Job Description Description: Position Summary: This position is for the Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) for People who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing, a program of Rise, Inc. The Occupational Communication Specialist provides pre-placement, job placement, training and long-term employment support to Minnesotans with hearing loss who may also experience other barriers to employment. At Rise, we believe that everyone deserves opportunities to live a life filled with purpose and pride. In our employment, housing, and life-enrichment services, we support people to set and achieve their personal goals. As a nonprofit, every Rise team member is driven by our mission. That shared commitment is the foundation of a workplace that embraces a culture of learning and growth by offering extensive training, competitive salaries, and a fun work environment. We are an inspiring leader in disability services that wants to make a real difference in people's lives! Hiring Bonus : $1,000 (paid after 3 month work anniversary) Responsibilities: - Support persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing to obtain and maintain fulfilling and rewarding competitive jobs - Adapt communication style to effectively match that of the person served - Provide individualized job placement services through regular meetings with person served to work on job seeking skills, preparing resumes and cover letters and interviewing - Actively cultivate competitive job opportunities with businesses and employers in the community as appropriate - Equip and empower individuals to be successful in their new job opportunity through ongoing support and relationship with employers - Train individuals to meet employer expectations including appropriate behaviors and production standards - Help persons served manage their symptoms well at work site - Advocate on behalf of individual with employer regarding job accommodations - Responsible for maintaining a caseload of 8-10 people while tracking and documenting a variety of data about services provided as well as billing through electronic case management systems - Utilize person centered thinking and motivational interviewing to best engage with person served - Approach services with a trauma-informed lens . Requirements: - Ability to communicate in American Sign Language at an advanced level (SLPI score of Advanced Plus - or ability to work towards this goal). - A valid driver's license and compliance with Rule 11 and MVR background check - Ability to travel to meet persons served and other business needs on a daily basis with use of a personal vehicle; mileage reimbursed - Ability to provide virtual support as needed (high-speed internet connection available) Preferred qualifications: - Knowledge of job training practices for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing - Familiarity in supporting individuals with additional barriers to employment - Degree in human services, vocational or social services - Knowledge of variety of supported employment systems and community based training program models Benefits: Starting: $17 per hour DOQ PM21 PI138176479 Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota, US Posted Date: 6/3/2021
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