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High School Employment Specialist

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Salary range: 30

Reports to: Vocational Education Teacher/Manager


Under supervision, collaborate as the employment and work experience specialist on a multi-disciplinary team of parents, case manager, therapists and other Special Education service representatives to provide support for students preparing for graduation. Focus on individualized service to PAUSD High School students with special needs to determine job-training goals and to deliver job development and job placement support appropriate for the age group.

  • B.A. degree or equivalent experience in working with Special Needs High School students
  • Prior experience working with students with disability required
  • Experience working in Special Education programs for Secondary Students preferred
  • Experience working with students and parents preferred
  • An understanding of disabilities and compensatory techniques for high school aged students
  • Experience with job development, placement and travel training desirable
  • Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships in a team setting
  • Satisfactory work history
  • Have and maintain a valid California Driver's License and appropriate driving record
  • Reliable automobile transportation for use during working hours
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, and ability to work evenings and weekends as required by student employment needs.
  • Meet with students and teachers regularly to understand student interest and strengths and help translate these into employment skills and opportunities
  • Work in a school based setting collaborate with students, parents, therapists and other service providers to develop employment skills for students
  • Ensure compliance with safety and confidentiality standards
  • Develop employment opportunities appropriate for high school students
  • Perform job/student analysis to facilitate job and student matching
  • Match High School students with disabilities with appropriate work experience/ employment
  • Establish linkages with employers to develop job opportunities appropriate for students with disabilities
  • Provide skill training to high school students as needed for successfully working in the community
  • Work with employers as needed to provide consultation in training methods, behavior management, or other related issues for student employment success
  • As necessary, provide travel destination training for students
  • Transport students as necessary
  • Be a liaison between employers and students; provide intervention and consultation as needed
  • Assess and document student progress; evaluate quality control
  • Maintain case records of assigned students; participate in case review and goal planning with teachers and case workers
  • Acts as an advocate on behalf of students when needed
  • Maintain positive relationships with a variety of systems, such as teachers, therapists, case mangers, administrators, parents/guardians, employers, to create a positive experience with employment
  • Work collaboratively as part of an IEP team
  • Accept supervision and work cooperatively as a team member
  • Impart and obtain information tactfully and accurately
  • Read, interpret and follow regulations, rules, policies and procedures
  • Exercise sound judgment
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Work independently
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned to ensure quality and efficiency of program services
  • Maintain good relationships with employers and community partners
  • With appropriate training, may be called upon to provide First Aid/CPR.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with employers, parents, consumers and others.
  • Understand and relate to high school students with disabilities;
  • Understanding of, and sensitivity to the experiences of parents of high school students with disabilities;
  • Knowledge and understanding of physical and mental disabilities;
  • Ability to relate in a positive and constructive manner with students, parents, staff members, and the community;
  • Ability to develop relationships with students and with parents;
  • Ability to observe, evaluate, document, and communicate verbally and in writing, student performance and social behavior;
  • Self-direction; flexibility; utilization of critical thinking skills; ability to make sound decisions; good organizational and record keeping skills;
  • General concepts of child growth and development and child behavior characteristics;
  • Concepts and methods of job development, and organizational linkages with surrounding employers to create job opportunities appropriate for students with special needs;
  • School district policy, rules and regulations;
  • Office methods and equipment, including computers and ancillary equipment;
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation; letter and report writing; answering telephones and relaying messages;
  • Applicable sections of state education code and other applicable laws.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend offsite meetings with community and business partners.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Work environment includes working directly with students. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

Work Year: 11 months

Revision Date: 03/23/2017

Initial date: 08/01/2016

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.