Job Description

Job Title: Employment Specialist
Job ID: 647308
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8 a.m to 4 p.m., hours may vary
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Mon Yough
Department: MH Supported Employment
Location: 500 Walnut Street, Mckeesport PA 15132


The incumbent is primarily responsible for carrying out the services of the supported employment program by assisting consumers in obtaining and maintaining employment that is consistent with their vocational goals and recovery.

  • Accompany consumers to and from sites for Community Based Work Assessment, employment interviews, employment, and job development activities, as needed.
  • Adheres to and supports MYCS mission and vision, guiding principles, and all related program, department, and agency policy and procedure.
  • Assesses consumers' vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences.
  • Completes and maintains all required program documentation, meeting requirements of all payors, including but not limited to Allegheny County DHS, OVR, Ticket-to-Work, etc.
  • Completion of 24 hours of staff development training, as approved by supervisor.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify consumers' interests, strengths, skills, abilities, and unique set of challenges, and match them with jobs.
  • Engages consumers and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated job settings.
  • Facilitates and/or provides outreach services as necessary to consumers when they appear to disengage from the service. Maintains some contact with consumers even without a vocational focus if necessary to sustain engagement.
  • Meets regularly with treatment team members (SCU, OVR, Clinical, Psych Rehab, consumer, and family member(s) if requested by consumer), to integrate vocational services into mental health treatment.
  • Partners with consumers in job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with the needs and interests of consumers on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of recovery and evidenced-based supported employment.
  • Provides assistance to other employment specialists in training consumers to perform the tasks required of the job.
  • Provides education and support to employer, as agreed upon by the consumer, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow along contact with the employer.
  • Provides individualized, follow-along services to assist consumers in sustaining employment.
  • Spends direct service time in the community to engage and support consumers, family members, and current and/or potential employers.
  • Supports a caseload of vocational service participants and develops the individual vocational service plan with the consumer and other treatment team providers with monthly updates.


  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Counseling, Psychology, Vocational Rehabilitation, or other human service field, including at least 15 credit hours in human services related education.
If your degree is in a field other than Counseling, Psychology, or Vocational Rehabilitation, please upload a copy of your college transcripts for consideration.
  • One year of related experience working with individuals with disabilities required. 
  • Basic computer skills required
  • Experience with people with severe mental illness, experience with vocational services, and knowledge of the work world are preferred.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to work as an effective team player is essential.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $14.03 to $22.35

Union Position: No

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