Vocational Guidance Services is looking to hire Job Coaches for assignments in Lorain County. Job Coaching responsibilities include working with newly hired participants, to help them adapt to a new worksite, and to be a liaison between the employer and the individual. Participants will be learning entry level tasks in industries such as food service, dietary, custodial and retail.
We are hiring Job Coaches for our Summer Youth Program, working with youth between 16-18 years old, as well as our year round programming working with adults. The Summer Youth Program will begin June 24th and will last for 6 weeks. The shift will be from 8:30am – 2:00pm.
Job Coaching assignments for adult programming are year round and will average 20 hours per week. Assignments can extend beyond normal agency hours and may be available on weekends as necessitated.
Job Coaches are assigned to one primary site and shift. Locations vary from Westlake to Euclid.
Provide training in the custodial field for participants referred through CCBDD. Assist individuals with the development of appropriate job-keeping behaviors, task analysis, skills to complete specific job tasks, natural supports, and the identification and implementation of reasonable accommodations at the job site. Assist the program supervisor in the development of an Individualized Success Plan for each participant. Implement the success plans and provide necessary supports to aid participants in achieving measurable objectives. Provide accurate and timely reports as required. Instruct and demonstrate how to complete custodial tasks. Be available to answer questions and provide feedback for the participants.
Responsible for providing training in the custodial field for VGS participants referred by CCBDD, assisting individuals with the development of appropriate job-keeping behaviors, task analysis, skills to complete specific job tasks, natural supports, and the identification and implementation of reasonable accommodations at the job site. Job coaches assist the program supervisor in the development of an Individualized Success Plan for each participant, and are responsible for implementing the success plans to aid participants in achieving measurable objectives. Job coaches implement the appropriate positive behavior interventions and support techniques to enhance each individual’s success.
Job Coaches are responsible for providing a variety of services for clients including but not limited to developing appropriate job keeping behaviors, task analysis, development of skills to complete specific job tasks, development of natural supports and the identification and implementation of reasonable accommodations at the job site. Assist clients in the development of an individualized success plan to aid them in achieving measurable objectives. Act as an advocate for the client on the job site and provide employers with information on effectively working with individuals with disabilities. Implement appropriate positive behavior interventions and support techniques to enhance the client’s success. Provide clients with travel training services to aid them in their vocational success. Job Coach services may extend beyond normal agency business hours, 8:00-4:30, and on weekends as necessitated per assignment. Schedule is flexible based on the Job Coach’s availability. Position schedule will vary in total hours and daily shift, however 20 hrs per week average is expected to start but may range from 0 – 40.
Repair and maintain power sewing machinery including Beisler, Eastlex, Assyst Bullmer Cutting System and Gelman, and production machines and equipment. Maintain and service equipment per manufacturers’ requirements. Observe mechanical devices in operation and listen to their sound to locate causes of trouble. Dismantle devices to gain access to and remove defective parts. Examine form and texture of parts to detect imperfections. Adjust functional parts of devices and control instruments. Install special functional and structural parts in devices. Lubricates and cleans parts. Oversee parts inventory. Repairs electrical equipment. Provide routine maintenance to process boiler in Power Sewing Department. Prepare program participants entering the Power Sewing training program with the basic understanding of how the sewing equipment operates.
Responsible for assisting the General Manager in the operation of the Production Sewing Department and Contract Shop East, West and Columbus with a combined annual sales of approximately $3 million. Assist with supervision of 7 direct staff and 60+ hourly employees. Responsible for contract procurement and developing positive relationships with customers. Procure contracts that ensure steady workflow and the department’s financial viability. Prepare bids, process specifications, test and progress reports, and other exhibits that may be required. Negotiate contract with customer or bidder. Requests or approves amendments to or extensions of contracts. Ensure that all production schedules and quality standards are met. This includes production planning, cut planning management and shop loading schedules that support shipping requirements. Inspect for quality and control of contracts and is responsible for insuring quality meets/exceeds customer parameters. Purchase program/contract supplies and equipment. Responsible for accurate and timely billing of products provided. Maintain appropriate records to assure financial accountability. Within 6-7 years must be able to potentially assume the position of General Manager.
