JOB SUMMARY:

Be a part of a collaborative mental health treatment team, support individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders with their employment and education goals, and actively engage in the community as an IPS Employment Specialist in Outagamie County. An IPS Employment Specialist carries out the services of the IPS Supported Employment program by assisting clients to obtain and maintain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals.

 

This position will serve Fond Du Lac County and will be a home and community based position, with approximately 65% of time spent at community locations and the remainder of time working from home. There will be occasional travel to Appleton, WI, primarily during the training period.

 

ABOUT YOU:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of education or human services
  • Experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness or experience providing employment services, and knowledge preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work cooperatively in a team environment

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE AS AN IPS EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST:

  • Engages clients and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated, community job settings
  • Assess clients’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences
  • Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the clients, following the principles of IPS supported employment
  • Conducts a minimum of six face-to-face employer contacts per week
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment
  • Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients
  • Provides outreach services, as necessary, to clients when they appear to disengage from services
  • Provides timely interventions
  • Participates in weekly meetings with the mental health treatment team and communicates individually with teams members between meetings in order to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment
  • Develops person-centered plans with clients
  • Documents activities in case notes meeting Medical Assistance billable standards

 

Starting at $18/hour

Work performed is generally within the sedentary range as defined by the United States Department of Labor.