Supported Employment Specialist

$26.38 - $33.24 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jan 16, 2023
Full time Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

Supported Employment Specialist

Job ID: 106784

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.


This job posting will remain OPEN UNTIL FILLED. The next application review date is scheduled for THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2023.


Hourly Pay Range: $26.385626 - $33.247415

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position

In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions. Most benefits, including Medical & Dental, start the first of the month after date of hire:

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month

• 8 hours of sick accrued per month

• 10 paid holidays

• 1 personal day per year

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

• PERS/OPSRP Pension Program is funded by Clackamas County and provides a lifetime pension to eligible participants, this includes the County picking up the 6% employee retirement contribution!

• OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65

• The 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan provides a resource for retirement savings in addition to your PERS/OPSRP benefits. You can contribute a fixed dollar amount or percentage with each paycheck; a County-paid contribution is included for certain groups.

Other Benefits:

• Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision and prescription drug coverage

• Choice of Dental Plans

• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

• Longevity pay

• A variety of additional optional benefits

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.


Clackamas County is seeking an experienced, highly motivated individual to join the Health Centers Division's Behavioral Health Services team as a Supported Employment Specialist. Working within the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment framework, this position will assist clients in obtaining and sustaining meaningful employment that is consistent with their vocational goals and recovery. The IPS model of supported employment for individuals with serious mental illness has been designated an evidence based practice by the Center for Mental Health Services and the State of Oregon.

The Supported Employment Specialist (classified as a Job Development Specialist) will provide employment and training opportunities to individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders; possess the ability to work independently in the field; create employer networks for the purpose of establishing program partners; develop and administer marketing programs and activities to enhance training and employment opportunities; partner with Vocational Rehabilitation in maximizing program compliance and satisfaction with area employers and partner agencies; and do other work as required. You will also be expected to participate in and support increased diversity and equity within our team, clinic, and county.

Successful candidates will be detail-oriented; able to communicate the importance of work as recovery in services to people diagnosed with a mental illness or substance use disorder; possess a working knowledge of severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and substance use disorders (SUD); have a strong commitment to providing equitable services to the community and supporting Clackamas County's commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity; have an anti-racist lens; have completed some personal reflection and growth in their own equity journey; foster an open and productive work environment; demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, the diverse populations we serve; have the ability to instill hope in others; and have previous successful experience as a job developer with the ability to initiate partnerships with the business community on the behalf of clients.

The ideal candidate will have experience working clients for one of Oregon's IPS Supported Employment Programs or similar.

The goal of a Supported Employment Specialist is to assist clients in obtaining successful, long-term career path employment.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

Per the Oregon Health Authority, ( &, this position is subject to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Prior to the start of employment, the selected candidate must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exception in place with the County as a qualification of employment.

• Must possess required education, experience and knowledge to meet minimum qualifications as defined by the applicable Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), including either of the following:

• Qualified Mental Health Associate (OAR 309-032-1505) - A QMHA is a person delivering services under the direct supervision of a Qualified Mental Health Profession (QMHP) and meeting the following minimum qualifications:

(a) Bachelor's degree in a behavioral sciences field; or

(b) A combination of at least three years relevant work, education, training or experience; OR

• Certified Peer Support Specialist (OAR 410-180-0300) - A Peer Support Specialist is a person delivering services to an individual or family member with similar life experience, under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Supervisor. To be certified as a peer support specialist, an individual must:

(a) Complete all required training offered by an Authority approved 40-hour training program for peer support specialists by specialization;

(b) Complete an Authority approved oral health training;

(c) Complete all application requirements to be in the state registry;

(d) Complete the Authority certification process; and

(e) Be successfully accepted into the state registry

• A minimum of two (2) years relevant experience that demonstrates the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of this position, including the following:

• Experience, education, and/or training in vocational, career, and/or employment counseling

• Experience, education, and/or training with developing and locating culturally appropriate employment opportunities for individuals diagnosed with SPMI and/or SUD

• Experience contacting/calling on businesses, employers, and/or community organizations making presentations to find employment opportunities for clients

• Experience developing customized, culturally appropriate employment and career plans (“job-carving”) with clients

• Experience, skill, and ability working with a diverse client population, effectively serving vulnerable populations, and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion

• Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision

• Proficiency using Microsoft Office products

• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check

• Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Experience delivering services utilizing the principles of Trauma Informed Care

• Experience working with an Electronic Health Record (EHR)

• Certified Benefits Counselor

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


• Follow and implement IPS Supported Employment fidelity principles and procedures; help clients in job development and job search activities directed towards clients' needs and interests.

• Assess clients' vocational needs on an ongoing basis and develop individualized employment plans with client input. Provide culturally appropriate skills training, case management, and care coordination services related to employment for individuals who are diagnosed with SPMI and/or SUD.

• Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with area employers. Provide education and support to employers which may include negotiating job accommodations and follow along supports for clients.

• Coordinate with treatment team members, social service personnel, and other agencies to integrate vocational services into MH treatment and obtain and maintain employment services; provide information and referral services to clients and families; reevaluate and update employment plans on a regular basis; advocate for client and other agencies for services.

• Documentation of services in electronic health records as required by OAR, Medicaid / Medicare, VR, and IPS fidelity model.

• Coach and prepare client for interview and entry into the workforce. Provide assistance with customizing resumes for specific jobs and employers, completing on-line applications, and conducting practice interviews.

• Assist with finding and accessing resources such as work incentives planning, benefits planning, local schools, available transportation, etc.

• Participate in on-going program development including training and assisting team members.


Working knowledge of: Local, state, and federal laws and regulations applicable to employment and training programs and social service programs; principles and practices of vocational, career, and employment counseling; employment/training contract marketing, preparation, and administration; local social service agencies, vocational education organizations and employer groups; specialized supports to provide success for individuals with mental illness; Oregon regulations for documentation in mental health records for the purpose of billing; local labor market demographics and trends; IPS fidelity supported employment model.

Skill to: Engage individuals diagnosed with SPMI and/or SUD in meaningful work; research training and employment opportunities within the labor market area; educate prospective employers about IPS fidelity supported employment; negotiate employment/training contracts on behalf of the agency; develop employment networks with local agencies and employers; establish solid business relationships with local area employers; interview applicants and assess problems and needs; interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and program standards; partner with Employment and Training Specialists to match participant's skills, goals, and interests to employer's needs or training program; prepare and deliver presentations to employers regarding program opportunities; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; prepare written reports, maintain statistics and evaluative information used to formulate reports; establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships and communications with county staff, internal and external customers, community partners, and funding source agencies.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday.

• Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

• This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.


Clackamas County Health Centers provide direct medical, dental, and mental health services to Clackamas County residents.

We provide services at our Integrated Primary Health Care Clinics, our mental health clinics, or through our School Based Health Centers.

Health Centers is a Division of the


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Help With Your Application:

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).



Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


This position will require possession of a current certification as a Qualified Medical Health Associate (QMHA) by having the minimum education requirements as established by the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO).


E.D. Barnett-Herro, Recruiter

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