Employment Specialist @ JCFS Chicago

Employment Specialist

If you’re a motivated, goal-oriented individual looking to work in a friendly, customer focused environment than we have the job for you! JCFS Chicago’s Duman Opportunity Center (Duman) mission is to support job seekers with disabilities find meaningful employment while supporting employers who value this workforce population. We maximize staff expertise to provide integrated, customized supports, ultimately leading to increased job placement and retention. Duman’s strong employer relationships ensure success for both the job seeker and employer.

JCFS Chicago is currently hiring an Employment Specialist who assists clients in locating appropriate employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. They may refer clients to other agencies or community services. The Employment Specialist evaluates client placement and employability potential and additionally provides job coaching on an as needed basis.


- Schedules clients' appointments via telephone, letter, or computer. Interviews clients to obtain pertinent data; evaluates clients' vocational needs and funding requirements; recommends specific Agency or external programs and services.
- Coordinates services to/from DRS and other appropriate referral sources; coordinates and teaches job readiness training classes according to program needs; maintains ongoing communication with funding sources for additional training and employment service programs.
- Utilizes Customized Employment techniques in all aspects of services; to evaluate client potential, develops employment goals, job development and retention.
- Identifies clients' skills interests and contributions.
- Assists clients in acquiring job search skills and counsels them on job search goals and issues.
- Creates client visual resumes with client input.
- May teach job readiness training classes or job clubs, as needed.
- Arranges staffings with the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) and/or other stakeholders and maintains monthly communication with same.
- Communicates with DRS counselors regarding job retention issues of clients.
- Completes funder required information and reporting requirements.
- Initiates telephone and/or face-to-face contacts with potential employers to introduce and explain Agency services, describe clients served, and learn about current job openings.
- Refers clients to job opportunities, sets up interview appointments, may arrange interpreters and coordinate with appropriate internal and external personnel, and follows up with clients and employers after interviews.
- Provides on-the-job training, job coaching and follow-up services to clients through employment site visits, individual meetings during free time (lunch, before/after work hours), phone contact and correspondence.
- Maintains accurate and updated records and files of employer and client contacts, including client follow up.
- Obtains and evaluates all pertinent information about each assigned client, including employment restrictions, qualifications and assets, health, availability, etc. -
- Maintains current and accurate records, including funder databases, according to COA standards.
- Provides outreach/recruitment to local, targeted community agencies, government entities and schools to market the program to potential referral sources.
- Consults and coordinates with agency and community resources to accommodate a wide range of individual needs.
- Carries a case load of 20 or more clients depending on client abilities
- Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
- Follows prescribed safety procedures. Acts to ensure safety for self, co-workers and clients.
- Carries out responsibilities in accordance with professional standards.
- Works cooperatively with co-workers and maintains congenial relationships with Agency employees, clients/clients, and outside representatives.
- Where appropriate, demonstrates empathy and concern in client/client interaction.
- Complies with all appropriate Agency policies and procedures.
- Performs other duties as required.

- Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university.
- Completion of Customized Employment training from nationally recognized trainer preferred. (for Customized Employment focused position only)
- Minimum one to two years related experience.
- Must be able to operate a motor vehicle, possess a valid driver’s license, and have reliable transportation to locations that may not be accessible via public transportation.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals, to write routine reports and correspondence, and to speak effectively before groups of clients or employees of organization.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists and to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- Ability to add and subtract two-digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's and to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

JCFS Chicago offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.

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JCFS Chicago is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area. Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS

JCFS Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS Chicago provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, leave early for Shabbat, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, FSA
  • Preferred Experience: Entry Level (0-2 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-07-12
  • Times this job has been viewed: 409 times
  • Job is posted for: 45 days
  • Job Categories: Case Worker, Human Services, Other
  • Organization Type: Family Services, Outreach, Other, Social Work
Job Location
JCFS Chicago
6639 N. Kedzie
Chicago , Illinois 60645


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