Pathways Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: 512714-656093
  • Job Location: Buffalo, NY
  • Job Level: Entry Level (less than 2 years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: November 02, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:


The Pathway Specialist implements Pathway to Employment, and other related employment programming, and provides supervision to individuals receiving services ("individuals") in a community-based work setting.


Direct Services

  • Assist in developing vocational community experiences through volunteer opportunities, paid or unpaid internships, mentorships, apprenticeships, job clubs, work site visits, job placement or other job exploration modalities
  • Facilitate communication between individuals and the employer regarding expectations, rules of conduct and safety
  • Transport individuals receiving services
  • Assess individual in community setting to determine the individual’s skills, abilities and unique talents while supporting individuals to make informed decisions
  • Provide assessment data and records to other agencies, as requested, and gives signed consents, assuring adherence to confidentiality, regulations and policies
  • Participate in staff meetings, group conferences and in-service training and community educational activities
  • Develop and implement a variety of career development activities and community work experiences
  • Assess the individual to determine if they have a need for assistive technology
  • Provide job readiness training in the community and support individual in achieving their vocational goals
  • Provide support throughout the pre-employment phase and hiring process as needed.
  • Apply behavior management techniques as needed

Case Management:

  • Schedules and participates in multi-disciplinary meetings and participates in Life Plan meetings initial, annual, semi-annual or as needed and maintains communication with family, care providers, ACCESS-VR counselors, CC’s and other service and care providers as applicable
  • Maintain all documentation for Pathway to Employment, and other related employment program’s in a timely manner and in accordance with Agency and regulatory requirements, including case notes as events occur, monthly notes, program plans and safeguards
  • Complete all applicable, billable services (Direct/Indirect) accurately and in a timely manner
  • Review all documentation such as psychological, ISP’s, DDP2/IAM, educational records, person-centered plans, plan of protective oversight, habilitation plans/staff action plans, service documentation, career and interest assessments, disability information, health and personal care information and financial benefits
  • Complete all applicable interviews of support staff, clinicians and family members related to OPWDD services
  • Complete all Observations in programs and community activities funded by OPWDD and others as approved
  • Coordinates with the Associate Director of Employment Services to develop and complete the Discovery Report and Career/Vocational Plan
  • Provide other coverage, help and assistance as needed
  • Constantly maintains high performance standards at work with regard to personal behavior and interactions with staff, individuals and outside agencies
  • Complete and maintain mileage logs in a timely manner and in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Consistently complies with all Agency policies and procedures
  • Participate in agency in-services
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:


  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • High level of interpersonal skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Knowledge of behavioral techniques and developmental disabilities to assist in the care of individuals receiving services
  • Knowledge of computer and ability to utilize word processing programs
  • Possess good time management skills
  • Ability and desire to work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to work independently within the community
  • Familiarity with applicable standardized/non-standardized tests and assessment tools
  • Knowledge of current literature and trends related to the profession
  • First Aid and CPR training will be provided upon hire


Minimum: Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education or other closely related developmental disabilities field, PLUS three years full-time paid direct service experience with developmentally disabled adults.

Valid New York State driver’s license in good standing, New York automobile insurance, and a reliable motor vehicle required.

Job Benefits:

Extensive Benefits Package



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