Academy - Employment Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512251-868702
    • Job Location: Marietta, GA
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 20, 2023
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Job Description:




$20- $25/HOUR

Tommy Nobis Center Mission: Empowering People Through Employment

Vision: Tommy Nobis Center envisions supportive communities where people with disabilities are afforded the opportunity to work.

Would you like to join our award-winning culture and establish a meaningful career in the nonprofit world?

Tommy Nobis Center offers you an opportunity to work for an organization that has been recognized as one of the Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation as well as being recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a Top Workplace in Atlanta!

In addition to competitive pay and benefits, Tommy Nobis Center offers generous timeoff policies.

Position Summary:

The Employment Specialist for The Academy at Tommy Nobis Center will be an integral part of an exciting new program being implemented to provide accelerated vocational education, training, and employment to young adults with disabilities who are transitioning out of High School and into the work environment. This position plays a key role for the planning, development and implementation of the job placement service plan and providing employment services to participants served through The Academy at Tommy Nobis Center. This position is responsible for placing clients in competitive employment roles and the successful outcomes of persons served.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and manages community partnership for participant internship locations and employment.
  • Works with participants to identify preferred internship and employment opportunities.
  • Meets with perspective employers for the purpose of filling and/or creating employment opportunities for participants to fulfill our mission
  • Serves as an advocate and ally for persons with disabilities by educating the community regarding The Academy.
  • Works with the Academy staff utilizing experience-based judgment to match participant skills and capabilities with varied internship and employment opportunities.
  • Meets with the participant and their family to develop the individualized service plan for developing employment goals, measures, and career planning.
  • Conduct Job Development activities including:
  1. Assisting with the completion of applications and work-related assessments.
  2. Interview preparation and practice.
  3. Assisting in initial transportation needs for purpose of completing applications, interviews, and general on-boarding with internship/employment site.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates, implements, monitors, and follows up on all employment services for participants. Provides case management and support services as needed.
  • Coordinates services with other Tommy Nobis Center staff and referral sources.
  • This position is fully responsible for continuously soliciting participant input into the development, planning, and implementation of employment services.
  • Maintains confidential, timely, and accurate documentation regarding attendance, progress, and billing records in accordance with GVRA, CARF, Tommy Nobis Center, and all other regulatory agency requirements.
  • Provides ongoing communication regarding participant’s progress, needs, etc. to the participant and others such as family, counselors, and other Tommy Nobis Center staff.
  • Functions as a back-up up to the Academy Instructor to provide job readiness instruction including classroom teaching for the development of work skills and work behaviors.
  • Coordinates and conducts meetings to discuss participant progress and/or concerns.
  • Coordinates participants internship opportunities at community work sites.
  • Participates in regular participant meetings for discussion of pertinent issues or concerns.
  • Represents Tommy Nobis Center in agency meetings and community events, etc.

Tommy Nobis Center is a Veteran Friendly Employer

Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation or other related field with 2 years related experience, or
  • Associates Degree in Rehabilitation or other related field with 5 years related experience, or
  • 7 or more years of work experience in a related field.


  • Experience in rehabilitation or related field in program management (see requirement above).
  • Sales, networking or business development experience.


  • Mission driven, guided by core values and a pleasure to work with.
  • Outgoing.
  • Able to converse and build business relationships.
  • Must pass drug screen and background check.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States.

Core Competencies:

Leadership At Every Level

Promotes organizational mission and goals and shows the way to achieve them.

Results Focus & Initiative

Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how best to achieve them. Gets the job done.

Ethics & Integrity

Earns others’ trust and respect through consistent honesty and professionalism in all interactions.

Decision Making & Judgment

Makes timely, informed decisions that take into account the facts, goals, constraints, and risks.

Relationship Building

Builds constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual respect.

Mediating Disputes

Helps others resolve complex or sensitive disagreements and conflicts.

Customer Focus

Builds and maintains customer satisfaction with the products and services offered by the organization.

Special Skills/Abilities:


  • High level of interpersonal skills required to develop and maintain effective working relationship with staff, participants, other agencies and professionals.

Written Communications:

  • Strong written communication skills required to maintain quality documentation and effectively communicate with a broad range of individuals and agencies.


  • Ability to analyze data and develop strategies/plans to overcome obstacles and problems.

Oral Communications:

  • Ability to communicate and present information informally and formally to agencies, committees, participants, professionals and employees.


  • Ability to motivate clients and provide good example of work habits.


  • Strong organizational skills needed to prioritize all aspects of work load.


  • Strong problem solving skills required to develop strategies to overcome obstacles and problems.


  • Personal computer, printer, copier, fax machine, adding machine, and telephone.

Other Qualifications or Requirements:

Mental Effort:

  • Ability to deal with statistical data accurately and timely. Ability to use strong interpersonal skills in meeting the needs of our participants to establish positive relationships with Tommy Nobis Center employees.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand intermittently and lift up to 20 pounds occasionally. Ability to use vocational assessment tools.
  • Local travel to community work sites, employers, training facilities, etc.

Visual Effort:

  • Well-lit office environment.
  • Office environment maintaining adequate working conditions.


  • Follows all prescribed safety regulations to diminish accidents.
  • Understanding of OSHA safety requirements.
  • Knowledge of evacuation procedures and the whereabouts of exits and fire extinguishers.
  • Immediately report circumstances you consider may present a hazard to yourself and others.
  • Report any accident whether minor or major.


This job description is not designed to cover or contain comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. They may be subject to change at any time.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Tommy Nobis Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Drugs Don’t Work worksite and a participant in e-Verify.