The Vocational Specialist works with program participants from
referrals made through State Agency contracts and is responsible
for completing vocational assessments and assisting individuals to
secure competitive community employment by providing and arranging
the necessary job supports to ensure success.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS*
+ Develop and expand opportunities for community integration to
address program participant employment, social, and recreational
interests, using Agency and personal network of contacts.
+ Complete assessment of employment interests, skills, and
+ Develop and implement Employment Plan by; assisting program
participants in making and expressing employment choices and
providing career counseling. Place participants in community based
jobs that are consistent with their employment service goal.
+ Develop and maintain relationships with community businesses
to secure employment opportunities.
+ Provide supervision and job support by communicating regularly
with supervisors at employment sites regarding participant progress
and checking in regularly with participant.
+ Provide benefits counseling throughout job search and
placement process; refer to Social Security Benefits counselor as
+ Document progress towards employment plan objectives and
report progress in the form of daily progress notes, monthly
/quarterly progress reports and during team meetings.
+ Develop and maintain accurate, up-to-date case records,
service hours, and billing records. Meet established billing goals.
Submit work culture report for all employed participants.
+ Ensure program participants' health, safety and general
well-being at the work site.
+ Promote accessibility for people with disabilities in the
workplaces of other entities by identifying and addressing existing
and potential barriers to their employment (architectural,
+ Establish and maintain a positive and professional
relationship with community contacts, employers, co-workers and
supervisors, funding sources, etc.
+ Adhere to all funding source regulations and Cape Abilities
policies and procedures.
+ Serves as mandated reporter for suspected cases of abuse
and/or neglect to the Disabled Persons Protection Commission
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
+ Understands and implements Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS)
Universal Supports strategies and techniques with participants' and
+ Provide transportation to participants if necessary in Agency
+ All other job-related duties as assigned.
+ Total Quality Management: Is dedicated to providing the
highest quality services, which meet the needs and requirements of
internal and external customers; is committed to continuous
improvement through empowerment and performance management; creates
a learning environment leading to the most efficient and effective
+ Adaptability: Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or
unexpected events; manages competing demands; changes approach or
method to best fit the situation; inspires others to be adaptable
+ Ethics, Values and Diversity: Promotes an appropriate and
effective work environment and strives to ensure that the agency's
core values and beliefs are applied during all circumstances;
genuinely cares about people; deals effectively with all races,
nationalities, cultures, disabilities, ages, lifestyle choices and
genders; supports equal and fair treatment and opportunity for all;
adheres to and promotes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
advocates for the rights and interests of individuals with
disabilities to maximize their potential in the programs and
communities of their choice.
+ Integrity and Trust: Is respectful, truthful, and transparent;
keeps confidences; takes ownership and responsibility for decisions
+ Problem Solving and Judgment: Probes all useful and
constructive sources to find pertinent answers; can analyze issues,
identify problems and work toward appropriate solutions;
collaborates with others or as part of a team; displays willingness
to make decisions; makes timely decisions; exhibits sound and
+ Oral and Written Communications: Speaks clearly, appropriately
and effectively with a diverse group of individuals; is an active
listener and gets clarification when necessary; participates
constructively in meetings; is able to write clearly and
succinctly; is able to communicate clearly in a variety of settings
PREPARATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
+ High school diploma or equivalent required.
+ Bachelor's degree preferred.
+ Minimum 2 years prior related experience.
+ Ability to teach and model occupational tasks.
+ Must be able to effectively communicate in both verbal and
written form with coworkers and supported individuals and read
+ Valid driver's license in the state of Massachusetts
+ Successful completion of all state and Agency mandated
trainings required upon hire.
+ No supervisory responsibility.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
+ Normal working conditions.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature
and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this
job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all
responsibilities and duties required.
*External and internal applicants, as well as position
incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with
Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job
functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a
reasonable accommodation to be determin