Posted 06/14/2018

The Student HireAbility Navigator will improve access to employment and training services and increase employment opportunities for students with disabilities who are in the early phases of preparing for the transition to post-secondary education and employment. This position will serve as a resource to support, expand, and enhance the provision of pre-employment transition services that are provided by TWC-Vocational Rehabilitation as well as by the other partners and programs. By working in capacity building and systems development; partnering and collaboration; and informing and engaging employers, the Navigator will increase the likelihood of students’ independence and inclusion in communities and competitive integrated workplaces, and their successful participation in post-secondary education experiences.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Increase community and system awareness of the resources and activities available to students with disabilities by providing job/career exploration counseling; work-based learning experiences—may be in school or after school opportunities, including internships, provided in an integrated environment; counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs at institutions of higher education; workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with the independent school districts (ISDs) and Education Service Centers (ESCs) in the workforce development area to promote awareness and availability of pre-employment transition services and Workforce Solutions resources to schools, parents, and students.
  • Promote the use of career exploration, post-secondary education planning, and work readiness tools available through TWC’s Labor Market and Career Information Department.
  • Foster collaborative partnerships with Workforce Solutions and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) staff, and local education agencies, parents and students with disabilities, employers, and community partners in order to develop effective and innovative strategies to improve the transition to post-secondary activities of students who are members of unserved and underserved populations, and expand or enhance the provision of the five required pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities in the workforce development area.
  • Develop and/or disseminate information and resources to Workforce Solutions and VR staff, local education agencies, employers, community partners, parents, and students.
  • Convene and/or attend workgroups, committees, coalitions, and cross-agency teams to foster system and community coordination of pre-employment transition services and activities for students with disabilities.
  • Provide information, training, and technical assistance to Workforce Solutions and VR staff, school districts, Education Service Centers, community partners, and employers regarding resources and activities available to assist students with disabilities to transition successfully to postsecondary education, employment, or both.
  • Develop and coordinate events, campaigns, and other activities to increase and foster student and family awareness of and access to pre-employment transition services provided by local VR offices, school districts, Education Service Centers, other Workforce Solutions programs, and community partners and resources.
  • Information Sharing and Employer Engagement in coordination with Workforce Solutions and VR staff by organizing events and activities to share information and increase employers’ understanding of the abilities of students with disabilities; providing training and/or resources to increase employers’ awareness of disability etiquette and accommodations for students with disabilities and collaborate with local business development staff and partner agencies to develop work-based learning opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment, apprenticeships, and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year.
  • Ensure that resources and materials developed are available in accessible formats and work with Workforce Solutions and VR staff to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available and provided as requested for parent and student participation.
    Complete and submit reports, including a three-year action plan, as required ensuring compliance with federal, state and privacy laws are followed.

Required Skills

  • Ability to read literature, books, reviews, scientific or technical journals, abstracts, financial reports, and/or legal documents. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Ability to deal with a system of real numbers; practical application of fractions, percentages, ratios/proportions and measurement. Ordinarily, such education is obtained in high school up to college. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Ability to write editorials, journals, speeches, manuals, or critiques. Ordinarily, such education is obtained at the college level or above. However, it may be obtained from experience and self-study.
  • Ability to adhere to specific procedures, but determine priorities and organizes work. Ability to perform the assignment after receiving general instructions as to methods, procedures and desired end results. Able to use discretion when making decisions among a few easily identifiable choices.
  • Ability to work well with others–helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns or temporary employees.
  • Able to analyze and show sound judgment in accomplishing diversified duties, and exemplify independent thinking within the limits of policies, standards, and precedents.
  • Ability to receive and provide advice to others on specific issues and/or general policies. Able to consider different points of view to reach agreement and elements of persuasion may be necessary to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas.
  • Requires comprehensive skills in approaches and systems, practical knowledge of a technical field with the use of analytical judgment and decision-making abilities appropriate to the work environment of the Agency.

Required Experience

  • Work requires broad knowledge in a general professional or technical field. Knowledge is normally acquired through four years of college resulting in a Bachelor’s degree.
  • 3-5 years of substantial work experience (a minimum of 3 years) in the fields of education, vocational rehabilitation, workforce development programs, human services programs, or non-profit organizations serving students or persons with disabilities preferred.
  • Valid state issued driver’s license and must have own reliable transportation.

FLSA: Exempt

NCTCOG is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All candidates must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and a national criminal background check in order to receive an employment offer from NCTCOG.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments participates in the federal E-Verify program in order to verify a new employee’s authorization to work in the United States. Applicants must be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

Job postings are kept open for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may close anytime thereafter at the discretion of the hiring manager.

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Position Type

Regular / Full Time

Salary

$48,278-84,479

Location

North Central Texas Council of Governments, Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX, USA