Pre-Vocational Services Service ProviderNew York, Consultant/Contractor
The Prevocational Services Service Provider, provides services to youth who are 14 years or older and have a desire to engage in paid work, volunteer work, or career exploration. Prevocational Services are geared toward facilitating success in any work environment for youth whose disabilities do not permit them access to other prevocational services. The objective is to teach skills rather than explicit employment objectives.
Overall responsibilities include training to support employment-based skill building and habilitative goal achievement, assist with developing appropriate work habits, acceptable job behaviors, learning job production requirements, providing workforce entry coaching (volunteer and paid), providing service planning and advocacy.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Activities may include volunteer work, such as learning and training activities that prepare a person for entry into the paid workforce. Prevocational Services should enable each participate to attain the highest level of work in the most integrated setting and with the job matched to the youth’s interests, strengths, priorities, abilities, and capabilities. Services are intended to develop and teach general skills. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, co-workers, and customers
- Generally accepted community workplace conduct and dress
- Ability to follow directions
- Ability to attend to and complete tasks
- Punctuality and attendance
- Appropriate behaviors in and outside the workplace
- Workplace problem solving skills and strategies
- Mobility training
- Career planning
- Proper use of job-related equipment and general workplace safety
- As a service provider for Prevocational Services, activities should not be primarily directed at teaching skills to perform a specific job, but underlying a habilitative goal (e.g., attention span, motor skills, interpersonal relations with co-workers and supervisors) that are associated with building skills necessary to perform work and optimally to perform competitive integrated employment. This includes but is not limited to:
- Resume writing, interview techniques, role play, and job application completion
- Exploring career options, facilitating appropriate work habits, acceptable job behaviors, and learning job production requirements.
- Assisting in identifying community service opportunities that could lead to paid employment.
- Helping the youth to connect their educational plans to future career/vocational goals.
- Helping youth to complete college, technical school, or other applications to continue formal education/training.
- Helping youth to apply for financial aid and/or scholarship opportunities.
- Development and updating of Person Center service plans initial plan within 30 days of first service and every 6 months thereafter) including obtaining medical consenter signatures at the initial session following the approval of such documentation.
- Obtaining consents and enrollment documents for newly enrolled children/youth at initial session and scanning documents into the Electronic Health Record.
- Attend monthly waiver service provider meetings and individual supervision to stay current on practices and protocols.
- Submit progress notes, service plans, and service provider logs within set forth-required timeframes. It is the responsibility of the provider to maintain necessary technology (phone, internet, timely computer access, and video camera) to perform job requirement functions of documentation, coordinating, service planning and billing.
- Report incident(s) to supervisor upon discovery.
- Maintain open communication with other service providers (e.g., Care Manager, other services providers and Supervisory Team) to report on child/youth’s progress, identify any potential barriers and referrals, and to support the overall health and wellbeing of the child and family.
- Check emails daily and respond to emails from Care Managers, Supervisors, and other team members within 24-48 hours.
Setting of Service Provision:
- Prevocational Services can be provided in the home of the youth or a community setting.
Essential Skills, Experience, Licensure, Certification:
- Prevocational Service providers are minimally required to have an Associate’s degree with one year of human service experience.
- Preferred qualifications of a Bachelor’s degree with one year of experience in human services working with children/youth.
Relationships with Others
- Maintains a strength-based approach in working with children and families.
- Accepts and applies constructive feedback from supervisors to enhance the quality-of-service delivery.
- Be a team player.
- Have a strong sensitivity to cultural differences present among staff and members within our organization.
- Possess a strong belief in people’s ability to grow and change; forge a mutually respectful partnership with persons served and their families.
- Ability to set limits and maintain helping role of practitioner and to intervene appropriately.
- Work is conducted in the community of the youth being serviced.
- Prior to Service Delivery:
- Mandated Reporter Training
- Within 6 months of hire:
- Personal Safety
- Safety in the Community
- Strength Based Approached
- Suicide Prevention
- Domestic Violence Signs and Basic Interventions
- Trauma Informed Care
Provider Pay Rate: $24.00 an hour
CCF is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.