Youth Employment Specialist

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Delivers an effective community program for placement in business and industry of individuals with disabilities served by VPI, Inc. The position focuses on services to students (age 14 to 21).


1. Conducts orientation and plans development activities for individuals.

2. Assures the provision of services in accordance with the agency’s various contracts, operating agreements, and policies/procedures. Prepares comprehensive and timely reports and maintains appropriate documentation.

3. Develops supported and non-supported, job and volunteer opportunities in the community for current and potential participants of the agency.

4. Coordinates potential and actual placements with school district staff, VPI staff, various community resources, and other individuals to facilitate a smooth transition of the participant into community employment.

5. Provides job counseling and job seeking skills training. Acts as a resource to the other staff in determining participant job readiness.

6. Provides follow-up contacts, as well as consultation and support to employers, to help ensure the success of the participant’s placement.

7. Conducts an ongoing program of public education to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

8. Professionally communicates with assigned case managers, job coaches, and inter-agency professional staff to facilitate mutual program planning and support for program participants.

9. Networks with other Employment Specialists at VPI, Inc.

10. Develops and updates professional skills through various training opportunities and resources.


1. Bachelor’s degree in human service or related field or equivalent.

2. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Salary: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour

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