Fort Worth, Dallas, Denton & Plano Resource Centers on Independent Living

EMPLOYMENT CONSULTANT – Full Time

REACH, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization serving North Texas communities in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin Counties. The mission of REACH, Inc. is to empower people with disabilities to lead self-directed lives and to promote a barrier-free community through public education and advocacy. The organization is governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities who bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to their work in assisting consumers. Each year, approximately 1,000 individuals participate in the programs and activities of REACH, Inc. Services are financed through a combination of federal, state, local, and private funds.

POSITION SUMMARY

To assist individuals with disabilities in preparing for and conducting a successful job search, to expand job skills, and establish career pathways.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  1. Utilize assessment/background information to help consumers determine their vocational interests, skills, and abilities.
  2. Develop job opportunities for consumers through contact and relationship building with a wide variety of employers in the community.
  3. Support job-seekers to understand and navigate their benefits as they work to pursue gainful employment.
  4. Conduct job search training sessions with consumers that include resume writing assistance, employment application completion assistance, interviewing skills, disability disclosure, etc.
  5. Build and maintain relationships with community organizations such as the Texas Workforce Commission and the Dallas Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and others.
  6. Maintain appropriate and up-to-date records of interactions with consumers and employers.
  7. Provide counseling and ongoing support to consumers when necessary in relation to their job search.
  8. Provide ADA technical assistance in regard to employment issues and disability awareness/sensitivity training to consumers and employers.
  9. Conduct labor market and job analyses as needed in order to represent the needs of job-seekers with disabilities to find employment.
  10. Provide technical assistance in making job site modifications as needed.
  11. Provide advocacy assistance, information, and training to consumers, staff, board members, and community representatives related to employment services.

SKILLS AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Knowledge/experience of the independent living movement and the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  2. Experience in analyzing vocational assessment reports.
  3. Experience in teaching resume writing skills, application training, interviewing skills, and resume development skills.
  4. Knowledge of and experience with current job platforms, i.e., LinkedIn, Indeed, Work In Texas, etc.
  5. Experience in composing effective resumes.
  6. Knowledge of the ADA, especially Title I.
  7. Knowledge of adaptive technology to enhance the employability of people with disabilities.
  8. Knowledge/experience in conducting a job analysis.
  9. Knowledge/experience in conducting job site accessibility surveys.
  10. Knowledge of community resources, particularly in the area of employment services.
  11. Excellent communication skills: in person, on the telephone, and in writing with a wide variety of people with and without disabilities.
  12. Demonstrated strong organizational skills.
  13. Demonstrated initiative, multi-task oriented, and a team player.
  14. Experienced in using the Internet to conduct job searches.
  15. Experienced in using the following Microsoft software: Word, Excel, & PowerPoint.
  16. Demonstrated success in conducting job development activities that lead to successful competitive, integrated employment.
  17. Demonstrated success with marketing strategies to target prospective employers.
  18. A dedicated belief that all people can make a meaningful contribution to the workforce.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING CONDITIONS

  1. Ability to address both small and large groups.
  2. Ability to work on the computer for extended periods of time.
  3. Ability to teach classes for extended periods of time on a regular basis.
  4. Ability to maneuver around all parts of the Dallas Metro area to meet with employers, attend meetings, participate in workshops, etc.
  5. Ability to communicate via the telephone with consumers, employers, and other agency professionals.
  6. Ability to physically survey a site for accessibility.
  7. Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  8. Ability to work some evenings and/or weekends on occasion in order to attend meetings, network, and conduct public relations/marketing activities.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR

The Employment Consultant will report to the Senior Services Coordinator and Executive Director.

LOCATION

This is a full-time, non-exempt employment position located at our Dallas office (8625 King George Dr. Dallas TX 75235) and is not eligible for remote or hybrid work. This role does require that a candidate have access to reliable transportation and proof of auto insurance in order to travel within our service area.

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION

REACH, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals and veterans with disabilities who have the required knowledge, experience, and skills are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Miaka Brown at employment@reachcils.org please include “Dallas Employment Consultant” in the subject line. Please include accommodation requests in your initial email. If you require additional accommodations, please call 214-630-4796.