Requisition Number: PA049-EMPLS-H-08-2020-03
Job Title: Employment Specialist - Deaf Services
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: B - 2 Year Degree
Minimum Years of Experience: 1
Salary Range: $14.00-35.00/hour

Employment Specialist - Deaf Services

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Description/Job Summary

The Employment Specialist supports Deaf clients in executing job searches and assists the client in maintaining employment. This is a mobile support role designed to serve clients searching for a job and also working in a job at a variety of locations throughout Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester counties. The Employment Specialist will demonstrate the ability to protect and maintain the health and safety of the client as well as provide support as the client’s job requires.

*This role requires the ability communicate using American Sign Language at the level of proficiency as determined by our funder.*

Responsibilities/Duties

All of the following must be performed using American Sign Language as the primary means of communication with clients who are Deaf. 

  1. Job Finding – The Employment specialist is responsible for a series of assessment-related responsibilities that relate to helping the client identify appropriate work opportunities. In addition to conducting these assessments, the Employment Specialist also prepares the client for employment by supporting skill development, expanding the client’s knowledge of employment options, and provide transportation planning.
  2. Job Support – The Employment Specialist provides ongoing supports to clients as they begin to work. This support is delivered via job/task analysis, direct coaching, modeling healthy interactions, and eventually fading supports. Meeting employer’s productivity expectations.
  3. Remote Services – The Employment Specialist also engages in the provision of remote services during the Job Finding and Job Support phases. These services are typically delivered via telephone and video-conferencing.


General duties

  • Demonstrate proficiency in professional business appropriate writing and communication 
  • Complete timely, compliant service documentation 
  • Attend all staff meetings
  • Complete all assigned trainings 
  • Prepare case records and reports including placement and job coaching forms 
  • Demonstrate punctuality and reliability in job role
  • Complete annual Professional Development Plan (PDP)

Required Experience

  • Minimum 1 year experience serving individuals with IDD, Autism, SMI in community inclusion, technical skills acquisition and evidence-based employment services
  • Proficiency in American Sign Language

Required Education

  • Minimum: Associate's degree in ASL/English Interpreting or related field
  • Preferred: Bachelor's of Science in ASL/English Interpreting or related field

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum: Part I ACRE Certification
    • Preferred: CESP
  • NIC Written
  • Valid driver's license and reliable access to a vehicle

Program Summary

The mission of IDEATE is to support our clients to break the cycle of poverty by providing highly vulnerable and underserved individuals person-tailored pathways to careers using technology and community engagement. 

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.