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Job Path Disability Employment Specialist in New York, New York

Job Path supports autistic people and people with developmental disabilities as they make choices about their lives and play valued roles in their communities. Job Path encourages people to explore what they want out of life and to chart their own journeys. Whether it’s finding a job, making a contribution in a volunteer role, establishing a home, or being part of the community, the goal is to assist the person to lead a full and active life.

Job Path’s Supported Employment program is seeking an energetic and creative person to work with participants and customize jobs for the people we support, which includes autistic people and adults with developmental disabilities. Using customized employment strategies, we pinpoint the skills and talents people can bring to the workforce and the conditions they need to be successful on the job. Then, we work with employers to create a job match that works for the business and the job seeker.

The ideal candidate will be able to envision possibilities and opportunities for the individuals, and serve as a motivator for the members of a person's circle of support. The Disability Employment Specialist may provide direction to the members of the circle, giving them tasks to follow through on so that all may have a stake in the process of connecting the person to meaningful work.

Job Path is seeking a creative and energetic person to work with participants in Job Path’s Supported Employment program to customize jobs for the people we support.  

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following tasks:

  • Providing initial and ongoing support to a caseload of 10-12 people

  • Implement a discovery process whereby Job path learns the strengths, interests and needs of an individual, through visits to the home and community and by interviewing teachers, parents, and others close to the individual

  • Create a vocational profile for participants served and a portfolio which describes the participant in text and pictures for potential employers. 

  • Network with personal contacts and circles of support to expand and further develop a pool of connections with potential employers 

  • Research businesses in NYC connected to people’s interests

  • Establishing and facilitating new partnerships  

  • Work with employers and organizations to customize jobs that meet the employers’ needs and capitalize on the skills and talents of individual participants.

  • Provide on-the-job training and support to people on and off their job sites 

  • Provide ongoing job coaching support to individuals with significant developmental disabilities at their worksites.  

  • Be a liaison with employers to ensure satisfaction with Job Path’s services. 

  • Provide documentation of all services rendered and guarantee all regulatory requirements are being met.

Documentation and Billing

  • Complete a daily hours chart to document all services provided 

  • Submit detailed case notes for all billable services on a daily basis into the electronic record keeping system

  • Complete a monthly summary that details services provided and progress for each person on a caseload 

  • Attend and provide feedback at Life Plan meetings twice a year for each person we support, creating and submitting Staff Action Plan

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience working with individuals with disabilities or in job development.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with administrative work and record keeping

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both externally and internally with team members

  • Ability to actively listen and collaborate

  • Computer literacy (G Suite, Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, basic data entry)

  • Demonstrate competency in written, verbal and computational skills to document records in accordance with program and OPWDD mandates

  • Excellent networking skills

Salary: Annual salary of $40,900-$42,900 depending on education and experience, non-exempt

Benefits: Health insurance, dental insurance, STD/LTD/Life & AD&D, Work/Life Assistance Program (EAP), ability to contribute to pre-tax commuter and medical FSA plans, 403b pension with employer match after two years of employment

To Apply: Please submit your resume, dates of availability, and cover letter via our jobs board:

Or, send via fax to 212-921-5342 

or mail to:

Job Path  Attn: Aimee Althoff

256 West 38th Street 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10018

*Please note: Only applicants we feel meet requirements of the position will be contacted for an interview. No calls please. 

Job Path is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on races, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, employment, or citizenship status.

Whistleblower policy: https://www.jobpathnyc.org/code-of-conduct/#whistleblower

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