Employment Services Manager

Merrick, Inc., a day training program located in Vadnais Heights, MN is dedicated to supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (aka clients) as they engage in a variety of vocational and life enrichment opportunities. 

Some of these individuals served are interested in working at jobs that pay at least minimum wage and meet their personal interests.  To best meet the needs of these individuals as well as those that are part of community-based work crews, our Independent Services Team focuses on identifying meaningful and preferred employment opportunities and works with these individuals to enhance their work and personal skills, empower them through self-advocacy, and expand participation in their communities.  At this time, we are seeking an Employment Services Manager to oversee and champion the Independent Services Team so that adults with disabilities have the opportunity to pursue and achieve their goals of community employment.

Primary job duties of the Employment Services Manager include:

  • Ensure client service delivery complies with applicable licensing regulations including MN Statutes 256.4914 Subd. 3, Clauses 23, 24, and 25, MN Statutes 245D.081, MN Rule 9544, etc.;
  • Direct the daily operations of Independent Services and oversee the development, implementation, and efficiency of daily schedules;
  • Supervise, train, evaluate, and support assigned Direct Support Professionals, ensure that they meet all required staff competencies, and maintain systems to verify hours worked and time off used;
  • Continually evaluate the effectiveness of service delivery, methodologies, and the progress made on clients’ individual CSSP-A outcomes;
  • Support and oversee Employment Exploration Services and Employment Development Services and support Employment Support Services;
  • Work closely with the Employment Support Manager, Program Plan Coordinators, and Direct Support Professionals to identify the skill sets and employment preferences of clients supported in community employment, assess the skills of individuals interested in transitioning to independent community employment, and be familiar with key communities of potential employment searches; and
  • Establish, cultivate, and maintain professional and respectful relationships with both current and potential employers as well as beneficial community partners such as DEED, Voc Rehab, Work Force Centers, VHEDC, and the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.

Qualified candidates should possess the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree in a field related to human services, and one full year of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older; or
    • An associate degree in a field related to human services, and two full years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older; or
    • A diploma in a field related to human services from an accredited postsecondary institution , and three full years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older; or
    • A minimum of 50 hours of education and training related to human services and disabilities; and four years of full-time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older under the supervision of a staff person who meets one of the educational/experience qualifications listed above.
  • Prior work experience placing people with an intellectual or developmental disability into jobs that pay minimum wage or more.
  • Demonstrated management and supervisory skills and the ability to productively converse with people in both formal and informal settings and collaborate with clients, coworkers, and external constituents.
  • Good writing skills with an ability to use computer technology to promote efficiency and enhance presentations/materials.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee must (i) be able to continually sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear throughout each work day; (ii) be able to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, twist, and run; (iii) use hands to continually finger, handle, assist, grasp, and feel; (iv) occasionally reach, push, and pull with hands and arms; (v) regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; and (vi) push and pull wheelchairs used by individuals weighing 100-200 pounds.

In addition, you must be able to pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, and a drug screen.

This is a full-time position, working Monday through Friday/day hours, and is benefit eligible.

Join our team and make a difference in someone else’s life!

Merrick, Inc., is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, complete an online application or send a resume to Jane Peltier at Merrick, Inc., 3210 Labore Road, Vadnais Heights, MN  55110. You may also email a resume to JaneP@MerrickInc.org.