Vocational Specialist – Work Skills Supervisor- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (Bi-Lingual English/ASL)

Berkeley, Part-Time

This position has been filled.

  • Reports to: Assistant Director, Employment Services
  • Supervises: Vocational Specialists
  • Status / Level: Non-Exempt
  • Purpose: Responsible for individual and/or group vocational counseling for a caseload of adults with disabilities. Assess the language and vocational skills of deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and provide language and vocational skills training that prepare them for employment.


Client Support Functions

  • Train and support people with disabilities on the job site ensuring the individual is as independent as possible performing his/her job duties, communicating effectively with hearing, deaf and hard of hearing clients.  
  • Provide HR-related support between individual with a disability and Toolworks’ Human Resources
  • Provide training and support with issues that may impact job readiness and performance including: travel training, money management, and other supports
  • Provide ongoing case management for clients ensuring the access to generic resources as needed
  • Provide instruction regarding client rights and self-advocacy
  • Maintain positive business relationships with management/owners of businesses where clients are placed to ensure ongoing satisfaction of Toolworks’ services; Perform quality control inspections of work sites as needed.
  • Develop assessment tools and language and vocational skills training curriculum suited for deaf and hard of hearing adults and conducts assessment.  Provides direct instruction as needed, individually or in a classroom setting.
  • Coordinate with job developers to work on pre-employment skills, such as resume writing, mock interviews, appearance.
  • Supervises reporting Vocational Specialists and provides direction to assigned client employees.

Administrative Functions

  • Monitors client’s progress in case notes, goal tracking, and develops Individual Service Plans
  • Complete Special Incident Reports as needed
  • Complete all HR-related documents as needed and all other assigned paperwork
  • Keeps First Aid/CPR current

Organizational (all staff)

  • Participate in staff meetings, trainings and retreats as required
  • Comply with current agency performance standards
  • Report changes in criminal or employment status on a timely basis
  • Represent the organization to visitors and the community as needed
  • Maintain a professional attitude, working cooperatively with other staff, clients and members of the community
  • Maintain confidentiality of client/staff information as required by law and agency policy
  • Treat clients and co-workers with dignity and respect

Other duties as required

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

Education and Experience Requirement:

  • B.A. in Special Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with adults with disabilities required, preferably in a community setting.

Skills requirement:

  • American Sign Language required
  • Fluent report writing skills
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to meet client needs
  • Able to recognize unusual or threatening conditions related to persons with disabilities
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Strong time management skills, patient, detail oriented
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

Program requirements:

  • Fingerprint background check (Child Abuse Index, Criminal Record Clearance)

First Aid/CPR certification required (within 30 days)