Pre-Employment Transition Services
College of Education & Human Development
University of MO-Columbia
One of new provisions in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity
Act of 2014, requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in
collaboration with the Local Educational Agency (LEA), to provide,
or arrange for the provision of, pre-employment transition services
for students with disabilities in need of such services who are
eligible or potentially eligible for services. This position is
being created to help meet staff capacity by providing highly
qualified personnel who will work in collaboration with local
education agencies and Vocational Rehabilitation, in the provision
of pre-employment transition services for students with
disabilities enrolled in Missouri secondary schools, who are not
yet eligible for VR services.
This position will provide pre-employment transition services to
Deaf or Hard of Hearing students by effectively communicating via
sign language and manual communication. This position will also
provide services to students with disabilities who are eligible or
potentially eligibile for services as assigned.
Provide job exploration counseling to include but not limited
Work with students to develop a Missouri Connections account and
Use career interest inventories and other career assessments to
identify skills and career interest areas.
Provide information regarding in-demand occupations and local labor
Counsel students to identify and explore careers in their local
community and/or geographical region within a career pathway of
Aid the special education teacher, the school counselor, and the
student to ensure the student's IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable) is
coordinated with their Personal Plan of Study.
Collaborate with VR business specialists, LEAs, and local
businesses to facilitate a job-shadowing month for students to
explore careers in their field of interest.
Collaborate with LEAs and Division of Workforce Development (DWD)
to facilitate a field day for students at the local career center
to educate students about how to register for employment
services/youth programs, fill out on-line job applications,
Assist students in identifying and exploring job fields that may
require apprenticeship training and visit apprenticeship programs
with students in the local community.
Coordinate mock job interviews for students with businesses.
Assist LEA staff and VR counselors/business specialists to identify
work experience opportunities for students in the local
Provide counseling on enrollment in postsecondary education at
institutions of higher education to include but not limited
Educate and inform students of short and long-term post-secondary
training opportunities and assist students in gaining an
understanding of how different training options may meet their
Facilitate student visits to disability support services offices at
local colleges or universities.
Build and sustain an effective relationship with the student
utilizing strength-based career planning.
Research degree or credential requirements for jobs within the
student's career pathway of interest and work with the school
counselor to identify ways for the student to develop skill
acquisition for jobs in that career pathway through course
Participate in LEA Career and Transition Fairs, FAFSA Frenzy
Assist the student in using Missouri Connections to search for
colleges and training options in their career pathway.
Assist the student in learning about their disability and the
accommodations they need to be successful in a training program or
Assist the student in learning the differences between high school
and college by utilizing MOAHEAD and other resources.
Assist the student in researching those colleges or training
programs that offer specific services for students with
Assist the student and their families in understanding the
financial aid process.
Provide workplace readiness & social skills support to include
but not limited to
Identify work readiness skills that are identified by employers as
priority areas and review those skills with students.
Connect students and their families to their local Center for
Work with students to identify and measure work readiness skills by
developing or utilizing a work readiness inventory that will
address the following areas through a volunteer or work experience
opportunity on or off campus: attendance, punctuality, workplace
appearance, taking initiative, teamwork, quality of work,
communication skills, response to supervision, problem-
solving/critical thinking, workplace culture, policy, and
Review and discuss transportation options available for students
for getting to and from work.
Review and discuss asset development and benefits planning with
students and families by connecting them with appropriate resources
and following up to discuss questions/concerns.
Support the student's social connectedness and overall health by
discussing with the student the importance of participating in
school-based activities, after-school clubs, or community service
projects to help connect the student socially.
Provide self-advocacy training which may include peer mentoring to
include but not limited to
Assist with facilitating student understanding of the concepts of
self-determination and self- advocacy.
Utilize existing resources and materials to help students learn how
to practice speaking up, leading their IEP/504 or other personal
Encourage students to take advantage of peer mentoring programs in
their communities including the Governor’s Council – Youth
Work with the students to practice self-advocacy and skill building
through real life activities, such as ordering a meal in a
Applicants applying for this position will live and serve in the
Pre-Employment Transition Services assigned area above, and others
as needed or assigned. This position is not located in the
immediate Columbia, MO area.
Applicants applying for this position should be willing to work
from a home office.
The applicants applying for this position should be aware that they
will be traveling up to 75% of their time to assigned school
districts in the state providing pre-employment transition services
for students with disabilities in need of such services who are
eligible or potentially eligible for these services.
Salary Range: $36,254 up to $51,626.00
GGS Grade: 008
University Title: Child Development Teacher
Internal applicants can determine their university title by
accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.
Position is 100% grant funded at or around $45,000 annually;
full-time benefit eligible.
Full-Time Position: 40 hours per week
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Associate's degree in early childhood education, child development
or related area or the equivalent combination of education and
experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be
acquired is necessary.
All applicants will be screened based on the preferred
Required fluency in sign language and manual communication
Required years of experience: Three to four years minimum; two
years of teaching experience or guidance and counseling experience
- would have frequent contact with state agencies, school
districts, school personnel, and students enrolled in MO secondary
Bachelor's degree is acceptable but a master’s degree from an
accredited college/university in Education or a related field is
preferred. A current MO Teachers Certificate or the ability to
obtain a Substitute Teacher Certification is required. Teaching
certification in Special Education for
Mild/Moderate-Severe/Profound is preferred.
Experience working directly with transition age youth/families and
school personnel is preferred.
Travel and ability to work flexible hours will be required.
Valid MO Drivers License.
The selected individual should be knowledgeable about disability
programs and policies to include vocational rehabilitation, special
education, career and technical education, career pathways; and
should have strong communication, organization, relationship
building, leadership, and community consensus-building
Each applicant must submit a cover letter, current resume, and a
list of references.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University
offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental
and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee
discounts. For additional information on University benefits,
please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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