Employment Specialist

Mainstay Life Services

Position Description:
The Employment Specialist is responsible for the general growth, development and well-being of the individuals they support through the Employment Services program. Specifically, the duties and responsibilities of the Employment Specialist are as follows:

  • Care of Individuals
  • Treat individuals with dignity and respect while giving individuals an opportunity to exercise choice
  • Integrate individuals within the community through career assessment, job development and job coaching
  • Encourage, guide, and train individuals to develop competencies for on-the-job success
  • Provide proper supervision for individuals
  • Provide supports as scheduled
  • Follow call-off procedures when unable to provide agreed upon supports

Administrative Duties

  • Responsible for utilizing web-based billing and electronic client record systems as required
  • Ensure that all required documentation is completed on the same day of service
  • Understand, adhere to, and support agency policies and procedures
  • Understand, adhere to, and support federal, state, and county regulations and guidelines
  • Maintain confidentiality of all individuals’ information
  • Communicate information, problems, and concerns with supervisors and peers (as necessary)
  • Responsible for attending and participating in required trainings


  • Work independently in the community with 80% billable time and 20% administrative/travel weekly
  • Perform a career assessment as dictated by funding source
  • Develop client-centered employment plan to actively obtain a community-based job
  • Partners and interacts with employers to obtain community-based jobs
  • Supports client on job site through employer interaction and accommodations that support success on-the-job and their vocational goals
  • Completes all necessary paperwork on the same day of service
  • Attends all ISP (Individual Support Plan Meetings)
  • Provide monthly and quarterly reports to funding sources
  • Communicates with all members of the service team

Professional Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled, mandatory staff meetings, meetings with the individual’s support team (as necessary), training seminars, and supervisory sessions
  • Maintain appropriate professional conduct and dress
  • Participate productively and cooperatively on the staff team, with individuals, with individuals’ family members, the community, vocational providers, and educational providers
  • Follow the agency Code of Conduct
  • Assist in training new staff

Specific Requirements and Preferences:

  • CESP (Certified Employment Supports Professional) or ACRE certification preferred; or able to obtain within 6 months of hire
  • High School Diploma with 5 years of experience in one of the following areas: Sales, policy, teaching, government, advocacy, or social work. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of human services, or Associate’s degree in a relevant area of human services with two years of direct care experience preferred
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Use of personal vehicle with adequate insurance
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have strong job development skills and strong business networking skills 

Organization Description:
Mainstay Life Services is a nonprofit organization providing an array of supports to people with developmental disabilities, and their families. We are committed to assisting the people we support reach their fullest potentials within their communities.

How to Apply:
To learn more about career opportunities with Mainstay Life Services, contact Marsha Podsiadly at 412-303-0420 or email resumes to [email protected].

Posted March 22, 2021