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Cantalician Center For Learning Employment Specialist in Buffalo, New York



Employment Services






The Employment Specialist provides quality services and supports provided both on the job and offsite which result in job performance success, building quality relationships at work, fitting into the work culture, accessing natural supports, and job retention. Implements all vocational goals. Responsible for daily and monthly documentation for Supported Employment, Pathways to Employment and ACCES-VR.


Reports to the Coordinator of Supported Employment.


  • Assists in developing community-based employment opportunities

  • Provides job-specific skills training for individuals.

  • Promotes and facilitates worker independence, natural supports and job accommodations between the person and their supervisor/coworkers

  • Facilitates communication between individuals and the employer regarding expectations, rules of conduct and safety

  • Provides interpersonal skill building both on and off the job

  • Required to attend off-site meetings, including weeknights and weekends.

  • Applies problem solving techniques to increase community independence and foster a positive and supportive work environment

  • Provides interview preparation as well as job-specific skills training

  • Monitors quality and quantity of individuals’ work and maintains required caseload.

  • Provides work-related instruction, as needed.

  • Provides monthly follow-up services for individuals.

  • Provide support throughout the pre-employment phase and hiring process as needed.

  • Communicates with Care Coordinator and the circle of support as needed

  • Participates in meetings in regards to the development of the Life Plan

  • Reviews and Implements the Supported Employment Habilitation Plan and Individual Plan of Protection to provide quality services and documentation

  • Fosters a positive and supportive work environment for the individuals receiving services

  • Acts as a liaison between day services, employers, family/care providers, Care Coordinators, ACCES-VR and other outside agencies

  • Familiarity with health and safety requirements and regulations for all individuals receiving services

  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently as well as in conjunction as with other staff members

  • Coordinates schedule with SEMP team to meet the needs of the individuals receiving services

  • Maintains documentation including, but not limited to, case notes, supported employment habilitation plans, incident reports and monthly documentation in accordance with regulatory compliance and Agency expectations

  • Participates in the development of Care Plans and goals as it directly relates to obtaining and maintaining employment

  • Assesses individuals in community settings to determine the individual’s skills, abilities and unique talents, while supporting the individuals to make informed decisions

  • Participates in staff meetings, group conferences and in-service training and community activities

  • Completes and maintains mileage logs in a timely manner and in accordance with policies and procedures

  • Participates in Agency in-services.

  • Consistently complies with all Agency policies and procedures.

  • Transports individuals receiving services as well as providing mobility training

  • Represents agency in program events and informational sessions.

  • Participates in professional development and community and inter-agency committee to remain current on changing trends and program requirements.

  • Constantly maintains high performance standards at work with regard to personal behavior and interactions with staff, individuals receiving services and outside agencies.

  • Respects privacy and confidentiality of people being served.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High level of written and oral communication skills

  • High level of interpersonal skills

  • Knowledge of behavioral techniques and developmental disabilities to assist in the care of individuals receiving services

  • Knowledge of computer and ability to utilize word processing programs, preferred

  • Possess good time management skills

  • First Aid and CPR training will be provided upon hire

  • Flexibility with work schedule

  • Ability to work independently as well as in conjunction with other staff members and members of the agency team.

  • Ability to work independently within the community


Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education or other closely related developmental disabilities field, PLUS one year full-time direct service experience with developmentally disabled adults.

Minimum: High School Diploma or equivalency PLUS two years full-time direct service experience with developmentally disabled adults.

Valid New York State driver’s license in good standing, New York automobile insurance, and a reliable motor vehicle required.




  • High School or better