Community and Employment Services Employment Specialist

Highline Community College   Des Moines, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on March 14, 2023
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General Summary

This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Priority consideration for application received by April 9, 2023.

The Employment Consultant facilitates and provides an array of pre & post-employment services for a wide range of individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities.   The Employment Consultant assesses each student’s skills and talents, develops and implements service plans, builds relationships with community employers, and assists in securing employment opportunities that match both student and business goals.  They also work with students on job sites to help train both students and employers on effective communication techniques, accommodations, and development of natural supports in the workplace. Employment Consultants collaborate with residential supports, families and funding agencies, such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), King County Developmental Disabilities (KCDDD), and local school districts to ensure employment success.  Employment Consultants actively promote and support a workforce and community strengthened through a commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

This position is a salaried overtime-eligible, at-will, full-time position.

Essential Tasks

Reporting to a Team Coordinator, this position will:

  • Provide job readiness instruction and person-centered planning support to assist student in identification of a career plan including employment goals, education, training and transportation;
  • Promote and support student-directed and student-led job search, job acquisition, job training, and follow-along services;
  • Marketing outreach and training to local employers;
  • Promote awareness and understanding of disabilities and workplace accommodations;
  • Support students to reevaluate job goals and advance career;
  • Collaborate and communicate with a variety of stakeholders to meet program outcomes;
  • Work collaboratively with coworkers in the planning, and support of student employment opportunities;
  • Meet all departmental requirements for reporting, case notes, and record keeping
  • Participate in staff meetings and professional development opportunities

Ability to:

  • Perform tasks that require physical ability including pushing, stretching and lifting;
  • Support individuals with mobility devices such as walkers, scooters and wheelchairs;
  • Travel within the region;
  • Implement and follow policies and procedures;
  • Work effectively in a diverse work environment;
  • Handle multiple work assignments and work effectively with a team;
  • Work a flexible schedule that includes evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed;
  • Pass a required background check.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities with a variety of support needs;
  • Strong oral, written, and visual communication skills;
  • Proficiency with computerized information/software relevant to the position, including Microsoft Office, Outlook and web based navigation and research;
  • Creative and innovative contributor to organizational and individual objectives;
  • Must have a Washington State Driver’s license and good driving record;
  • Community outreach and/or volunteerism;
  • Experience with marketing, and outreach to businesses and community based organizations;
  • Experience promoting inclusion by setting up meaningful opportunities to assist in identifying interests and building skills, participation in person centered planning;
  • Demonstrated experience, communication with or providing service to diverse stakeholders.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in a behavioral science; 


  • Associate of Arts Degree; AND
  • 2 years experience in the social/human services field; 


  • Equivalent experience/education.


  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, yet able to work as a team member;
  • Ability to interface and communicate with local employers and maintain a professional image;
  • Experience in an employment field related to job development, carving, and coaching;
  • able to speak and understand languages other than English, including ASL (American Sign Language);
  • Must share in and advocate for diversity and for individuals with disabilities to be seen as contributing members in the workforce.


Supplemental Information


Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students –– a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion and social justice, with core goals of student attainment, diversity, community Engagement and sustainability. The student body at Highline College is made up of Transfer students, Running Start students, Professional- Technical students, International students, Comprehensive Transition Program for students with intellectual disabilities, Adult Basic Education and English Language Learners. In addition, we offer six bachelor of applied science, four-year degrees.

As an essential part of our mission and vision, diversity, equity and inclusion are promoted and fostered in all aspects of college life.

Your online application must include the following to be considered complete:
1. A detailed resume that addresses the MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS of the position;
2. A letter of application/cover letter (two-page maximum, recommended) that addresses your ability to meet the QUALIFICATIONS, and KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES for the
3. A one-page response to the Supplemental Question.


  • National Criminal Background Check may be required.


Should you have any difficulties uploading your documents or navigating the application process, please contact NEOGOV Technical Support at 1-855-524- 5627, Monday - Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00PM Pacific Time.

Highline College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status.

The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodations in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (206) 592-3812. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Highline College complies with Title IX regulations. For details on our policies, see our website

The College appointing authorities reserve the right and may exercise the option to make an employment decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.