Job Description

Job Title: Vocational Specialist
Job ID: 694197
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: M - F, daylight with flexibility to meet clients
Shift: Day Job
Department: Early Onset Program
Location: 2560 W 12th Street, Erie PA 16505


The Vocational Specialist is responsible for the development, implementation, and documentation of educational, vocational, and adaptive behavior skill training activities to support consumers in the acquisition of skills necessary to increase their level of independent functioning in the community.


The Vocational Specialist is also responsible for job development in the community and providing individualized training and instruction for those consumers choosing to secure competitive employment in the community. Following successful placement, follow-up is provided to assure maintenance of proper job performance. Position requires ability to maintain effective and ongoing communication with consumers, coworkers, supervisors, employers, family members and other service providers. This position will require participation in many or all of the major tasks and duties below, as assigned.


  • Assure that consumer transportation needs are adequately coordinated.
  • Comply with additional program-related directives as required by direct supervisor and other appropriate administrative staff.
  • Conduct job analysis and participate in team meetings to determine consumer/job match.
  • Cooperate with & provide necessary information to other support staff involved in the welfare of the program participants.
  • Coordinate program activities & maintain appropriate level of communication with families & residential providers.
  • Develop and deliver appropriate, measurable, and attainable goal plans for each assigned client in conjunction with the treatment team.
  • Develop and implement an individualized strategy to enable consumers to explore career and educational choices by identifying consumers interests, strengths, skills, abilities, and unique set of challenges.
  • Develop community-integrated employment opportunities specifically geared toward that individual.
  • Document monthly goal plan progress and make revisions as necessary.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with all program staff, family members, participating agencies, schools, and employers.
  • 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/educational focus if necessary to sustain engagement.
  • Meet with individuals and primary care providers to complete consumer assessment, provide program information and elicit participation.
  • Monitor plan throughout job placement.
  • Prepare and schedule consumer for job interviews.
  • Provide job development, and follow-up services to facilitate job retention, wage increases and job promotion.
  • Provide vocational and educational guidance and counseling as needed.
  • Submit written and electronically generated documentation to supervisor in a timely manner.
  • Works to engage and educate the community about the program


  • Bachelor's degree preferably in Social Work, Sociology, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology, or other human service field.
  • Prior experience in an applied setting working with individuals with serious mental illness is preferred.
  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills are essential, as position requires frequent interaction with private sector employers on behalf of the consumers being served.
  • Candidate must be able to work independently, maintain flexible hours and provide own transportation to job sites (for Supported Employment duties).
  • No one under the age of 18 will be employed.
  • Basic computer literacy.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 126 Child Abuse Reporting
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Automotive Insurance
  • Driver's License

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

Salary Range: $12.40 to $18.88

Union Position: No

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