Catholic Health Initiatives Employment Specialist Fulltime Fargo in FARGO, North Dakota

Employment Specialist Fulltime Fargo


The Employment Specialist position includes managerial duties such as supervision of staff, job development for a caseload of people supported looking for volunteerism and paid employment. Meetings, on the floor intervention (working direct care) and supervisory coaching are also a major part of the this role. Employment Specialists must be flexible with their available hours to meet the needs of those they are responsible for.


Learning About The Person Supported

  • Uses the Personal Outcome Measures and other assessments to learn about each person’s goals and dreams.

  • Learns about the life experiences (work, residential, social, etc.) of the person and assist him/her to expand his/her experiences through education and a variety of community experiences.

  • Learns what barriers hinder the accomplishment of the person’s goals and dreams. Utilize current services and supports and/or advocate for additional services and supports as needed to overcome the barriers.

  • Maintains person’s data using Therap system.

Integration and Community Support

  • Provides direction for all job development placement activities.

  • Actively solicits employment and volunteer opportunities for people as requested.

  • Provides ongoing oversight and observation at all job and volunteer sites.

  • Learns about people’s vocational, community and social interests and provide the necessary support to assist the person to develop his/her interest in an integrated environment.

  • Supports and assists people to remain connected to their natural supports (family, close friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.).

  • Supports and assists people to develop and maintain a network of friends/relationships.

  • Supports and assists people to be active members of the community (i.e., volunteer work, belonging to clubs/organizations, participating in church activities, etc.) by emphasizing choices and options.

System Advocacy

  • Supports and assists people to direct their services and make informed choices in all aspects of their life.

  • Be a Personal Advocate for people and teach members of the community to treat people we support with dignity and respect by modeling positive attitudes and respectful communication and interactions.

  • Advocates with employers, service coordinators, families and other stakeholders to develop needed supports and services for people we support.

Health, Safety and Welfare of the Person Supported

Assist and support people:

  • To have a safe environment in which to live and work, free of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

  • To look their best by providing needed assistance to complete hygiene, grooming and clothing care tasks.

  • To learn to maintain a clean living/work environment.

  • To learn about nutritional recommendations through meal planning and preparation.

  • To learn about and practice safety awareness in all of their environments (living, work/daytime and leisure activities).

  • To learn about their personal finances and budgeting skills.

  • To learn about and exercise their rights.

  • To learn about fair treatment and to understand due process if s/he feels that treatment is not fair.

  • To learn about and become involved in their personal health needs.



  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field preferred but may not be required.

  • At least one year supervisory experience.

  • One year experience working in program(s) serving people with disabilities.

  • Current valid driver’s license, access to a licensed vehicle and proof of motor vehicle liability insurance is required.

  • Able to plan, organize and facilitate effective communication including effectively communicating through clear speaking and writing. This includes potential employers.

  • Able to organize and calculate data/information and maintain records according to standards.

Job Director/Manager/Supervisor


Daily Schedule M-F Variable

Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 80

Weekends Required Occasional

Req ID: 2018-R0169729

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.