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Employment Specialist - Supported Employment (McKeesport, PA)

  • Job ID: 434148993
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Mon Yough Community Services
  • Department: MH Supported Employment
  • Location: 500 Walnut Street, Mckeesport PA 15132
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $17.48 to $28.54 / hour


We are hiring an Employment Specialist to join the Supported Employment team at UPMC - Western Behavioral Health at Mon Yough. 

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.

The shift for this role is primarily 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., but requires flexbility based on client appointments. While this position is based in McKeesport, the majority of work will be performed in the community throughout Allegheny County. Work vehicles are available. 

The ideal candidate will be able to work independently, has strong time management and organizational skills, and can prioritize problems and issues as they arise. Must have effective listening skills. 


  • 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.
  • Spends direct service time in the community to engage and support consumers, family members, and current and/or potential employers.
  • 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.
  • Provides assistance to other employment specialists in training consumers to perform the tasks required of the job.
  • Provides individualized, follow-along services to assist consumers in sustaining employment.
  • Assesses consumers? vocational functioning on an ongoing basis utilizing background information and work experiences.
  • 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.
  • Engages consumers and establishes trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of competitive employment in integrated job settings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Accompany consumers to and from sites for Community Based Work Assessment, employment interviews, employment, and job development activities, as needed.
  • Completion of 24 hours of staff development training, as approved by supervisor.
  • Adheres to and supports UPMC's mission and vision, guiding principles, and all related program, department, and agency policy and procedure.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify consumers? interests, strengths, skills, abilities, and unique set of challenges, and match them with jobs.



  • 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, and with 1 year of related experience working with individuals with disabilities or mental health related experience.
  • Experience with people with severe mental illness, experience with vocational services, and knowledge of the work world are preferred.
  • Ability to work as an effective team player is essential.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings/weekends/holidays.
  • Basic computer skills.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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