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Career Opportunities

Current STARability Job Opportunities

Employment Specialist

The STARability Foundation is seeking a part-time Employment Specialist for its Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and educational program for post-high school individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a newly created position that will report to and work with the Trailblazer Academy Program Director to enhance employment opportunities for participants. The successful candidate will have a passion for advocating for individuals with additional needs and helping employers recognize how their unique abilities can contribute to the workforce.

Responsibilities include:

• Extensive networking with current and potential vocational partners/employers to fulfill employment goals for Trailblazer Academy participants.
• Meet regularly with vocational partner representatives (managers, business owners, and staff) to identify customized and competitive employment opportunities.
• Develop new vocational partnerships with local businesses, increasing the variety of job skill opportunities.
• Maintain knowledge of current laws and benefits for businesses that employ people with disabilities.
• In collaboration with the Trailblazer Academy Program Director and Instructors, evaluate program participants to identify their job readiness, job skills, and employment goals.
• Provide direct job coaching to participants once they are placed in employment.
• Maintain data on participants and write reports, such as individual employment plans, as required.

Qualifications:

• Knowledge of the field of developmental challenges and similar needs.
• Knowledge of the local business community and the ability to network and develop partnerships.
• Bachelor’s degree preferred in the field of social work, business, or behavioral sciences.
• Three years of experience providing education, social, or direct care services to people with diagnosed special needs or other populations.
• Knowledge of referral services regarding the impact of employment wages on SSI, SSDI, and other benefits.
• Ability to apply general principles of educational, vocational and socialization for individuals with developmental challenges and similar needs seeking and maintaining employment, and those seeking to develop skills that could eventually lead to employment.
• Ability to be flexible, patient and handle a variety of situations.
• Excellent presentation and verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals, including some with non-traditional communication styles.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).
• Employment subject to background check.

This is a part-time position (25 hours per week) with opportunity for growth.  Successful candidate must have valid drivers license and insurance and operate own vehicle.  Local travel required.  Join us in making our participants feel confident in their abilities rather than their disabilities through employment opportunities.

 

Trailblazer Academy Program Instructors

The STARability Foundation is seeking two (2) Program Instructors for its Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and educational program for post-high school individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Program Instructor will support the Program Director in developing, conducting and evaluating all the components of the Trailblazer Academy. Program areas include job training and readiness, nutrition & health, life skills, personal finance & budgeting and discovering the arts. The Program Instructor should have a passion for advocating for the participants while out in the community and work alongside them as a mentor for reaching their individual goal and recognizing their unique abilities.

Responsibilities:

• Supervise the participants while out in the community and participating in all activities.
• Help gather supplies for weekly lesson plans.
• Evaluate the participants to identify their job readiness, job skills and employment goals.
• Work with participants out in the community at vocational sites implementing employment-readiness curriculum that includes activities of daily living, community awareness.
• Maintain data on participants while at specific vocational sites and other components of the program using a provided electronic data collection program.
• Communicate effectively using appropriate tools and techniques and interact and develop positive and professional relationships with individuals with disabilities, their families and members of the community.
• Locate and evaluate information and situations from multiple perspectives in decision-making regarding health promotion and physical activity for individuals with disabilities and apply advocacy skills for a healthy lifestyle.
• Additional duties with this position include attending STARability social events to support staff and our membership. We also request participation in support of our annual signature fundraising gala as part of the event logistics team.
• This is a full time position (32.5 hours per week). The regular hours are Monday through Friday 8:45AM-3:15PM. Additional hours for events on evenings or weekends may be required.

Qualifications:

• Associates Degree in Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Therapy, Adapted Physical Activity, Physical and Health Education or a related field, OR
• Two years of experience providing education, social, or direct care services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• Ability to apply general principles of education, vocational training and socialization for individuals with developmental challenges and similar needs seeking and maintaining employment, and those seeking to develop skills that could eventually lead to employment.
• Ability to be flexible, patient and handle a variety of situations.
• Ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals within the community.

Candidates must have a valid state driver’s license and be able to pass criminal background screening.

 

 

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