Special Education High School Employment Specialist I
Salary range: 30
Under supervision of the Vocational Education Teacher/Manager, initiate, develop, and organize linkages with surrounding employers to create job opportunities appropriate for students with special needs. Provide smooth individualized service to PAUSD students to determine job-training goals and ongoing job development and job placement support.
- B.A. degree or equivalent coursework or training in a closely related field
- Experience with job development, placement and travel training
- An understanding of disabilities and compensatory techniques for enhancing student success.
- Prior experience working with students with disability required.
- Satisfactory work history
- Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work
- Valid California Driver's License
- Possess and maintain a safe driving record
- Reliable automobile transportation for use between sites during working hours
- Flexible schedule and ability to work evenings and weekends as required by student needs.
- Develop employment opportunities appropriate for high school students
- Perform specific job analysis to facilitate job and client matching
- Provide skill training for high school students working in the community
- Work with the employer on location, provides consultation in training methods, behavior management, or other related issues
- As necessary, provide travel destination training for students
- Ensure compliance with safety and confidentiality standards
- Act as program monitor for assigned students. Completes requisite forms and accountability documentation including, but not limited to incident reports, case recordings, termination, student attendance records
- Act as liaison between employers and students; provides intervention and consultation as needed
- Maintain a professional relationship with employers, parents, consumers and others. Represent PAUSD in the community
- Assess and document student progress; evaluate quality control
- Maintain case records of assigned students; participate in case review and goal planning
- Act as an advocate on behalf of students served
- As required, coordinate services of hourly job coaches
- Perform other relevant duties as assigned to ensure quality and efficiency of program services
- Match high school students with disabilities with appropriate work experience/ employment
- Establish linkages with employers to develop job opportunities appropriate for students
- 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
- Maintain good relationships with employers and community partners.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Ability to understand and relate to high school students with disabilities;
- Ability to relate in a positive and constructive manner with students, parents, staff members, and the community;
- Maintain positive relationships with a variety of the high school students with disabilities support base, such as teachers, therapists, case mangers, administrators, parents/guardians;
- Ability to observe, evaluate, document, and communicate verbally and in writing, student performance and social behavior;
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of an IEP team;
- Knowledge and understanding of physical and mental disabilities;
- 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;
- 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.;
- Concepts and methods of job development; understanding of organizational linkages with surrounding employers to create job opportunities appropriate for students with special needs;
- An understanding of disabilities and compensatory techniques for enhancing student success;
- Prior experience working with students with disability required;
- Successful experience demonstrating tact, courtesy, positive attitude and maintaining cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
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.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.
The employee frequently is required to use hands to write, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, turn, talk and hear, and taste and smell.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
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.
Work environment includes working directly with teenagers. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that teenagers are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Revision Date: 10/22/2012
Initial date: 09/27/2012
Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.