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Job 166458 - Employment Specialist-ASL
Chicago, IL

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Job Details

Location: Chicago, IL
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary: Competitive

Job Description

Position Summary: Position is a results-driven salesperson who provides recruitment, job training, job development, placement, and retention services to 3 types of customers: Vocational Funders, Job Seekers, and Community Employers. Expectation is to secure a minimum number of job placements per year reasonably established by supervisor and contractual obligations.


Position Responsibilities:



  • Seek and secure paid community employment for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
  • Use a variety of employment placement techniques, including Rapid Job Search, Customized Employment, Supported Employment, and Individual Placement and Support (IPS) as needed.
  • Conduct daily outreach to employers by phone, email, and/or in person.
  • Assist clients in completing job applications, making follow up calls, and preparing for interviews with prospective employers.
  • Schedule meetings with hiring managers that lead to client jobs.
  • Advise employers on disability-hiring and retention best practices.
  • Secure permissions, write, and promote agency job placement success stories.
  • Actively participate in relevant networking groups and committees.



  • Promote agency placement services to vocational funders. Build new relationships with vocational funders and expand on existing relationships.
  • Recruit new job seekers into Employment Services Department.
  • Create/maintain referral relationships which may include (1) high school transition departments, (2) transition councils, (3) community based agencies, (4) colleges and universities, and (5) local government.
  • Work from assigned client caseload to track individual progress.






  • Provide job readiness, job evaluation, job training, and job retention services in individual and group settings as assigned. Track client progress.
  • Provide time-limited transitional job opportunities as assigned.
  • Identify/conduct lean job coaching services as needed.



  • Comply with all agency and funder reporting and billing requirements by deadlines.
  • Participate in client/funder staffing progress meetings.
  • Communicate with coworkers, supervisors, and customers to relay information in a timely, cooperative manner.


  • Operate as a sales force/team while still maintaining individual caseload placement accountability.
  • Provide ASL services as it relates to employment for the department.
  • Responsible for following all agency policies.
  • Provide client services in alignment and support of Employment First best practices.


Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Proficient in American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Proven track record of consistently meeting recent and individual sales goals
  • 1 year of high volume and verifiable sales experience (for new hires and internal candidates)
  • Comfortable making frequent sales calls
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Be self-directed, able to work remotely and in office setting
  • Ability to shift between multiple priorities
  • Principled optimism: genuine belief in (1) abilities of job seeker, (2) responsibility to empower job seeker, and (3) fulfillment of good outcomes
  • Cultural competence
  • Business-oriented professionalism
  • Networking savvy


Nonessential Skills and Experience:

  • Previous experience working in recruitment capacity
  • For-profit business experience
  • Recent record of volunteer service
  • Proven success in a remote worker capacity
  • Disability awareness background, including familiarity with the ADA, reasonable accommodation process, and vocational rehabilitation best practices.


Reporting to this Position: None


Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Driving Requirements: Must have valid drivers license, proof of insurance, clean driving record, and able to drive own vehicle for high volume of sales visits. Track mileage for reimbursement purposes.
  • Public Transit: Capable of navigating the use of public transportation system.
  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Geographic Area: Scope of position covers entire Chicago metropolitan area.
  • Schedule: 100% FTE (40 hours per week). Hours are generally Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00 PM, however may require some evening and weekend work to accommodate the employment needs of clients or industry related events. Work-life balance needs will be taken into account on a case by case basis.
  • Maintain CPR/First Aid/NCI and participate in any other trainings deemed mandatory or relevant by the agency.

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