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Vocational Coordinator

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  • The Transition and Career Studies program at Georgian Court University is an inclusive postsecondary/transition program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. We accept 5-7 students each year to this residential four-year program, which is designed to prepare students for competitive integrated employment and independent living. Students take specialized and integrated coursework, including on-campus practical and off-campus internships. A full-time staff of four support and instruct the students.

    The Vocational Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all career-based initiatives and vocational activities for the Transition and Career Studies Program, focusing on the transition and employment of young adults with disabilities. This includes the development and management of career programming and curriculum in collaboration with the program’s Academic Coordinator, long term business and community partnerships, student internship placements, career placement opportunities, development and implementation of workforce training programs, coordination and oversight of employment support vocational peer mentors and the management of a comprehensive system to track student’s progress towards competitive integrated employment and outcomes.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Develop and maintain an infrastructure of employment, job placement and support services to prepare students with skills necessary for career readiness, practicum, internship and employment placement with regional business partners.
  • Teach practicum and internship courses for students in Years 2, 3, and 4 of the program
  • Provide supervision and oversight for the Vocational Peer Mentors
  • Develop and manage vocational programming, internal and external internships, individualized training plans, job coaching and confidential reporting systems that capture and report data to stakeholders.
  • Promote positive collaboration and support between departments within the university including the Career Services Office and Center for Professional Studies, as well as business leaders and community stakeholders to increase the frequency of successful employment outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Develop and maintain long term partnerships with corporate and public sector partners to increase the diversity of career training and employment options for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities by meeting with clients and prospects, internet research, proposals, marketing campaigns and general networking activities.
  • Develop partnerships with local school districts to provide information on transition and career programming options, and best practices in accessing postsecondary education and workforce training for students with disabilities.
  • Participate in university, grant and community projects related to increasing and improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • Provide consultation for students working with Career Services, Center for Professional Studies, and Office of Accessibility Services related to accommodations and employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities.
  • Promote program success within the community in collaboration with the university’s Public Relations team to maintain enrollment and to retain and grow business partnerships and funding sources for programming including connections to agencies like DVRS (Department of Labor), DDD, Talent Networks and the US Department of Education.
  • Participate in activities related to recruitment and enrollment of students, including some weekend and evening events (e.g., open houses and information sessions).
  • Assist with management of student and applicant record-keeping
  • Other duties as assigned. Since the TCS program includes a small professional staff, additional duties outside of the purview of this position may be required at times.
QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Minimum qualification: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or related human services field. Master’s degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal as well as technical skills and must be detail oriented. Exhibits strong skills in leadership, managing, communication, customer and student focus, building relationships, organizing and planning. Experience with consultative sales including the sourcing of any required funding and building relationships. Ability to be creative and innovative with problem solving solutions. Demonstrates understanding of the university mission and core values. Practices an open door policy. Familiarity with cloud-based computing and collaborative platforms and software preferred.

Experience:
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in supported employment including job development, job customization, job placement and job coaching. CESP or trained Employment Specialist preferred.
  • Experience working with young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities is required.
  • Prior experience working within a post-secondary setting is preferred.
  • Experience collaborating across departments within an institution and community.
  • Proven track record of establishing business partnerships and connections with community organizations with business acumen and knowledge of current labor market demands and compensation rates in relevant industry clusters.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Technological skills: MS Office, experience with managing shared documents and databases.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, be a strategic thinker and self-starter, and present before large and small audiences.
**Effective October 1, 2021, proof of vaccination or submission of weekly COVID-19 tests are required for all Georgian Court employees. A copy of your CDC vaccination card should be shared with the Office of Human Resources before your first day of employment. All information will be kept confidential**

**Must be US work authorized**

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