Employment Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512251-762074
    • Job Location: Marietta, GA
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 05, 2021
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Job Description:

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


Marietta, GA

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!

Position Summary:

The Employment Specialist is responsible for placing clients in competitive employment roles. This position also plays a key role for the planning, development and implementation of the job placement service plan and providing employment services to participants served in Tommy Nobis Center programs. This position is responsible for the successful outcomes of persons served in various Tommy Nobis Center employment-related programs.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Identifies employment opportunities for clients.
  2. Works with the Rehabilitation Department staff utilizing experience-based judgment to match client skills and capabilities with varied employment opportunities.
  3. Meets with the client and his/her case manager to develop the vocational rehabilitation service plan for assigned programs including employment training goals, measures, and career planning.
  4. Meets with perspective employers for the purpose of filling and/or creating employment opportunities for clients to fulfill our mission.
  5. Job Development activities including:Plans, develops, coordinates, implements, monitors, and follows up on all employment services for individuals in various Tommy Nobis Center service programs. Provides case management and support services as needed.
    1. Assists with the completion of applications and work-related assessments.
    2. Interview preparation and practice.
    3. Transports clients to complete pre-employment drug screenings.
    4. Identifies appropriate clients for Tommy Nobis Center contracted Ability One Federal positions.
    5. Completes specific accurate monthly placement billing.
  6. Coordinates services with other Tommy Nobis Center staff and referral sources.
  7. This position is fully responsible for continuously soliciting participant input into the development, planning, and implementation of employment services.
  8. Development of career path plans in conjunction with rehabilitation service plans.
  9. Maintains confidential, timely, and accurate case records, attendance, and billing records in accordance with GVRA, CARF, Tommy Nobis Center, and all other regulatory agency requirements.
  10. Provides ongoing communication regarding participant’s progress, needs, etc. to the participant and others such as family, counselors, and other Tommy Nobis Center staff.
  11. Functions as a back-up up to the Vocational Education Specialist to provide job readiness instruction including classroom teaching for the development of work skills and work behaviors.
  12. Coordinates and conducts meetings to discuss participant progress and concerns.
  13. Implements behavioral management plans.
  14. Coordinates participants training opportunities at facility and community work sites.
  15. Conducts regular (at least monthly) participant meetings for discussion of pertinent issues or concerns.
  16. Provides referrals to other services that the participant may need and provides the follow up for these services.
  17. Monitors the productivity and progress of participants in their respective programs and provide timely and comprehensive reports to GVRA and others as required.
  18. Could serve as a participant in STEP orientation and back-up other facilitators as needed.
  19. Represents Tommy Nobis Center in agency meetings and community events, etc.
  20. Maintains good attendance record.

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

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.