Employment Specialist – Washington Office

Are you looking to expand your career horizons? Would you like to know that your work makes a difference in the world? At Voices for Independence, we are improving lives every day.

The Employment Specialist assists individuals with disabilities by providing job coaching and integrated employment-related services.  This position provides an array of vocational services, often at assigned employment locations, in order to facilitate job safety, skill development and positive workforce behaviors. Our Employment Specialists help support our mission of empowering people with disabilities and promoting independent living.


  • High school diploma or GED, with one year of relevant or related experience 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the needs of adults with disabilities in the working community 
  • Ability to train individuals in a one-to-one setting 
  • Understanding of the needs of the business community and understand job performance assessment 
  • Flexible daily schedule  
  • Strong computer and MS Office skills 
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License, and insurability when utilizing company vehicles
  • Act 33, Act 34, and FBI clearances 
  • Within 12 months of hire, possess a basic employment services or professional certificate of achievement from an Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE); or, Hold a Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) credential from the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)


  • Bachelor’s degree or above from an accredited college or university and two years of work experience working directly with persons with disabilities; or, an Associate’s degree, accompanied by 60 credit hours from an accredited college or university and four years of work experience working directly with persons with disabilities 
  • Knowledge of Ticket to Work, Social Security work incentives, and Community Health Choices employment services
  • Ability to effectively promote the work being accomplished to the general public, prospective businesses, and throughout the industry 


  • Perfects the job search process by utilizing information gleaned during the discovery process with a job seeker, as well as determination of potential employers; conducts benefit analysis and develops plans toward meaningful employment
  • Provides post-employment supports – setting up and monitoring ongoing relationships and systems that ensure mutual satisfaction between job seekers and employers
  • Pursues ongoing training/certification – participates in relevant training programs to ensure annual training requirements are met; serves as a role model for job seekers with respect to professional dress and comportment, workplace attitudes, time management, etc. 
  • Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by clients, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact by the employment specialist with the employer
  • Qualified candidates must pass employment background checks/screenings as mandated by the PA Department of Health and other governing entities.

Voices for Independence is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Voices for Independence does not discriminate in regard to race, creed, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual identity/orientation, national origin, or disability status. People with Disabilities and Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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