At Rise, we believe that everyone deserves opportunities to live a life filled with purpose and pride. In our employment, housing, and life-enrichment services, we support people to set and achieve their personal goals. As a nonprofit, every Rise team member is driven by our mission. That shared commitment is the foundation of a workplace that embraces a culture of learning and growth by offering extensive training, competitive salaries, and a fun work environment. We are an inspiring leader in disability services that wants to make a real difference in people’s lives!
This position is for the Minnesota Employment Center for People who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing, a program of Rise, Inc. The Occupational Communication Specialist provides pre-placement, job placement, training and long-term employment support to Minnesotans with hearing loss who may also experience other barriers to employment.
- Support Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing individuals obtain and maintain fulfilling and rewarding competitive jobs.
- Provide individualized job placement services through regular meetings with person served to work on job seeking skills, preparing resumes and cover letters and interviewing.
- Actively cultivate competitive job opportunities with businesses and employers in the community as appropriate.
- Equip and empower individuals to be successful in their new job opportunity through ongoing support and relationship with employers
- Adapt communication style to effectively match that of the person served.
- Train individuals to meet employer expectations including appropriate behaviors and production standards.
- Help persons served manage their symptoms well at work site.
- Advocate on behalf of individual with employer regarding job accommodations.
- Responsible for maintaining a caseload of 12-14 people while tracking and documenting a variety of data about services provided as well as billing through electronic case management systems.
- Utilize person centered thinking and motivational interviewing to best engage with person served.
- Approach services with a trauma-informed lens.
- Ability to communicate in American Sign Language at an advanced level (SLPI score of Advanced Plus - or ability to work towards this goal).
- Applicants must comply with and pass Department of Human Services background check (Rule 11).
- Applicants must have a valid driver license.
- Must be able to pass a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) background check.
- Ability to travel to meet persons served and other business needs on a daily basis with use of a personal vehicle; mileage reimbursed.
- Ability to provide virtual support as needed (high-speed internet connection available).
- Knowledge of job training practices for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of Hearing.
- Familiarity in supporting individuals with additional barriers to employment.
- Degree in human services, vocational or social services.
- Knowledge of variety of supported employment systems and community-based training program models.
- Wage: $20.00/hour, depending on qualifications
- Daytime work hours (No evenings, weekends, or major holidays)
- Medical insurance - single employee coverage less than $90/month
- Dental insurance less than $17/month
- 401(k) with a 100% vested employer match
- Vision insurance
- Life insurance
- Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Paid Time Off (PTO) starts at 16 days per year, plus paid and floating holidays
- Additional Benefits available including disability insurance and more!
- Tuition reimbursement and Rise sponsored trainings (i.e., CPR, First Aide, and more) to help you be successful in your role
- Employee resource groups (i.e., DEI, LGBTQ+, recognition and more).
Are you looking to work with a diverse team of professionals? Do you want to work in a fun environment while supporting others to live a life of possibilities? Then join Rise, Inc.!
Rise values being a person-centered organization. This impacts how we carry out services for the people we support and our organizational culture. We encourage people's unique individual differences and celebrate the ways our team members contribute to our community. We believe in a workplace informed by differing viewpoints and perspectives created from a diverse team and welcome people of all races, genders, ages, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds to apply. Our goal is that those we serve, and our team members always feel valued and respected.