This position functions as the Community Employment Coordinator (CEC). This position is assigned to the Homeless Program, within Mental Health Service at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center. The CEC is embedded in the Homeless Program and is a central figure (liaison, advocate, technical advisor) responsible for coordinating vocational services in the Homeless Program in order to connect Veterans to the most appropriate and least restrictive VA and/or community-based employment services. Major duties and responsibilities include: Provides information, pre-employment assessment and workforce re-entry planning services, linkage, and coordination of VA and non-VA services, and community based follow-up services to integrate Veterans into the community through competitive employment. Establishes respectful, effective relationships with Veterans and with the clinical and administrative staff from a range of institutions and agencies, including community employers. Provides guidance and training to all homeless programs and staff across the VAMC on resources that enhance and result in competitive employment outcomes for Veterans, in particular, those who are homeless or have other barriers to employment. Serves as primary point of contact for vocational needs assessments for Veterans who are enrolled in Homeless Programs. Develops vocational needs assessments utilizing evidence-based tools, such as psychometric tests assessing interests, aptitudes, functional capabilities and transferrable skills, to determine the needed intensity level of employment services and supports for homeless Veterans. Serves as a liaison to local community providers of employment placement and support services for homeless Veterans. Develops employment opportunities for homeless Veterans both directly through community-based job development. Insures that through the collaborative, competitive employment resources of varying levels of intensity are currently available for homeless and chronically homeless Veterans both at the medical center and in the community. Provides services in community settings autonomously with limited supervision, including risk assessment, safety planning, vocational interventions and appropriate clinical follow-up. Collaboratively develops interdisciplinary treatment plan with the Veteran's primary Homeless Program provider. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:45am - 4:30pm; nights/weekends at the direction of the supervisor to meet facility/patient needs. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment or Relocation incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.