Vocational Guidance Services is proud to support and celebrate
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!
This year’s NDEAM theme is: A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce–What Can YOU Do?
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and all stakeholders of Vocational Guidance Services are encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/. Suggestions range from simple–such as putting up a poster–to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.
Click on the link below for more information from the U.S. Department of Labor.
David Ogletree is a Final Inspection Processor in the Power Sewing Division of Vocational Guidance Services (VGS) in Cleveland, Ohio. Early in his life, David was diagnosed with autism. David’s autism has presented him with many challenges, particularly in dealing with social interactions and his ability to maintain employment. But David was determined to overcome his barriers in order to earn his own paycheck and live an independent life. He committed himself to his training and his work at VGS. David works in a large and noise-filled production area and has taken steps to make himself more comfortable, and therefore more productive, in this environment that is so challenging for him.
Through the AbilityOne program, VGS produces 100% of the women’s dress slacks for the United States Army and Navy, and the vast majority for the Marine Corps. VGS is proud to hold these prestigious contracts, and the employees in the Power Sewing Division take a special pride in their work supporting our armed forces. As a Final Inspection Processor in the Power Sewing Department, David has to be able to meet VGS’ and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps’ high quality standards. It is a high-profile position and one for which David trained intensively. David strives for continuous improvement in his work and is committed to being a dependable employee. When David came to VGS, he was able to set personal goals for himself. As a result of his experience working at VGS through the AbilityOne program, he is able to continuously work to achieve those goals.
In May, David was honored at the NISH National Conference in Orlando, FL as the 2010 William M. Usdane National Award winner. The William M. Usdane Award is presented each year to an individual with severe disabilities who has exhibited outstanding achievement and exceptional character as an employee in the AbilityOne Program. The award is named for the late William M. Usdane, former Assistant Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), who worked tirelessly on behalf of people with disabilities. Attending the conference was a special experience for David; he had always been uncomfortable in crowds and speaking publicly, but his moving speech at the conference was a huge success for him and was met with a standing ovation.
David Ogletree serves as an example to other consumers at VGS, especially those who live with autism and experience many of the same challenges. David’s success proves that with the proper supports in place, persons with severe disabilities can be successful in all their endeavors. Through hard work and critical supports David been able to achieve a successful balance in his work life that was not previously possible for him. David now has the tools to assist him in achieving a fulfilling life and he looks forward to a brighter future.
At age 19, Charles Slone sustained a severe traumatic brain injury when he was run over by a front-end loader at work. The accident also resulted in multiple orthopedic and internal injuries, contusions, and lacerations. Since the accident, Charles has required an enormous amount of medical and rehabilitative treatment, including 22 surgeries. He was unable to work at all for almost 10 years, and there were times during those years that Charles thought his life was basically over. In 2007 Charles came to VGS for work adjustment, training, and placement services and was placed in a job in the mailroom at the IRS-Cleveland Center. This job has been the affirmation of recovery that has in fact saved Charles’ life by giving him a sense of worth and accomplishment again. While he has suffered some pain management and endurance issues due to his physical disabilities, Charles has gained the self-confidence and the perseverance to meet those challenges head on and carry on with his work every day.
Through his hard work with VGS, Charles was able to re-enter the workforce after 10 long years of trying to get his health back and not being able to work. The job opportunity he was given at the IRS through VGS’ Social Enterprise has enabled Charles to provide financial stability for himself and his family and has allowed him to regain his self-esteem. Charles is once again contributing his time, his talent, and his amazing positive outlook to others. He always has a cheerful attitude toward his work, he consistently exhibits outstanding customer service and organizational skills, he has an excellent attendance record, and he has achieved superb job knowledge over the last three years. With his exceptional work ethic, Charles is a valued part of the IRS mailroom team and sets a fine example for others as someone who chooses to focus on his abilities rather than his disabilities.
Charles says he’s grateful for his work—a truly amazing sentiment when you consider all he’s been through. He loves being able to take care of his family, especially his newborn baby girl. Charles is making his brighter future a reality!
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