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Vocational Employment Specialist


Headrest supports individuals and their families, friends and neighbors affected by substance use, navigating recovery, or in crisis, by providing effective programs and treatment options that support prevention and long- term recovery.  Headrest will never turn anyone away.

The Vocational Employment Specialist advances Headrest’s mission and vision by providing direct training to clients and employers. Training for clients consists of Pre-Employment activities and assessment, Job development and placement, and employer interaction. Also will facilitate the development and maintenance of an employer advisory board to assist with developing successful strategies for placement and support of our clients.

Job Summary

The Vocational Employment Specialist is responsible for implementing the Employment Program of Headrest.

The VES will work collaboratively with area employers to develop and provide employment opportunities to the Clients of Headrest and potential other community members through the City of Lebanon Human Services department. 

This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college OR equivalent of education and work experience.
  •  Available to work flexible/adjustable hours to provide on-call support and response to after hours concerns and emergencies.

 Eperience, Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook Email. Knowledge of PowerPoint and other presentation computer applications.
  • Ability to work as a team player and communicate effectively with Clients and their families, direct supervisor, employers, co-workers, and people of diverse cultures and backgrounds within and outside the mental health worker community.

VES services shall include but not be limited to:

  • Vocational assessments;
  • Job preparation, that includes Intensive Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS);
  • Job coaching
  • Counseling regarding on the job challenges and successes
  • Environmental support; and
  • Adaptive skills teaching necessary for a client attempting to secure and retain employment.

A substantial amount of time will be spent at jobsites, meeting with employers and employees, and assisting with transportation options for clients to get to job interviews and jobsites. Working hours will be flexible.

 Specific Functions:

A.   Vocational Employment Duties:

  • Provide Intensive Vocational Services, including but not limited to:

a)     Job Coaching,

b)     Vocational or other training, including intensive job coaching, or travel training, and transportation,

c)     Evaluation, including Interests and Aptitude testing

d)     Employment Counseling, guidance, and referral to resources, and

e)     Employer support and education.

f)      Be available for employer and employee to mediate issues

  • Schedule, coordinate, and obtain individualized employment opportunities for Clients.
  • Responsible for achieving performance outcomes:
  • Job Coaching and Support Services Duties

B.   Job Development:

  • Identify receptive employers and schedule, coordinate, and obtain individualized employment opportunities for Clients. Individualized opportunities pertain directly to Client’s stated employment interests and skills.
  • Conduct personal Job Development activities with receptive employers, where the VES presents the Headrest Employment Program to employers; highlighting the benefits of hiring Clients of Headrest.
  • Assist Clients with scheduling of job interviews.
  • Provide work opportunities for Clients that range from 20 hours to 40 hours per week in response to the Client’s choices. Work opportunities are to comply with applicable OSHA and Stand and Federal wage and labor laws.
  • Provide on-going support services to the employer and the Client.
  • Assist Clients individually and in group setting with the development and maintenance of a portfolio

C.   Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Participate with Headrest Case Managers and Clinicians in the creation and completion of  vocational goals, interventions for clients
  • Conduct timely Assessments of Clients Interest and Aptitude.
  • Maintain records of the following information:
    • Referrals,
    • Assessments,
    • Assist in creating portfolios for clients,
    • Placement information (jobsite, position, wage/salary, initial date of employment, date of termination, etc.),
    • Satisfaction Surveys,
    • Client interviews,
    • Payment/Benefits,
    • Consent to Release Confidential Data,
    • Progress Notes, and
    • Other information as required.
How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to: Cameron Ford, Executive Director,

Salary Range:

$15.00-$23.00 DOE

Job Location:


Date Added: July 2, 2021

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