Vocational Specialist

Devereux Red Hook, NY
Are you interested in making a positive difference in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities?

If you answered YES, then consider joining our Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health team!

Being a Vocational Specialist has its Advantages

As a Vocational Specialist at Devereux, you will work with other dedicated professionals who share your passion for helping individuals in need. We offer:

* An opportunity to act as a role model and help adolescents develop the skills necessary for development.

* Experience being out and about in the school or community: on or off campus jobs, cooking, greenhouse/gardening, etc.

* A rewarding career while making a difference!

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health New York provides programs and services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and dual diagnoses. Located in Red Hook, NY, this position is responsible for instructing students in social, vocational, and Adult Daily Living skills necessary for development. The Vocational Specialist will establish a learning environment conducive to maximum vocational and social learning and will evaluate students’ progress and level of proficiency. In conjunction with the Vocational Coordinator, the Vocational Specialist will assure that vocational program(s) are properly licensed in accordance with Department of Labor regulations and that students are remunerated in accordance with DOL law. They will meet with appropriate personnel to identify work-training sites, identify functional work activities, specify job markets, etc. The Vocational Specialist will be required to be certified in driving Devereux vehicles.

About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the largest and most advanced behavioral healthcare organizations in the country. Informed by the latest advancements in science and medicine, we combine evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement to help change lives. We were founded in 1912 by special education pioneer, Helena Devereux. Today, Devereux is a national nonprofit partner for individuals, families, schools and communities, serving many of the most vulnerable members of our society in areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare.

Our Mission: Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health changes lives – by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people living with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.

We employ more than 7,000 staff and operate 15 centers in 13 states. We offer a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults and their families every year.

Competitive Salary and Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health provides a comprehensive health and wellness program to eligible full-time employees, family members and domestic partners. Our health and wellness programs include medical, dental, prescription drug, preventative care, mental health services and an employee assistance / work-life balance program. In addition, we offer generous time-off policies and a 403(b) retirement plan, along with voluntary/employee paid vision, supplemental life and accident coverage to full-time employees.

Click on the following link to see

why we are a great place to work : http://benefits.devereux.org .

Relevant Keywords:

Vocation, Adolescent, Direct Care, Job Coach, Residential, Special Needs


To qualify, we require:

EDUCATION : Some college required. Associates Degree preferred. Will consider candidates working toward degree.


One year experience with job coaching and working with developmentally disabled clients preferred. Must have experience with cooking, baking, housekeeping/cleaning, and greenhouse/gardening.


Free of dependency or abuse of illegal or illicit drugs, alcohol, inhalants, or other chemical or controlled substances. Significant, prolonged, and frequent amounts of walking, standing, sitting, stooping, bending, and lifting of 50 lbs. or more is required. Using standard crisis intervention procedures, must be able to single handedly effect the initial restraint of children and adolescents weighing between 75 and 150 lbs.

About the Organization: The employment policies of Devereux are to recruit and hire qualified employees without discrimination because of race, religion, creed, color, age, sex, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, disability, veteran status, communication ability, gender identity or expression or sexual orientation and to treat them equally with respect to compensation and opportunities for advancement - including upgrading, promotion and transfer - consistent with individual skills and the needs of Devereux.

EOE Statement: We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider applicants for this position without regard to any category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, including but not limited to race, religion, sex, color, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or uniform service member status.

Devereux is a drug-free workplace, drug testing required. EOE

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