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Vinfen CIES Employment Specialist in Hyannis, Massachusetts

##Job Description

Please note, this position is expected to cover the Greater Plymouth area through Cape Cod.

The CIES Employment Specialist (CIES ES) assists with persons served with obtaining and maintain employment and/or education consistent with their vocational goals and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The CIE ES provides direct services, job development and placement services, and referrals to vocational skill training entitities dependent on the needs and preference of persons served.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential job duties/responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the information listed below:

  • Participates as a member of Integrated Resource Team (IRT) at the direction of MRC VRC. Delivers CIES service components, as identified on the Individualized Plan for Employment targeted at job development and placement, vocational support, skills building, etc. for Person Served (PS) employment and/or educational needs, if needed.
  • Conducts job development and job search activities individualized to the preference of each person served.
  • As needed, collaborates with local CWIC services to help Person Served obtain information about their entitlements (e.g., SSI, SSDI, health insurance, etc) and how these will be affected by employment so that Person Served may make financially-informed decisions about employment opportunities.
  • Assesses Person Served vocational functioning using background information and work history.
  • Reviews Person Served preference regarding disclosure of disability status to employers, including possible costs and benefits and specifics to be disclosed. Provides assistance with job search regardless of Person Served preferences regarding disclosure (i.e., provides support without employer contact when PS chooses not to disclose).
  • Collaborates with IRT members to provide individualized wrap around and follow-along supports to assist Person Served in maintaining employment, following the preferences of the Person Served.
  • Provides education and support to employer as agreed upon by Person Served, which may included negotiating job accommodations and follow-along contact with employer.
  • With permission, provides education and support to family members/other supports about Person Served work and gathers input about their skills, interests, strengths, and ideas for support that may be needed.
  • Participates in Adult Clinical Community Support (ACCS) staff meetings to coordinate and integrate CIES vocational services with ACCS when applicable, and as needed.
  • Employees trauma informed, recovery-oriented, person-centered, culturally competent, and strengths-based approaches and skills training techniques in the work.
  • Provides thorough, thoughtful, and timely documentation and data collection for all Persons Served using prescribed MRC forms and practice.
  • Participates as member of Employment Specialist Community of Practice Workgroup led by Employment Services Director for continuous professional role competency development, mentoring, and learning.
  • Participates in regional Employment Collaborative Job Developer Network meetings.
  • Assists Person Served to access assistive technology and adaptive equipment to enhance their employment skills.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.

Response to Covid-19

Vinfen continues to follow the guidelines determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Vinfen leadership along with Vinfen's medical staff are closely monitoring the pandemic on a daily basis and make decisions that are best for the safety and well-being of the Vinfen community.

Our response to promote safety during the coronavirus includes:

  • Hiring process conducted via virtual and phone interviews
  • Virtual New Employee Orientation and Virtual Training
  • Work from home arrangements available for eligible positions
  • Laptop and iPhone provided for eligible positions
  • Increased sanitation measures in all programs and group homes
  • Weekly virtual wellness and virtual group gatherings scheduled to maintain sense of community with team members
  • PPE provided to all positions working closely with others

Why Vinfen? We are committed to you! We offer great training, great benefits, career growth and job security!

Our comprehensive and generous benefits package includes:

  • A fully funded, employer-sponsored retirement plan that requires no employee contribution as well as an employee-funded 403(b) plan
  • First-rate Medical, Dental and Vision plans that are open all employees scheduled to work 30 hours per week or more. Plus, we offer a generous employer contribution toward the cost of medical insurance!
  • Employer-paid Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability Insurance (no cost to you!)
  • Employer-paid Short-Term Disability Insurance along with the option to purchase additional, voluntary, Short-Term disability insurance
  • Flexible Spending Reimbursement Accounts (Health and Dependent care) Voluntary Term, Whole Life, Accident and Critical Care Insurance
  • Generous paid time off (Employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week):
  • 15 vacation days per year
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • 10 sick days per year
  • 3 personal days per year
  • Educational Assistance and Remission Programs
  • $500 Employee Referral Bonus with no annual cap!
  • Other generous benefits including discounted YMCA memberships, access to discounted movie tickets and more!

Founded in 1977, for 40 years Vinfen has been a leading nonprofit human services organization that "transforms lives" by building the capacity of individuals, families, organizations and communities to learn, thrive and achieve their goals. Vinfen supports thousands of adolescents and adults with psychiatric, developmental and behavioral disabilities at more than 200 sites with 2,800 employees in eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut.

My Vinfen. My Community. My Job.

Vinfen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


  • A minimum of a high school diploma, a Bachelor's degree in Human Services or related field strongly preferred
  • Experience in vocational rehabilitation programs preferred
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of best practices of Supported Employment
  • Knowledge of Person Served engagement and career exploration strategies
  • Knowledge of recovery-oriented, person-centered, and strengths-based values and principles


Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

POSITION TYPE: Full time - Regular

Pay Rate: $41,000 / year

City: Hyannis

State: Massachusetts