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Employment Specialist 1, $500 Sign-on Bonus 

Salary Hourly rate is $15-17 depending on qualifications.  
About the Organization Phoenix Alternatives, Inc. (PAI) has been a vital part of our community since 1990. We were founded as a 501(c)(3) to serve people with developmental disabilities, maximizing integration into the community while pursuing meaningful, person-centered activities. PAI is a day program offering an array of services and opportunities for adults who want to design a life they love. You will find a culture that's respectful, team-oriented, and focused on meeting the unique needs of the people we serve.

Our mission is to engage individuals in meaningful participation in and connection with the community.

SUMMARY / OBJECTIVE- Our Employment Specialist 1 will design and deliver person centered training and support that prepare program participants for community-based employment, assist them in finding and succeeding in those jobs, and provide ongoing support for the participant and employer.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES – Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Provide Employment Service (Exploration, Development, and Support) delivery for individuals enrolled in Employment Services.
  • Follow and maintain Outlook calendar for each ES service for all individual in ES.
  • Support Employment Specialist II in curriculum development for Exploration and Development services.
  • Develop and implement employment-based goals/outcomes for all individuals in ES.
  • Record daily documentation of each Employment Service provided.
  • Record daily data entries into online Cashe software program to ensure billing is accurate and up to date.
  • Assist supervisor with assessments/reviews of individuals in community-based worksites.
  • Assist supervisor in establishing employment milestones to celebrate workplace accomplishments between individuals and employers.
  • Maintain relationships with community employers to ensure appropriate supports are in place for individuals and establish check-ins to identify support needs.
  • Participate in monthly Employment Services meetings with internal PAI team members and stakeholders.
  • Maintain monthly reporting on individuals’ progress in each Employment Service as well as total units used and report to team members.
  • Flexibility to work 40+ hours per week (subject to change depending upon individuals’ employment needs; which could include weekends).
  • Pass medications as needed.
  • Update records, staff and supervisor on specific changes to individual’s support and service needs as they occur or are reported by team members.
  • Accurately complete all assigned paperwork within the designated time frame.
  • Develop, follow and revise the Intensive Support Services Assessment, Person-Centered Planning Checklist, Individual Abuse Assessment and Prevention Plan etc., as the individual’s aspirations and support needs change.
  • Maintain and assure service-related data are complete, accurate and in compliance with 245D and other regulatory standards, ensure accurate daily charting for assigned individuals.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Coordinated Service and Support Plans (CSSP’s) and Coordinated Service and Support Plans and Addendums (CSSPA’s) as assigned.
  • Work effectively as a team member to design person-centered plans that promote individual choices.
  • Communicate professionally and engage in problem-solving approaches with outside team members.
  • Demonstrate effective time-management, organization, and task prioritization skills. Receptive to learning and applying new skills, techniques and approaches.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, anticipate and respond effectively to change, successfully work independently and as part of a team. Demonstrate professional written and verbal skills


Hourly rate is $15-17 depending on qualifications.

  • PAI offers three health and dental plans with significant company contribution toward the cost of the plans. Single coverage as low as $85/month!
  • Company paid short-term disability insurance and life insurance
  • PTO starts at 15 days first year,
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical Pool of paid time for extended illness
  • A 403B option.
  • Monday-Friday days with flexibility for evenings and weekends as job demands
  • Opportunities for advancement


Position Requirements


Education and Credentials

  1. Pass a DHS Background study and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and maintain clearance to provide direct contact services without continuous supervision.
  2. Reliable transportation for work purposes, a valid driver’s license, a driving record approved by our insurance company and proof of valid car insurance. And at least 21 years of age or older to drive company vehicles.
  3. CESP Certified Employment Support Professional (or competent to pass exam for certification)

Desired Skills and Experience

  1. One-year case management experience with a 245D licensed provider.
  2. Over one year of experience supporting persons with intellectual disabilities.
  3. A two or four-year related degree.
  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

To apply please email

Preferred Requirements:  
Location White Bear Lake, MN  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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