Employment Specialist

Oconomowoc Residential Programs

For almost 40 years, Paragon Community Services has been providing day services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During that time our goal has remained steadfast—to promote the highest level of independence while improving the lives of the people we serve. Paragon has recently added a prevocational skills program and employment services to help individuals move to the goal of competitive integrated employment. We are currently seeking a motivated individual to join our team as an Employment Specialist.

The Employment Specialist will focus on employer engagement and is responsible for working with local businesses to identify employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. This position will negotiate paid positions and/or develop and coordinate internships within local businesses based on the interests of the job seeker. Additionally, this role will also be responsible for providing skill instruction and job support. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Engages job seekers and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in community job settings

Manages an active caseload of approximately 8-12 job seekers

Assist with career counseling, evaluation, skills training/assessment, job readiness training and other activities related to employment transition, and successful job placement

Facilitates and schedules interviews, workplace tours and job shadows for job seekers with prospective employers

Works with local businesses to find or create open positions for job seekers

Work with employers/businesses to remove employment barriers and resolve issues related to community integration and independence for people with disabilities

Bachelor’s degree preferred

3 years of experience working with individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) preferred

Previous experience working in employment services for individuals with disabilities preferred

Valid Driver’s License with 3 years of a clean driving record

Remains calm under pressure, exercises patience, and maintains self-composure/self-control in times of high stress.

Effective working alone and as a member of a team; willing to travel to other locations as needed.

As an employee owner, you can expect transparency, respect and appreciation. You’ll impact the place you work and map a career within Paragon Community Services, a MyPath Company. With your passion and our breadth of services, your options are nearly limitless!

ID: 2023-19896

Shift: 1st

External Company URL: https://careers.mypathcompanies.com

Street: 1746 Executive Drive