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IPS Employment Specialist

Catholic Charities of Broome County

Community Health Services

Individualized Placement and Support (IPS) Specialist

Grade 7+ $18-$20.26/hr.                                                                                           FLSA Non Exempt

I.                Qualifications:

A.    Education / Experience

1. Minimum education high school diploma required, Bachelor’s degree preferred.

2. Minimum one year personal or professional experience in providing direct services related to treatment and recovery of persons with serious mental illness.

B.    Skills

1.     Interest, experience and/or training in vocational counseling, IPS Model and job development.

2.     Ability to network and interact with local employers and travel independently within the community.

3.     Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

4.     Highly motivated and independent self-starter.

5.  Ability to adhere to paperwork deadlines, perform assessments, prepare reports and complete other documentation as required.

 6.  The ability to climb stairs, bend, stoop, sit, stand, reach and lift items weighing 40 lbs. or less.

 7.  Valid Driver’s license and the ability to legally operate a vehicle in NYS.

 8. Good computer skills with working knowledge of or ability to learn reporting tools such as New York Employment Services System (NYESS).

II.             Responsibile to:   Core Services/ACE Program Manager

III.           Major Functions:

The IPS Employment Specialist will be using the IPS (train-in–place) model to support consumers in finding competitive employment, which includes assessing consumers’ employment preferences, career goals, providing benefits counseling, providing assistance and support to promote job placement, connecting consumers to employment opportunities and resources, networking with employers for placements, supporting consumers in maintaining their employment, etc. This is a field-based position and requires 65% or more of services to be provided in the community, including but not limited to conducting consumers’ visits in their residence, shelter, community locations, and networking with local employers for job development. The IPS Employment Specialist will be working with individuals who are enrolled with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and will be supervised by the ACE/CORE Program Manager.

A.    Program

1. Use Individualized Placement and Support (IPS) model to identify consumers who have a vocational goal, assess consumers vocational preferences and plans, support consumers in finding and maintaining employment, provide benefits counseling and job coaching.

2. Develop network and maintain ongoing relationships with local employers for job placement opportunities for ACT Recipients.

3. Provide 65% percent or more of services in the community, including but not limited to: conducting clients’ visits in their residence, shelter, community locations, and networking with local employers for job placement.

4. Attend and participate in daily team meetings with ACT team members to review treatment strategies, goals and needs of ACT consumers.

5. Works in conjunction with the ACT Vocational Specialist in the completion of a vocational assessment and the coordination of employment related services.

6. Complete Employment related documentation required for NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Broome County and New York Employment Services System (NYESS).

B.    Catholic Charities / Community Related


1.       Adheres to Catholic Charities, OMH and ACT Policies and procedures.

2.       Maintains awareness of community resources relevant to consumer needs. 

3.       Completes initial and ongoing relevant trainings as required by the ACT Institute, Center for Practice Innovations and Catholic Charities and all tiers of NYESS Trainings.

4.       Perform related job duties as required.   


In compliance with all applicable government laws, rules, regulations and standards and all Catholic Charities Policies and Procedures the duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the above.


Catholic Charities of Broome County is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity in the workplace and respect the dignity of each individual. We prohibit discrimination and harassment against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.