• Supported Education and Employment Specialist

    Job Locations US-CO-Lakewood
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Jefferson Center
  • Overview



    The Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) Program is an innovative treatment program serving adolescents and young adults (ages 15-29) who are experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis.  CSC is an evidence-based approach assisting individuals with mental illness to obtain rapid competitive employment and mainstream educational opportunities.  SEES workers are fully integrated into the mental health service. The SEES will work full time as part of a small multidisciplinary team providing coordinated and assertive treatment in the earliest stages of illness. 


    Administers and interprets vocational assessments. Creates and implements individualized “Vocational Plan” including identifying interests, strengths, skills and challenges and barriers to employment.


    • Provide leadership through modeling appropriate business and social behavior.
    • Provide support for education goals in the community, including contact with staff at high schools, colleges and other educational institutions
    • Providing individualized support to assist clients in maintaining employment or education
    • Provide employment support from assessment through long-term follow along when a person obtains employment. These services include but are not limited to assessing skills and strengths, identify target jobs, teaching  job seeking skills, supporting resume and cover letter development, conducting  job development, providing job coaching and training.  Will provide ongoing career planning to support consumer’s long-term goals.
    • Engaging clients and establishing trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the goal of education or competitive employment in community job settings
    • Assist in development and implementation of workshops and classes on employment topics.
    • Work with businesses in the community to establish professional relationships that will assist members in their recovery. These include but are not limited to the development of employment opportunities, transitional employment opportunities, job coaching, fundraising and marketing.
    • Provide accurate, thorough documentation in compliance with guidelines, deadlines for Jefferson Center and other funding sources.
    • Collect and provide statistics for quarterly data submitting to OBH
    • Comply with all Jefferson Center policies and procedures including those of confidentiality, conduct, and record keeping. In addition participate in all meetings and trainings relevant to the Vocational Services Program and Jefferson Center.
    • Inform employers and consumers of incentives as delineated by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR); assist employers with other incentives, such as Targeted Job Tax Credits.
    • Network and promote Vocational Services Programs to employers, agencies and mental health consumers.
    • Support consumers in appropriately advocating for themselves.
    • Assist consumers in learning to be active, appropriate members of their community. Advocate for consumers in obtaining appropriate medical care, housing, management of funds, and other activities. Encourage consumers to live their lives with dignity and respect.
    • Support overall recovery goals of Jefferson Center, OCFA, and the individual.
    • Maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s License, current vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation.
    • Provide transportation for consumers when appropriate and as directed.
    • Provide outreach to consumers, as needed through phone calls, home-visits and/or contacts in the community.
    • Write employment reports for newsletter and other marketing methods.
    • Participate in fundraising/marketing activities.



    Other Duties

    • Complete additional tasks as assigned by the CSC Coordinator.
    • Participate in strategic planning.
    • Provide education in the area of mental health to professionals, peers, families, and members of the community, as needed.



    Note:  Employees are held accountable for all duties of this job. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


    Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree is preferred in human services or related field with twos year experience.  Experience in Supported Employment as an evidence based practice preferred.   Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.  Need solid computer skills including MS Word and Excel. Must have the ability to engage persons with severe/persistent mental illness to implement and support employment and education goals.


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