Employment Specialist (Disability Inclusion) - $3,000 sign-on bonus

Location:  Chicago - south and west sides

Hourly Rate:  $20/hour

Position Summary:

The Employment Specialist will collaborate with an integrated training and employment team to prepare individuals with developmental disabilities for job placement and assist them in maintaining retention. Position is primarily remote, with occasional in office touchpoints. This is a client facing role and will assist in the execution of inclusive employment consulting engagements with community partners, under the direction of the Director of Community Employment.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Assist individuals in securing employment by conducting mock interviews, developing resumes, cover letters, and assisting with the submission of applications
  • Screen employer requirements and individual’s skill level and abilities to secure a successful employment match, and serve as a liaison between employers and the individuals at worksite
  • Build a network of relationships with employers and identify job leads, cold calling, and networking
  • Manage caseloads and document participant progress and activity via case notes, job coaching reports, staffing and progress reports according to the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS)
  • Attend team and staffing meetings according to the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) requirements
  • Maintain an awareness of local job market and opportunities in various industries and market Aspire’s employment services with employers and referral sources
  • Conduct job analysis with attention to job details and environmental and social factors
  • Provide ongoing job retention support to ensure the success of placements while developing natural supports at each community-based work location
  • Create adaptive supports as needed, including but not limited to, checklists, social stories, visual prompts and aids
  • Provide transitional job coaching and continued coaching as needed
  • Execute components of inclusive employment consulting engagements as well as create support fade out plans
  • Provide one-on-one Virtual Supports job readiness trainings on an as needed basis
  • May be required to transport participants as needed
  • Commute to businesses and meeting to develop relationships and network
  • Cooperates with compliance and quality improvement initiatives and protocols
  • Additional duties as assigned



  • High School diploma or equivalent- required
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field -preferred
  • Minimum of 1-year related work experience in related field
  • Experience working with adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities -preferred
  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License with good driving record-required
  • Professional demeanor while client facing
  • Strong relationship-building skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to write reports
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Flexible schedule with availability to work evening and weekends
  • Ability to deal tactfully, engaging and courteously with Individuals, employees at all levels, families and the general public

Full Time Benefits (regularly scheduled to work at least 37 1/2 hours per week)

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Benefit Time (Vacation, Sick, Personal)
  • 13 Holidays
  • 403(B) Retirement Savings Plan with matching contribution
  • Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Voluntary Insurances available

Aspire was founded in 1960 and is recognized as a leader in providing bold, pioneering, and uncompromising services to adults with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. In 2019, we joined forces with NorthPointe Resources to be one of the most recognized and respected disability service providers across the Chicago metropolitan area, Lake County (Illinois), and southeastern Wisconsin areas.

Voted as one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work for in Chicago. Together, We’re Better!

Aspire is an equal employment opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to 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 law

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