Employment Specialist (Shelter)

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Position Number
New Life Shelter
Regular Full-Time
FLSA Status
Minimum Salary
USD $46,462.50/Yr.
Maximum Salary
USD $46,462.50/Yr.



The Employment Specialist/Vocational Counselor is responsible for developing and coordinating job readiness, training and placement activities for residents.





To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions unless this causes undue hardship to the agency.


  1. Responsible for developing and implementing strategies that result in competitive employment opportunities for residents.
  2. Conducts reviews vocational assessment information and develops a service plan to assist residents with getting and keeping a job.
  3. Provides training to residents regarding skills and strategies for getting and keeping a job.
  4. Serves as a liaison to possible and actual employers of residents.
  5. Collaborate with case managers, entitlements counselors, peer counselors, substance abuse counselor/specialists, and social workers, in developing service plans likely to lead to successful job placement, job training, and competitive employment activities.
  6. Provide motivational interviewing to residents as needed.
  7. Conduct a functional assessment of all residents to determine their educational and vocational strengths, needs, abilities, preferences, goals for inclusion in their service plans.
  8. Offer individual counseling sessions and conduct regular vocational support groups to provide interested residents with peer support for job-search activities including resume writing, the creation of a job search plan, and shared reviews of successful and unsuccessful job search activities.
  9. Serve as liaison to offsite employment assistance services.
  10. Develop and maintain linkage resources with community employers and vocational training agencies

Participate in meetings that address the effects of income on resident entitlements.

  1. Assist in the orientation of new personnel when requested.
  2. Maintain up-to-date, accurate individual paper and electronic case records on employment-related activities.
  3. Comply with attendance and timekeeping rules and reports reliably and regularly to work on an on-going basis.
  4. Attend scheduled clinical meetings, case conferences, staff meetings and supervision as well as in-service training and development activities.
  5. Review the staff communications log and make entries concerning essential elements of information designated by program management.
  6. May have on-call responsibilities.
  7. Comply and promote compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and agency policies helping to strengthen and maintain an ethical organizational culture.
  8. Perform other job-related duties that may be assigned.



  • Knowledge of vocational rehabilitation regulations
  • Effective problem-solving skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with diverse individuals
  • Ability to create and compose written materials
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently respond to questions from persons served
  • Ability to facilitate a meeting
  • Ability to present information to persons served and other employees
  • Ability to work with residents and staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences
  • Ability to serve as a role model to residents including modeling appropriate interpersonal interactions, appearance, demeanor
  • Ability to effectively use computer software
  • Willingness to continually learn and apply knowledge and willingness to participate in in-service training and development activities.
  • Ability to function as an effective team member, including performing share of work, cooperating with coworkers, and securing cooperation, and maintaining professional relationships and boundaries with co-workers, supervisors and residents
  • Ability to use sound judgment in identifying and solving problems, and knowing when to seek assistance.
  • Ability to learn, understand and comply with all regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to organize time effectively to accomplish all tasks in a timely way and meet deadlines without prompting.
  • Ability to develop, evaluate, implement and modify employment plans, meeting all deadlines and productivity standards
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, residents and potential employers
  • Ability to prepare accurate and timely documentation, reports and other written material as assigned.
  • Ability to work independently, and to conform to all applicable safety and accountability measures
  • Ability to be empathic, actively looking for ways to help people, to be compassionate and hopeful and to believe and help others work toward recovery.
  • Ability to engage in active listening—attending to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate
  • Ability to identify the nature of problems and to participate effectively in solving problems.
  • Ability to report for work as scheduled on a consistent basis 


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years experience providing vocational or employment services in a human services agency or closely related experience. Veteran preferred
  • This position description is a guide to the critical duties and essential functions of the job, not an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, qualifications, physical demands, and work environment conditions. Position descriptions are reviewed and revised to meet the changing needs of the agency at the sole discretion of the management.


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