Job Developer

Lantern Community Services | New York, New York

Job Summary

The Job Developer is responsible for assisting clients in obtaining competitive employment that is consistent with their vocational goals. The Job Developer helps clients think about long-term employment goals, work history, strengths, personal culture (as defined by each person), justice involvement, and other factors that relate to a current vocational goal.

The Job Developer will be trained to utilize the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) evidence-based model to supported employment.  The Job Developer will additionally be formally trained to practice Motivational Interviewing. The Job Developer will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving individuals impacted by serious mental illness, substance use, co-occurring disorders, and homelessness.  The ideal candidate must have an outgoing personality with a sales mentality and be able to confidently communicate with employer contacts. S/he must also be able to empathize with clients' struggles and challenges.


Essential Functions:

  • Maintain a caseload of 20 adults with self-identified interest in employment.
  • Conduct job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are individualized to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of IPS for approximately 65% of the work week.
  • Conducts at least six employer contacts with hiring managers each week to learn about businesses and employer needs, to talk about specific clients who are looking for work and/or to talk about employer services offered by the IPS program.
  • Is responsible for a minimum of 12 job starts each year after the first year of employment.
  • Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment. Provides frequent in-person supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily as desired by clients.
  • Work closely with case management staff to develop an integrated employment model.
  • Guide clients through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and ongoing employment retention.
  • Assist clients with developing appropriate social skills and work habits.
  • Educate clients about how their benefits will be affected by earned income.
  • Educate clients regarding the choice to disclose one's disability to the employer.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with mental health services staff to coordinate services and generate ideas to help clients achieve their education and employment goals.
  • Attend trainings and staff meetings, as required.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.
  • Perform other job-related duties, as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Rehabilitation Counseling or Human Services
  • Minimum of two years' experience providing direct service to populations impacted by HIV/AIDS, mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness is required.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing ability, demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to perform complex tasks with limited supervision.
  • Must possess the ability to work independently and successfully in a start-up operation.
  • Must be flexible and be willing to travel to various locations.

 Preferred Experience:

  • Master's Degree preferred with a focus on Education
  • Experience with employment services and/or workforce development preferred.

Work Environment:  This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population who experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.


4 Year Degree

How to Apply

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Lantern Community Services

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