employment specialist

Position: Employment Specialist

Hours: Non-exempt, full-time 40 hours

Revised: May 2022


  1. A high school diploma or GED; a varied and successful work history in competitive employment settings; knowledge of employer expectations of performance and employee behaviors; and, a minimum of two years’ experience in providing employment-related services to persons who have a disabling condition and knowledge of the local job market; or a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field with experience working with people with disabilities.

  2. Ability to multi-task, plan and prioritize work tasks, and work effectively in both a team and individual setting.

  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  4. Excellent computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

  5. Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.

  6. Valid Driver’s License and reliable vehicle

  7. Strong commitment to the integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of community life.

  8. Ability to present before both large and small employers and groups of professionals



  1. Assist people to find jobs that are interesting and meaningful to them and at the skill level they desire; and successfully retain employment.

  2. Provide job development, placement, coaching and other related supported employment services to people with diverse disabilities.

  3. Provides people with: education and support in exploring and accessing community employment, assistive technology and equipment, accessibility accommodations, communication/interpersonal skills and socialization with coworkers, transportation, benefits advisement, health and wellness, safety skills and vocational adjustment. Including information referrals to other programs/services, as needed.

  4. Develop and cultivate long term relationships with area employers and creatively work together to create opportunities for successful employment for people supported. Includes presentations, and education on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Use extensive networking to identify potential job leads.

  5. Maintain regular contact with a person’s employers, supervisors and co-workers to build appropriate relations for successful employment

  6. Complete required documentation according to guidelines and regulations. This includes but is not limited to, daily documentation, monthly summaries and information specific to each funding source addressing a person’s progress toward employment goals.

  7. Manage and track daily service delivery hours to maximize supports to people and agency billing

  8. Adhere to the professional training requirements as set forth by OPWDD and ACCES-VR annually

  9. Communicates regularly with the person’s team, including their Care Manager, if applicable; attend Life Plan meetings regularly for people on their caseload.

  10. Become well versed with the specific regulatory requirements associated with Community Based Prevocational, SEMP, ETP, ACCES-VR and other employment programs.

  11. Continuously works with the SEMP Coordinator to uphold ethical standards, and program/agency policies and procedures.

  12. Extensive travel in our service area of Broome, Tioga and Chenango Counties. Transports people in personal vehicle, as needed.

  13. Work a flexible schedule based on program and caseload needs; including nights and weekends and holidays

  14. Attend all mandatory agency/departmental trainings, meetings, and advocacy groups.

  15. Submit required reports and statistical data as required, in a comprehensive and timely manner.

  16. Alert the SEMP Coordinator to problems that may occur; including reporting incidents in a timely manner as required.

  17. Other duties as assigned by SEMP Coordinator within the objectives and position description of the department.


Southern Tier Independence Center is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of STIC not to discriminate based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, prior arrest or conviction record, military status or predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local status, gender, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic disposition, carrier status or criminal record.