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Community Employment Specialist-Salem

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

•    This person in this position will need to learn and eventually independently perform duties around the Discovery process.
•      Assesses skills, capabilities and interests of individuals receiving services from Garten, and provides vocational training in preparation for community employment placement.
• Assesses skills, capabilities, and interests of individuals receiving services
• Coordinates and may complete training and support with employers to ensure successful placement and retention
• Ensures implementation, documentation and tracking of ISP/VR goals and documents progress and activities as needed
• Acts as a positive role model for others
• Develops and maintains proactive and positive relationships with all customers, (i.e., DD Services, Marion County Mental Health, Vocational Rehabilitation, and other community partners)
• Maintains effective communication with other staff as required
• Responds in timely manner to support individual on-the-job needs as requested
• Trains, develops, and motivates program participants in accordance with their written plan in order to improve performance and prepare for higher level jobs.
• Ensures all recordkeeping for caseload is current and accurate
• Ensures confidentiality of individuals receiving services from Garten
• Ensures compliance with Garten policies and safety and security standards
• Meets with employers to identify and develop potential jobs and enclave sites for people with disabilities
• Provides on-going follow-up with employers to ensure customer satisfaction and to successfully resolve complaints
• Markets Garten’s services (i.e. cold calling, distribution of brochures, attend community functions/meetings, etc.)
• Provides consultation services to employers regarding ADA accommodations and/or job carving possibilities

Specific Job Skills Required:

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent customer service, negotiation, and interpersonal skills
• Attentiveness to detail
• Ability to conduct assessment instruments and identify barriers
• Ability to match appropriate job skills with employer needs, ensuring a successful job placement
• Ability to maintain accurate record keeping/documentation and generate reports
• General knowledge of training techniques with ability to train/instruct diverse workforce
• Ability to read, write, speak, and understand English
• Ability to model good work practices
• Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality
• Ability to organize, balance multiple priorities, coordinate projects, and focus on tasks through completion.
• Ability to work independently, use independent judgment and discretion in making decisions
• Ability to actively participate in team development and team-oriented processes
• Physical and mental ability to operate computer hardware/software
• Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and proof of current vehicle insurance
• Physical ability to stand, walk, twist, bend, kneel, grasp, handle, reach, kneel occasionally
• during normal workday
• Physical ability to operate division equipment on occasional basis
• Physical ability to push up to 100 pounds, and to carry up to 10 pounds frequently in a normal workday.
• Physical ability to pull up to 200 pounds and to lift up to 100 pounds with assistance occasionally in a normal workday.

Education, Experience and Job Requirements:
•    High School education or equivalent.  Some college preferred.
• Minimum of 3-4 years combined experience working with people with disabilities in a vocational and/or production setting and experience/training in job development processes and/or sales/marketing; ability to communicate in basic ASL a plus.
• An undergraduate degree specializing in rehabilitation, social work, social sciences, communication or related field may be substituted for 2 years of experience
• Knowledge of Salem community/businesses and community resources is preferred.
• Must be able to provide own dependable transportation, and have a valid Oregon driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Ability to pass multiple criminal background checks and pre-employment drug test

The schedule for this position will be Monday-Friday, day shift with flexibility upon approval. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week).  The starting wage is $12-$14/hour depending on experience.

Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, prescription retirement plan, generous paid time off, paid holidays and more are offered to eligible employees after 60 days of employment. Garten covers 100% of the cost of benefits for the employee. 

Applications are available at or may be picked up at: 500 Hawthorne Avenue SE, Salem, OR 97301
Submit applications and resumes to: Mail: PO Box 13970, Salem 97309/Email: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)/Fax: (503)566-3434

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Integrating individuals with disabilities into the community and our professional enterprises. 
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Apply at:
Garten Administration
Human Resources Office
500 Hawthorne Ave SE
Salem, OR 97301
Mail resume to:
Garten Services, Inc.
Human Resources Office
PO Box 13970
Salem, OR 97309
FAX resume to:
Fax # 503-566-3434