Employment Specialist I - IC (E)

Job Description

Job ID: 1187358
Employment Status: Full-Time
Your Career. Made Better.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish Hospital's staff is composed of full-time academic faculty and community physicians of Washington University School of Medicine, supported by a house staff of residents, interns, fellows and other medical professionals. Recognizing its excellence in nursing care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Since 1981, Independence Center has focused on providing programs and services that assist adults in the St. Louis metropolitan area with serious and persistent mental illnesses to live and work in the community, independently through rehabilitation, employment, education, social and housing opportunities.  In collaboration with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and BJC HealthCare, the Center also provides clinical, case management and partial hospitalization services.

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Role Purpose

Fosters an atmosphere of belief in all member's ability to work. Assists members to obtain and maintain employment that is consistent with their vocational goals by utilizing the guidelines of two evidence based practices: The Individual Placement and Support model of Supported Employment and the Clubhouse Model of psychiatric rehabilitation.


  • Works independently to conduct and engage members in individualized job development and job search activities. Assists with resume development and interview skills as necessary. Provides outreach to members who are disengaged including phone, job and home visits. Participates in and promotes the Evening, Weekend, and Holiday social program.
  • Works independently to develop and maintain relationships with the business community to establish and maintain employment opportunities. Provides education and support to employers as agreed upon by members, which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with the employer. Provides excellent customer service to employers.
  • Uses clinical judgement to assess level of support needed to assist members with employment goals -act as trainer, troubleshooter, bus trainer, follow-along support, benefits counselor, advocate and liaison with the employer for Transitional and Supported employment positions. Fulfills placement manager responsibilities for Transitional Employment. Provide crisis intervention services as needed.
  • Acts as a liaison with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and assures compliance with their guidelines. Coordinates services with vocational rehabilitation counselors, Clubhouse staff, Community Support Specialists, and other clinicians at Independence Center as well as community providers.
  • Utilizes clinical judgement and partners with members to achieve their goals by creating and updating an individualized employment plan with measurable goals and objectives. Quarterly completes the Daily Living Activities-20(DLA) assessment tool. Documents progress toward meeting goals based on Individual Placement and Support model of Supported Employment (IPS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) employment requirements. Incorporates input from other supports.

  • Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor's Degree
  • - Social Services/related


    Licenses & Certifications

  • Valid Driver's License


    Preferred Requirements and Additional Job Information



  • No Experience

    Supervisor Experience

  • No Experience

  • Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Memorial Medical Group, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Equal Opportunity Employer