Outreach Specialist - location:Madison, WI
Center for Students with Disabilities
Outreach Specialist - location: Madison, WI
Center for Students wtih Disabilities
This position is responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating, and supporting programs that serve to improve the employment outcomes and community integration for youth and adults with severe disabilities that are eligible for public support, including Social Security Disability and Medicaid. This position is responsible for identification, analysis and planning for DHS disability employment policy reform in the Department. This includes research and gathering data on national and statewide trends to educate the Department in creating policy that will lead to integrated employment for people with disabilities. The position provides consultation and technical assistance for Family Care, IRIS, County Waiver, CLST, Mental Health, employment providers, advocacy groups, participants and guardians on integrated employment services; collaborates across Divisions and Departments to improve integrated employment outcomes in long term care; communicates with Department staff and management, other state agencies including DWD, DPI, UW, federal, county, tribal and municipal governments, MCOs, IRIS, Children’s waivers, and general public on employment related issues.
•Be part of a team with the focus and priority to increase the number of youth and adults with disabilities in paid integrated employment.
•Provide consultation and technical assistance for Family Care, IRIS, County Waiver, CLST, Mental Health, employment providers, advocacy groups, participants and guardians on integrated employment services.
•Communicate with Department staff and management, other state agencies including DWD, DPI, UW, federal, county, tribal and municipal governments, MCOs, IRIS, Children’s waivers, and general public on employment related issues.
•Provide resources on best practices to increase Integrated Employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities.
•Communicate and collaborate with stakeholder groups throughout the state and within the Department on trends and service delivery that will increase opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain Integrated Employment.
•Collaborate across Divisions within the State to improve integrated employment outcomes in Long Term Care.
•Collaborate across state departments within DHS and externally in developing services that lead youth and adults with all disabilities into integrated employment.
•Comply with all confidentiality regulations state, UW System and UW-Whitewater
•Collaborate with the Family Care, IRIS, Community Options Program, Community Integration Program and Children’s Long-Term Support waiver programs staff within DLTC to increase opportunities for program participants to engage in integrated work experiences
•Prepare resource memos and documents to share with stakeholders with expectations and clear definitions of services that lead to integrated employment outcomes.
•Research and gather data on national and statewide trends to educate Department in creating policy that will lead to employment for people with disabilities.
•Design and evaluate programs that assist individuals with disabilities to meet their employment goals within Family Care, IRIS and legacy waiver counties.
•Bachelor’s Degree in disability, social work, vocational rehabilitation or related field required with two years minimum work experience. Masters preferred.
•Experience in employment related education, services and supports for youth and/or adults with disabilities required.
•Experience working on a team, communicating effectively.
•Organizational and time management skills to balance numerous responsibilities.
•Excellent computer and written skills for completing reports, proposals and resource memos.
•Ability to work independently and manage complex priorities.
•Familiar with gathering resources and synthesizing relevant information for reporting.
This description attempts to indicate the kinds and levels of responsibilities given this title and shall not be construed as defining all specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. It is not intended to limit or modify the right of the supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of their employees. Statements of employee duties are not intended to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of responsibility.
Criminal Background Check Required.
Position: 12 month fixed term academic staff position, funding for this position is through an interagency agreement with the Department of Health Services.
Preferred starting date: August 1, 2014
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Applications: A complete application will include a letter of interest, resume, and the names, relationships, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.
Electronic applications are strongly encouraged. Applications are to be sent to email@example.com. Mailed applications may be sent to Patty Beran, Center for Students with Disabilities, Andersen Library 2002, 800 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190.
Questions about the search should be directed to Giorgianne Maziarka /Center for Students with Disabilities/Chair of Search and Screen Committee, 262.472.7157.
Priority will be given to complete applications received by July 9, 2014. This position is considered open until filled.
University overview: Founded in 1868, UW-Whitewater is the premier public regional university with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors, 13 master’s degree programs, and one specialist degree program. It offers high-quality career-oriented programs integrated with a model general education curriculum. UW-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System. Located in a community of 14,622 residents near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Whitewater is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago .
Affirmative Action Statement: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and all veterans. Names of applicants may be disclosed unless requested otherwise. Names of finalists will be released. UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.