IPS Employment and Outreach Specialist

IPS Employment and Outreach Specialist

 JOB SUMMARY: Carries out the services of the IPS Supported Employment program by assisting clients to obtain and maintain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals. Will perform work involving the care and treatment of individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and provide positive rehabilitative influence in group and one to one settings. Performs other duties as required. This position will spend approximately 50% of the time in Calumet County providing direct services to Calumet County residents. Additionally, one Saturday will be required every three months, but another day off during the week will be offered.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, human services or relevant degree is required
  • Minimum one (1) year experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, experience providing employment services, and knowledge of work world are required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Demonstrated common sense, judgement and communication skills, and the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team environment


  • Engages clients and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated, community job settings
  • Assess clients’ vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences.
  • Conducts job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the clients, following the principles of IPS supported employment
  • Completes a minimum of six face to face employer contacts a week
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment; Provides one to one support when needed
  • Delivers education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients
  • Provides outreach services, as necessary, to clients when they appear to disengage from services; provides timely interventions
  • Participates in weekly meetings with mental health treatment team and communicated individually with team members between meetings in order to coordinate and integrate vocational services into mental health treatment
  • Develops person-centered plans with clients
  • Spends 65% or more of scheduled work hours in the community
  • Documents activities in case notes while meeting Medical Assistance billable standards
  • Facilitates group activities that promote skill development and wellness management
  • Documents observations relating to actions and behaviors and maintains clinical records of services provided


Work performed is generally within the sedentary range as defined by the United States Department of Labor.

Base rate is $20.00/hour. Full time with benefits offered.


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