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Lead Vocational Specialist


The Lead Vocational Specialist will work within UPMC's Vocational Training Center, which is a day program focused on program consumers receiving an hourly wage for the mailing work they complete, in addition to consumers' community involvement and supported employment. Consumers served in these programs have diagnoses including Intellectual Disability and/or Autism, and in many cases a secondary mental health diagnosis.

The Program Specialist is responsible for the development of client assessments, goal plans, and Individual Service Plans for an assigned number of program participants. The Program Specialist will also develop appropriate program curriculum to assist consumers in the acquisition of skills necessary to increase their level of independent functioning in the community, and to provide intervention as necessary to support individuals capable and interested in advancing to a more independent work setting.

The Lead Vocational Specialist will provide supervision and instruction to assigned client groups during the course of the client workday and individual programming requirements to be met. May be expected to provide individualized training and instruction for those consumers choosing to secure competitive employment in the community. Following successful placement, on-site training and follow-up is provided to assure maintenance of proper job performance. Position requires the ability to maintain effective and ongoing communication with consumers, coworkers, supervisors, employers, family members, and other service providers. This position will require participation in any or all of the major tasks and duties below, as assigned.

The ideal candidate must have two years of experience working with those with disabilities. Experience with EPIC and 2390 state regulations is preferred, but not required. The dress code is casual. Parking available on the street. 



  • Oversee the completion of paid work opportunities for program participants ensuring accuracy and efficiency of the work completion in consultation with the Production Manager and Program Coordinator.
  • Provide intensive program component to prepare clients for possible movement to a more advanced vocational day setting or into supported employment. This is reflected in the development of a training curriculum that is age appropriate and needs based, and meets with expectations of family and team members when appropriate.
  • Assist consumers as necessary with basic self-care and hygiene activities as needed.
  • Review all monthly goal plan progress notes and make recommendations and change as necessary.
  • Assist in the production of paid work opportunities, as needed, by preparing paid work assignments, providing group coverage for co-workers as needed, and by assisting in the and bulk mailing assembly and final boxing of completed jobs when needed.
  • Coordinate Individual Written Program Plan (IWPP) and Individual Supports Plan (ISP) reviews for assigned consumers in the Vocational Center, which includes coordinating the scheduling and invitations to the meeting; conducting the meeting; and assuming responsibility that team recommendations are responded to appropriately.
  • Represent the Vocational Training Center, as necessary, at other agency planning meetings.
  • Provide written quarterly reviews of program participant's IWPP.
  • Provide ongoing education and training to staff with assessments, goal plan development, and implementation.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation and delivery of individual goal plans for all assigned program participants.
  • Coordinate the development of educational and management strategies for individuals whose behavior interferes with their program participation or that of other program participants.
  • Seek and include input from the interdisciplinary team in the development of client assessments and goal plans.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with all program staff, family members, and participating agencies.
  • Compliment and facilitate team working environment with colleagues, through idea(s) development and follow through, during staff meetings and team development activities.
  • Assure that proper documentation and record keeping is maintained in the following areas: assessments, goal plans, Individual Written Program Plans, and monthly summaries.
  • Adhere to UPMC and hospital policies and procedures regarding vehicle maintenance. Inspect the vehicle on a daily basis, identify and report mechanical/maintenance problems and maintain cleanliness.Complete Van Driver training.
  • Assure compliance with all Federal, State and County regulations, WPIC and UPMC policies and guidelines.
  • Coordinate and complete assessments (within 20 working days of admission for initial, and yearly thereafter) for all assigned program participants.
  • Continue to develop professional expertise through educational and career development involvement.
  • Maintain full clinical caseload and assure completed documentation to support assigned clinical productivity expectations.
  • Provide and continue to develop advanced expertise in the assessment of psychiatric disorders and treatment of individuals with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders.
  • Provide therapeutic interventions for assigned caseload, including individual, group and family therapy as dictated by client needs.
  • Provide a prompt and effective level of crisis intervention as required by client needs.
  • Provide consultation, training and skill development activities for service providers and families as needed regarding effective treatment strategies for clients.
  • Demonstrate ability to function as clients' advocate and work collaboratively to support the linkage of clients to appropriate formal and informal community resources.
  • Maintain an awareness of current significant policy issues of both the MH and MR systems that impact the individuals served in this clinic.
  • Assure continuity of care through liaison and collaboration with other members of the treatment team, inpatient unit staff, support coordinators, and other treatment facilities and community agencies.



  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Psychology, or other human service field.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Prior experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of behaviorally oriented treatment programs.
  • Two years prior experience in an applied setting working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Experience with individuals with a dual (MH/ID) diagnosis is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated skill in the development and delivery of instructional programming material.
  • Good writing and communication skills. Effective interpersonal skills are essential, as the position requires frequent interaction with private sector employers on behalf of the consumers being served.
  • Basic computer literacy.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Act 33 clearances are required.Act 34 clearances are required.Act 73 clearances are required.

CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Driver's License
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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   Current UPMC employees must apply in HR Direct