Haywood Vocational Opportunities Inc.
  • Waynesville, NC, USA
  • Full Time

• Dental insurance • Employee assistance program • Flexible spending account • Health insurance • Life insurance • Paid time off • Parental leave • Retirement plan • Vision insurance

JOB TITLE: Community Employment Specialist


EMPLOYEE STATUS: Non-Exempt, Hourly

PURPOSE: To provide job training and supervision in the community to persons with severe disabilities and disadvantages.

AREA OF PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITY: The primary area of program responsibility is within the scope of the Work Adjustment Program of HVO, Inc.


1) Make employer contacts and develop job sites for job placements.

2) Responsible for providing job shadowing, sampling, and job site tours to enhance vocational assessment and


3) Coordinate and complete all job orientation and training for each client at each job site.

4) Provide all necessary supervision of clients on the job until the employee has been successfully trained.

5) Work cooperatively and actively with HVO staff for the attainment of HVO purposes, goals and objectives.

6) Maintain required record keeping according to CARF, Mental Health, VR, DSS and HVO standards.

7) Promote and maintain communication with supervisor regarding client progress.

8) May complete a job analysis and safety analysis for each job prior to placement.

9) Provide social skills training as needed.

10) Assist clients in obtaining needed clothing, transportation, etc. as needed.

11) Assist in teaching the Job Seeking Skills class.

12) Advocate for client job environment.

13) Provide long-term follow up services to client for duration of client's employment.

14) Responsible for submitting billing to local LME for long-term follow-up services.

15) Work flexible hours, including nights, weekends and holidays.

16) Drive both personal and HVO vehicles for work purposes.

17) Must be aware of applicable HVO safety rules and regulations.

18) Assist in Pre-Employment Transitions Services as needed.

19) Conduct training on the work floor as needed.

20) Make referrals to in-house and community services as needed.

21) Conduct HVO tours for prospective clients.

22) Provides optimal customer service to all clients, employees, students, parents, community members and other


23) Abide by the HVO Wireless Device Policy

24) Other duties as assigned.


1) Ability to work well and interact with the business community

  1. Must be willing to work flexible hours as needed (including evenings or weekends)
  2. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing
  3. Must possess a valid Driver's License, carry necessary auto insurance coverage, and be approved by HVO's insurance carrier
  4. Two years' experience working with persons with disabilities and disadvantages

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Will be required to use hand and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms;

speak and hear clearly. The jobs requires the ability to walk, climb stairs, kneel, stoop, and may require lifting or moving

items weighing up to 50 pounds. The job may require extended periods of sitting or standing.


1) Two year degree in a human service related field or the equivalent in training and experience working with persons with disabilities and disadvantages.

CONFIDENTIALITY: Employee must sign and abide by confidentiality statement and request for privileges.

This description outlines major duties and responsibilities assigned to this job. The employee may be called upon to perform other duties not covered by this description.

Haywood Vocational Opportunities Inc.
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