Devoted to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.
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Employment Specialist

Full Job Description

Job Title: Employment Specialist

Parents Alliance Employment Project is the lead supported employment agency for the Project SEARCH program in partnership with Northwestern Medicine located at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. The Project SEARCH program is a unique job training program in which individuals with disabilities are placed into a variety of internships throughout Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage hospital so that they can learn and acquire job skills to transfer into community employment.

Parents Alliance Employment Project is seeking an Employment Specialist for the program to provide thorough vocational services to 5-6 individuals with disabilities enrolled in the program.

Primary duties of the Employment Specialist include:

-Assist the LEAD Employability Instructor in identifying internship sites within Central DuPage Hospital; provide disability awareness training to department managers to educate them on working with individuals with disabilities

-Assist with public relation activities to promote the Project SEARCH program/assist with and attend open houses to promote the program

-Conduct intake meetings to assess participant’s employment goals, career interests and personal job preferences to match and determine appropriate department internship placement and individual learning styles

-Provide job coaching and training to all participants in the Project SEARCH program; utilize systematic instruction to ensure job coaching consistency; learn the internship duties and make appropriate accommodations or modifications necessary to the successful independent completion of the job on behalf of the participant work site; perform specific job analysis and task analysis; assess participants on a daily basis on job skill acquisition

-Conduct job development by identifying employment opportunities in the community to secure community job placement following the completion of internships

-Assist LEAD Employability Instructor with classroom activities and instruction to teach program participants employability skills such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, grooming, mock interviewing, resume preparation, budgeting, advocacy, social skills, etc...

-Be responsible for submitting all necessary paperwork for the program required by funding sources

-Work as a team player to support the employment goals of all the Project SEARCH participants and their success

Qualifications: Educational Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, or related field.

Work Hours: Normal work hours are 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:30pm; however must be willing to be flexible at times to accommodate the needs of the program participants, which may include some evening and weekend hours.

Location: This position is located at Central DuPage Hospital located in Winfield, Illinois, but may require travel within DuPage county to and from job sites.

Additional Information and Requirements: Ability and willingness to tolerate light physical activity to include long periods of standing and heavy amounts of walking throughout the hospital.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $38,000.00 - $42,000.00 per year


Dental insurance

Health insurance

Life insurance

Paid time off

Professional development assistance

Retirement plan

Vision insurance


8 hour shift

Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:

Must have valid proof of COVID vaccine. Social distancing practices, use of PPE required,


Associate (Preferred)


Driver's License (Preferred)

Work Location: One location

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.


Parents Alliance Employment Project works in partnership with the workNet DuPage Career Center

CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) 

has accredited Parents Alliance Employment Project for its Employment Services: Community Employment Services in Job Development, Job Supports, and Job Site Training Programs.

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