year of experience.
  • Bachelor degree in related field with one year of vocational experience or experience related to specific job duties.
  • Three years of vocational experience or experience related to specific job duties.

Vocational Counselor II

  • Masters degree in vocational rehabilitation or specific job duties.
  • Masters degree in related field and one year of vocational experience, or experience related to specific job duties.
  • Bachelors degree in rehabilitation and three years vocational experience, or experience related to specific job duties.
  • Bachelors degree in related field and four years vocational experience or experience related to specific job duties.

Some experience in mental health, social services or human services preferred.

SKILLS: Public relations and community organization skills. Ability to give, receive and analyze information, formulate work plans, prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans. Must understand people from all walks of life and be able to communicate effectively with them while being strength based. Good computer skills. Ability to build rapport and support young people with serious mental health challenges and trauma through trauma-informed and person-centered work. Knowledge of Psychiatric Rehabilitation philosophy and principles; CPRP preferred.


MACHINES AND EQUIPMENT TO BE USED: Computers, calculators, fax machines, copiers, telephone and a variety of other office/clerical equipment.

TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Requires sitting, standing, bending and reaching. May require lifting up to 40 pounds. Requires manual dexterity sufficient to operate standard office machines such as computers, fax machines, the telephone and other office and/or clinical equipment. Ability to drive a car and show proof of insurance to transport people we serve.

WORKING CONDITIONS: May require occasional evening hours. Must have valid drivers license to drive to consumer work sites, employer sites.

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