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Vocational Consultant 



Vocational Consultants engage and establish trusting, collaborative relationships with clients directed toward the goal of competitive employment and/or education completion. Vocational Consultants work closely with the Behavioral Health team, Medical Staff, Family Members and Community Partners/Employers to ensure that client needs are adequately met and supported. The Supported Employment Specialist team is responsible for the planning, assessment, placement, development and follow through of community based employment for people with severe and persistent mental illness.


  • Utilizes a Strengths-Based approach to help clients learn about different jobs, careers, and educational/vocational programs by coordinating with meetings with workers/managers to ask about positions that interest clients, attending job fairs or meetings with academic advisors
  • Develops an individualized employment and/or education plan with clients, incorporating input from mental health team and family members, with client permission.
  • Ongoingly, discuss accommodations, disclosure options and client rights.
  • Provides follow along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment or completing an educational/vocational program.
  • Conducts job development and job search activities specific to the interests and uniqueness of the people on his/her caseload, following the principles and procedures of IPS supported employment. Conducts an average of six employer contacts per week.
  • Collaborates with educational staff in the Office for Disability Services, professors/instructors, and personnel at the Financial Aid Office.
  • Spends 65% or more of scheduled work hours in the community, for example, meeting clients at their homes, workplaces, coffee shops, libraries, workforce centers, state VR office and family homes.
  • Participates in face-to-face meetings with state Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors monthly and the behavioral health treatment team weekly to coordinate and integrate vocational services for clients.
  • Assists clients in obtaining individualized information about how entitlements (e.g., SSI, Medicaid, etc.) will be affected by employment so clients can make decisions about employment opportunities. Refers clients to benefits counseling, as needed. Helps clients report earnings, as needed.
  • Facilitate groups on vocational related topics.
  • Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Help others succeed by demonstrating exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to work with persons with severe and persistent mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance, and the ability to react effectively in a wide variety of human service situations. Effectively manage conflict, promote change and growth, and inspire the development of all clients served.
  • Complete a comprehensive series of job-specific training in field of case management and social services and maintain on-going education regarding professional development, State, Federal, organizational and professional standards, including regulations, laws, compliance and ethical standards and practices

Essential Functions:

Achieve Results

  • Ensure that all clients seen in this facility are treated with dignity and respect, and experience effective yet minimally restrictive case management intervention. Meet or exceed the organization’s access standards for timely service.
  • Develop, implement, monitor and/or modify treatment plans (according to Medicaid and agency standards), as appropriate, in order to achieve client-specific goals. Ensure that treatment plans reflect a balance of client input, information from strengths and needs assessment, and other clinical assessments, as appropriate.
  • Meet or exceed departmental goals and expectations for productivity standards.
  • Ensure that each client receives the highest level and quality of services available.

Operational Excellence

  • Ensure that all treatments and interventions are delivered consistent with their programmatic intent and outcomes. Comply with all relevant laws, regulations, standards and best practices in order to satisfy case supervision requirements.
  • Actively research and engage in the identification of internal and external resources and benefits which may be advantageous to the clients being served. Ensure all clients are appropriately connected or linked to resources necessary for them to accomplish their expected treatment plans and outcomes.
  • Ensure regular and consistent communication/feedback with supervisors regarding the practical application of professional training, best practices, philosophies and standards consistent with those taught and directed by the organization.


  • Develop and maintain respectful, courteous and professional relationships with all clients and their families. Work closely with all others involved in delivery of services to ensure that client needs are being met.
  • Maintain positive, effective working relationships with other staff members, volunteers, donors, vendors, and other internal resource relationships critical to the efficient and effective operation of the organization.
  • Develop and expand positive working relationships with current referral sources and related external partners and continue to seek out additional community services and benefits which may be of value to clients served.

Leadership and Workplace Culture

  • Uphold and ensure all activities and conduct are compliant with internal policies, as well as all relevant laws and regulations. Model the values and the mission of the organization at all times, and act as good stewards of the organization’s resources.
  • Proactively seek out and engage in professional development activities in order to remain current with best practices.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that contribute to team cohesion and result in a positive, effective work team environment
Position Requirements


Education: Bachelor’s degree in the human services field, with emphasis preferably in social work, psychology, rehabilitation, or related field. Familiarity with mental health theory, emerging promising practices, and Evidence-Based Practice.

Experience: Prior experience providing effective, efficient case management support preferred.

Skill & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of trends and issues, laws and regulations related to the development and delivery of case management services helpful.
  • Ability to establish relationships with individuals and organizations of influence within the social services community, including civic groups, charitable agencies, related government entities, fundraising sources, etc.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated time management and organizational skills. The ability to manage multiple priorities under changing circumstances and timeframes.
  • Emotional capacity to control and manage self if clients act out or behave in a verbal or physical manner.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Hours Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm  
Pay Range  
Division Wyandot Center  
About the Organization Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (Wyandot BHN) is a family of organizations serving the behavioral health needs of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and beyond.

Our network of organizations provides resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.

Wyandot BHN organizations include:

• Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. - Supportive housing program
• RSI - 24/7 Crisis Center
• PACES - Children & adolescents behavioral health care center
• Wyandot Center - Adult behavioral health care center  
EOE Statement Wyandot Behavioral Health Network's family of organizations: Kim Wilson Housing, PACES, RSI and Wyandot Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity or expression), disability, handicap, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Any act of retaliation or discrimination against any person who has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in any investigation involving a complaint is prohibited.

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