Under the general direction of the Employment Manager, the Employment Specialist ensures individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities are supported as they work to obtain and maintain employment. The Employment Specialist provides case management and training related to activities of daily living, employment, and other identified areas of need. They are responsible for the implementation of rules and regulations as required by licensing entities.

Some essential functions include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure consistent implementation of meaningful employment workshops and programming for participants.
  • Assist individuals in identifying competitive positions they are interested in applying for and reaching those goals.
  • Participate in personal plan meetings and develop implementation strategies as needed.
  • Review and revise participant goals every three months.
  • Conduct outreach and networking in the community to identify potential places of employment for participants.
  • Prepare and implement integrated service plans for each assigned program participant and revise as needed.
  • Assess participant capabilities and integrate appropriate therapeutic services.
  • Ensure environmental support and assistive devices are available to promote independence.
  • Ensure all services comply with state licensing standards.
  • Administer training for program participants.
  • Coordinate the schedules of program participants.
  • Maintain case files in accordance with regulatory and Agency standards.
  • Train and support community employers on addressing disabilities in the workplace.
  • Contact employers after placement to ensure satisfaction with program participant’s performance.
  • Arrange and maintain all inventory supplies for all work sites in accordance with OSHA and CARF standards.
  • Participate in required meetings.
  • Actively communicate with participants and families.
  • Assist at various outreach activities.
  • Act as an advocate for Agency services and program participants.


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or technical school required;
  • Two to five years of job-related experience required;
  • Current, valid Illinois driver’s license required;
  • Reliable means of transportation required;
  • Successful completion of job developer training required;
  • Successful completion of CPR, First Aid, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Chemical Safety Training courses required;
  • Fluent verbal and written English and Spanish communication required.


FLSA: Non-Exempt (Hourly)

Position located in Chicago, IL 60608

Please submit resume and cover letter to regarding interest in any open position.