Employment Specialist
St. Louis Arc
 Saint Louis, MO

Requisition Number: EMPLO01244


To further our mission of helping individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities live their best possible lives, the St. Louis Arc is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, and compassionate individuals for the position of Employment Specialist. This position is responsible for providing support and instructional training for employed individuals with intellectual disabilities in skills required to perform a specific job, as well as developing adaptations of the job and/or environment. This position provides support for both the employee and employer.


  • Adherence to Arc Core Values of Respect, Empowerment, and Collaboration
  • Responsible for professional documentation by preparing and submitting paperwork according to established time frames and guidelines
  • Responsible for networking throughout the business community and maintaining beneficial contacts
  • Responsible for communicating in a professional manner both in verbal and written form to all parties including the individuals, family, co-workers, supervisors, employers, and various funders
  • Responsible for providing specific one-on-one supports which will increase the individual's overall success in maintaining employment in an area of their choice
  • Responsible for maintaining a balance of billable and non-billable time at 85% or higher throughout the fiscal year; managing a caseload of up to 25 individuals; and managing relationships that include individuals supported, families, co-workers, employers, and funders
  • Demonstrate and support all St. Louis Arc Diversity and Inclusion practices/initiatives


Required Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, business management or related field preferred

Other Requirements:

  • CPR/First Aid (Agency provides training)
  • Current auto insurance & Class E License or equivalent
  • Additional required online agency & class-based training

Minimum Years of Experience:

  • Two to three years of related experience supporting people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities preferred


  • Knowledge of recruiting practices
  • Understanding of individuals supported needs
  • Deadline-oriented and possess impeccable time management skills
  • Knowledge of employment law and industry and employment sectors (including pay and benefits)
  • Ability to make immediate sound decisions in order to ensure the safety of each person supported
  • Ability to negotiate with all partners in the field to ensure quality supports are provided
  • Ability to provide supports to assist individuals in maintaining employment
  • Assess support needs of individuals in work place of their choice
  • Effective and professional communication
  • Ability to analyze work culture on an ongoing basis and identify and capitalize on existing natural supports
  • Network throughout the business community and maintain contacts
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to navigate word processing software, database products, email, and smart phones


  • Walking up to eight hours a shift
  • Standing up to eight hours a shift
  • Lifting Up to 50 pounds from floor to above shoulders
  • Travel up to 50% of the time in St. Louis Metro area to various work locations
  • Work Environment varies based on individuals supported (i.e., community job sites, office setting)
  • Equipment
    • Access to a personal vehicle in good working condition
    • Computer, smart phone, and additional equipment varied by individual supported

The above statements describe the job’s essential responsibilities and requirements. They are not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be assigned to job incumbents.