Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 13.91-15.30 DOE
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full healthcare package, 10 holidays, vacation, sick leave, and 403(b) Plan

Catholic Community Services

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Benefits for the Employment Specialist

  • Up to 27 paid days off during your first year, including 10 paid holidays
  • Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary short-term disability, hospital confinement indemnity; accident, critical illness insurance
  • 403(b)
  • Section 125 Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • Section 125 Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
  • Ongoing training and development

Location: COPD NM Vocational Program, Albuquerque, NM

The EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST will be responsible for assisting clients of the COPD NM Vocational program through the successful completion in attaining and retaining competitive employment opportunities in the community. The Employment Specialist will also be responsible, as assigned, to provide extended services to clients who have gained and retain community employment. Maintains case files, progress notes, VR reports and necessary support documentation for all clients. Position may from time to time be stressful and require a high demand of performance. May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Assist clients with assessment of abilities for appropriate employment
  • Assist clients in obtaining employment
  • Assist in one-on-one and group training to prepare job seekers for competitive employment
  • Provide needed job coaching (to be determined on individual basis)
  • May conduct task analysis, arranging tasks into sequential teachable components
  • In a work setting: (a) monitors and teaches work related skills and behaviors such as appropriate communication, on-task behavior, grooming, appropriate social interactions. (b) identifies employer or supported employee concerns and tries to resolve potential problems without intruding on the employer/supervisor relationships. (c) ensure that task is completed according to the standard established for that task
  • Coordinate with business and agencies
  • Maintain contact with employer and employee to ensure job success
  • Liaison with individual served, family, employer, and any other parties to remove all barriers to successful competitive employment and continued employment
  • Develop appropriate records and complete all documentation as required by funding agency and COPD
  • Provide client with transportation during assessment and job development, as necessary
  • Assure all agency safety policies are adhered to
  • Always represent COPD in a courteous and professional manner
  • Travel to client's worksite and access varying workspace, as necessary
  • Report regularly to supervisor on client status
  • Complete and submit all required reporting forms, including hours worked, in a timely manner
  • Participate in staffing with referral counselor or other professional providing services
  • Adhere to COPD policies
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the agency
  • May drive agency or personal vehicle on company business


  • Suitable work experience may be considered as transferable skills in order to meet minimum requirements of the position, and will be considered by the Corporate Director of Human Resources
  • HS Degree or equivalent
  • 2 years of experience working with individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Some experience in employment services, job development, work training
  • Knowledge of American Sign Language
  • Valid New Mexico Driver's license, proof of automobile insurance, and New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division - Motor Vehicle Report
  • Ability to pass a drug screening
  • Pass FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Summary
  • Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule. Days and times will be assigned based on program/program participant needs. This may include working some evenings, weekends, or holidays
  • Computer skills, including word processing, excel and database
  • Ability to work as a contributing team member
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and reporting
  • Ability to function in a flexible, ever-changing environment


  • Bachelor's in Social Services or related field
  • Basic American Sign Language
  • Sales or marketing experience
  • Additional years of directly related experience
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP)

The above statement reflects the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the job.

We are an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer for all individuals. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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