Community Employment Planner

  • Job Tracking ID: 512714-710780
  • Job Location: Buffalo, NY
  • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: November 08, 2019
  • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP

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Job Description:


The Community Employment Planner under supervision, is responsible for coordinating the service activities, integrating components of the rehabilitation service plan and monitoring implementation against specified objectives; provides direct services as specified in service plan, and performs other related duties as assigned


Direct Services

  • Organizes and conducts team meeting to make recommendation to Team Leader of Community Prevocational Services on individuals receiving services ("individuals") appropriateness for services and level and type of care
  • Assures that assessment of individual functioning and potential for vocational, social and daily living skills is carried out to identify individual needs, including social network, and supportive services needs
  • Coordinates with Care Coordinators, family and care providers to assess and determine services and to develop specific service plan; may perform evaluation duties, as necessary
  • Collects previous assessment data from other agencies, as necessary
  • Based on assessment, develops person centered plan for individuals needing social and vocational training, including priorities, objectives, methods, techniques, time frames, alternatives, determination of supportive services required and extent of social network
  • Provides direct services as indicated in person centered plan including individual and group training, supportive and behavioral consultation to individual’s Care Cooordinator for referral and linkage; employment related skill development and activities of daily employment skills
  • Determines need for additional services outside the Agency in consultation with Associate Director of Employment Services and provides recommendations for referral and linkage to other services as needed
  • Provides assessment data and records to other agencies, as requested, and gives signed consents, assuring adherence to confidentiality, regulations and policies
  • Maintains required service, statistical and administrative records for assigned individuals, including Monthly and Semi-monthly productivity rates and earnings in accordance with Agency and regulatory standards
  • Participates in staff meetings, group conferences and in-service training and community educational activities

Case Management

  • Schedules and participates in multi-disciplinary meetings and participates in initial, annual, semi-annual or as needed Life Plan meetings and maintains communication with family, care providers, ACCES - VR counselors, Care Coordinators and other service and care providers as applicable to individual’s service plan
  • Develops and regularly assesses staff action plan and progress through program observation and team meetings in order to reach decision on revision of staff action plan, intervention strategies, termination of service, or referral to other program, for approval by Team Leader of Community Prevocational Services
  • Recommends assignment of rehabilitation programs based on general service plan, for approval by Team Leader of Community Prevocational Services, consistent with individual’s Life Plan
  • Reviews Life Plan, vocational, community pre-vocational and ACCES-VR sponsored plans and integrates all components in the staff action plan, including skill acquisitions, staff supports, methods, time frames, and alternatives
  • Recommends to Vocational Trainer the appropriate level and type of activities based on staff action plan
  • Implements skill acquisitions and staff supports according to the individual’s valued outcomes as indicated in the Life Plan
  • Works with Vocational Trainers to monitor implementation of rehabilitation service plan, revises staff action plan as needed and monitors implementation of all service activities for assigned individuals
  • Provides in a timely manner, all documentation for Community Pre-Voc programs in accordance with Agency and regulatory requirements, including case notes as events occur, monthly notes, program plans and safeguards
  • Obtains all necessary medical information during individuals’ service plan meetings, or as needed to ensure safety and welfare of individual and documents and implements appropriate safeguards. In addition, requests and obtains all pertinent follow-up reports for procedure and/or referred consultation
  • Meets with and may provide consultation to Vocational Trainer regarding the individuals performance, progress, concerns and skill development
  • Maintains individual case files for assigned individuals and documents individual’s work and program performance including productivity, skill development, ADLs, behavioral, social and personal concerns. Assures records are sent to the Service Support Specialist for filing and kept current for Life Plans, medical, Community Pre-Voc, and other services
  • Assists Team Leader of Community Prevocational Services in establishing and maintaining working relationships with community services, referral agencies, and support services in order to assure the provision of comprehensive, appropriate, person-centered services to individuals.
  • Coordinates with Coordinator of SEMP to develop a referral packet to ACCES-VR or SEMP.
  • Provides other coverage, help and assistance as needed.
  • Participates in professional development, community and inter-agency committees to remain current on changing trends and program requirements.
  • Consistently complies with all Agency policies and procedures.
  • Constantly maintains high performance standards at work with regard to personal behavior and interactions with staff, individuals and outside agencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience and Skills:


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


Preferred: Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling or other closely related developmental disabilities or human services field, PLUS one year full-time paid direct service experience with developmentally disabled

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

Valid New York State Driver’s License in good standing. Means of reliable transportation is required to attend off-site meetings throughout the day

Job Benefits:

Extensive Benefits Package, including:

  • Paid Time Off
  • Holidays
  • Health & Dental Insurances
  • 401(k)
  • and more!



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