Position title: Vocational Evaluator
Reports to: CEO
FLSA status: Non-exempt
Summary: The Vocational Evaluator is responsible to support the mission of SpArc Services by coordinating all aspects of participant care with families or caregivers, employees and external stakeholders. In addition to performing comprehensive Vocational Evaluations of people with barriers to employment, this includes allowing program participants to make choices regarding their training and supporting them in achieving their personal and professional goals.
- Coordinates all aspects of participant support, regulatory and licensing compliance, maximizing program participant choice and treating all participants with personal dignity.
- Participates in the assessment, evaluation and planning of participant support, and revising individual plans as necessary. Completes initial participant assessments, updates, and discharge summaries on planned/unplanned discharges within prescribed timeframes.
- Ensures all team members are aware of the components of the Employment Plan. Engages parent(s) or caregivers on plan implementation and ongoing exchange of information, if applicable.
- Provides crisis intervention as necessary to support participants. Uses the least restrictive emergency procedure when necessary to protect the individual from injuring self or others. Follows intervention policies and regulations. State “unusual incident” standards are understood and followed.
- Ensures all documents and participant records are accurate and submitted timely as per agency policy and procedures and regulations.
- Assists in the development and implementation of therapeutic group and individual activities to be used to meet training goals.
- Provides support to direct service staff encouraging productive activities and redirection of behaviors as necessary.
- Assist in the resolution of transportation problems or mobility needs as necessary.
- Serves on appropriate committees.
- Responsible for enhancing, developing, and expanding the EP program. Plays a key role in the intake process.
- Develops and maintains relationships with funders, supports coordinators, and families, to stimulate program growth as well as to ensure the provision of the highest quality service to our program participants. Renders assistance and solicits cooperation in achieving program and program participant goals.
- Develops policies and procedures for the EP program as needed, and ensures a safe workplace environment.
- Responsible for EP monthly fee-for-service billing
- Administers and scores all psychometric, scholastic, and other vocational tests required for a comprehensive vocational assessment. Develops and writes a thorough vocational evaluation report for each program participant, including test results, supervisor reports, and recommendations for subsequent services. Presents this report and partners with funding agencies to determine subsequent services to be provided.
- Coordinates individualized training curriculum for each program participant and partners with funding agencies to ensure that each participant is supported in making choices pursuant to their personal goals
- Develops and writes meeting summary and Individual Written Program Plan for each program participant during their evaluation period
- Promotes appropriate work-related behaviors and good work skills to encourage productivity and ultimate success in job placement for program participants.
Partnerships and Collaborative Relationships
- Establishes and maintains ongoing effective relationships with all stakeholders to promote continuity of care and ensure quality services through coordinated efforts.
- Maintain a consistent goal of long term, competitive employment for program participants.
- Identifies and communicates significant events to appropriate team members responsible for care and coordination of all services.
- Maintains positive and transparent relationships with all monitoring agencies. Provides information, responds to requests, promptly and thoroughly responds to all participants, family, funder and other stakeholder concerns.
- Positively and professionally represents SpArc Services at all times.
- Responsible for the coordination and completion of assessments within the regulated timeframes.
- Attends monthly meetings.
- Acts as plan lead for participants not supported by an SCO (support coordination organization) and is responsible for ensuring that supports and services are implemented as described in the plan for the licensed program in which the individual is enrolled.
- Supervises, monitors, and evaluates participant services.
- Reviews, signs, and dates monthly reporting documents illustrating participation and progress towards outcomes.
- Reports changes related to participant needs to the supports coordinator and other team members.
- Coordinates services provided to the participant within the SpArc program.
- Bachelor's degree required in related field or at least 5 years prior related experience, preferably with people with disabilities.
- Clear criminal and child abuse history, medical and drug screen.
- Must demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills with people from diverse backgrounds and varied abilities, stakeholders including family and caregivers and funders.
- Able to provide crisis intervention, including de-escalation of behavior.
- Proficient computer and word processing skills.
- Ability to translate regulations into practice. Knows the importance of effective record keeping. Possesses strong written communication skills.
- Effectively problem solve with the ability to proactively address issues preventing escalation.
- Requires self-direction, independence, good time management.
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and details simultaneously. Ability to work well under pressure and flexibility to respond to changing priorities, unplanned events or emergencies.
- Strong assessment skills and ability to translate assessment results into service plan.
Physical Environment/Working Conditions:
Routine office environment. May be required to lift and/or physically support participants independently or with other staff. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
How to Apply:
All applicants should view our website www.sparcphilly.org, and submit a copy of their cover letter and resumé to HR@sparcphilly.org with a subject line of "Vocational Evaluator."