Employment Specialist – Work Therapy Assistant

Minnesota Department of Human Services
September 20, 2022
Austin, MN
Job Type


Job Class: Work Therapy Assistant

Working Title: Employment Specialist

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 09/20/2022
  • Closing Date: 09/26/2022
  • Hiring Agency: Department of Human Services
  • Division/Unit: Direct Care & Treatment/MSOCS CES Austin
  • Work Shift: Rotating (May include days, evenings and weekends)
  • Work Hours: Varies
  • Days of Work: Varies
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $20.41 - $26.89/hourly
  • Job Class Option: None
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

Candidates may be eligible for hiring bonus up to $2500!

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking qualified and enthusiastic individuals to join our Community Based Services within the Direct Care & Treatment (DCT) Division of the agency.

This posting is for a rotating, part-time, at least 30 hours a week position. May include days, evenings and weekends. This position is located in Austin, MN.

The Employment Specialist develops and coordinates community work assessments, Customized Employment, obtains and maintains employment opportunities for individuals referred to the program by Vocational Rehabilitation Services, school districts, or individuals attending CBS/MSOCS Vocational Programs. Individuals referred have varying abilities and disabilities including, but not limited to, cognitive/intellectual disabilities, mental illness, brain injury and physical disabilities. This position will use their professional expertise and training to contribute to program development and design. This position also assists the program to meet Department of Labor, MN state licensing and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards

Responsibilities Include:
-Obtaining and setting up sites in the community for work assessments, job try-outs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.

-Completing the Customized Employment process with individuals.

-Assist program participants in finding, obtaining, teaching, and on-going support with community jobs.

-Act as a liaison between local businesses (employers) and program participants for community based employment opportunities.
-Facilitate problem resolution among individuals, families, case managers, community members, staff and others so that supports can be coordinated and individuals can achieve their optimum success..

**Working for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Direct Care & Treatment division PAYS!

When you start a career with us, you may also be eligible for:

  • $2500 Hiring Bonus!
  • $50 bonus for voluntarily working days off and weekends
  • Annual pay increases
  • Tuition reimbursement for courses related to the work of DHS
  • Student loan reimbursement for eligible positions


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Current and valid driver's license
  • Basic math skills sufficient to add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Clear communication skills to understand and communicate complex employment services with community members, employers and teams.
  • Basic computer skills sufficient to create word documents, receive and respond to email
  • Ability to read and write English
  • A minimum of one-year experience implementing training/employment programs for individuals who have cognitive/intellectual disabilities, mental illness, chemical dependency, physical disability, brain injury and/or displaced workers.
  • And/or one year experience in an employment field and/or working with the disability population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge, training/certification/education, and/or implementation of Customized Employment.
  • Experience working with Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  • Experience finding resources involving assistive technology to maintain successful employment.
  • Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

REFERENCE/BACKGROUND CHECKS -The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and criminal background check prior to appointment

Application Details

Why Work For Us

You owe it to yourself to check out the exciting and rewarding careers available statewide in Direct Care and Treatment, the behavioral health care system operated by the Department of Human Services.

As a member of our team, you will help support patients and clients with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, chemical dependency and other behavioral health conditions. From doctors, nurses and other direct care staff to facility and operations positions to office and administrative support roles, we've got excellent opportunities at nearly 200 locations throughout Minnesota. Our mission-focused work positively impacts the lives of over 12,000 Minnesotans each year.

The meaningful career you've been waiting for is just a click away. Go ahead, do yourself a favor. Make the next step in your journey #DCTCareers!

We invest in our employees by providing competitive compensation and excellent, comprehensive benefits including low cost medical, dental and vision insurance, employer-paid life insurance, pension and tax-deferred compensation plans, generous vacation and sick leave and 12 paid holidays each year. Many positions are eligible for a hiring bonus, tuition assistance, and even relocation expenses. For more information about #DCTCareers visit our website: https://mn.gov/dhs/dct-careers/

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The Department of Human Services is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 .

For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers .

CERTAIN DISABLED VETERANS: Effective August 1, 2012, legislation provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if they: 1) meet service requirements and have a verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and 3) meet all Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation before the closing date.


If you have questions about the position, contact Melissa Thompson at Melissa.thompson@state.mn.us

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please email your certificate and the Job posting ID number to sandra.perna@state.mn.us by the position close date.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an ADA accommodation for an interview, you may contact the Department of Human Services' ADA Coordinator at 651-431-4945 or DHS_ADA@state.mn.us for assistance.


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us . Please indicate what assistance you need.

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