Headquartered within Saint Joseph’s University (SJU), within the School of Health Studies and Education, the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support (Kinney), has a two-fold mission to educate and train the autism professionals of tomorrow, while supporting and serving the individuals and families affected by autism today. Kinney serves children and adults affected by autism throughout the five county Philadelphia area, southern New Jersey and Delaware while staffing their programs with graduate and undergraduate students, SCHOLARS, predominantly from Saint Joseph’s University but from surrounding colleges and universities as well.
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Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Employment Services will be responsible for all aspects of training and preparing both ASPIRE students (students enrolled at SJU who have an autism diagnosis) and participants in the Vocational Bridge Program (individuals with autism seeking employment) and Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), for long term employment after graduation from their respective programs. This individual will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with on-campus partners and local/ national businesses to attain internship and job opportunities for our students and clients. Emphasis will be placed on attaining and communicating measurable goals, namely long-term independent career placements in fields of interest. This position will also oversee, manage and serve as the main sales liaison for the Kinney Insights program, the consulting and training arm of the Kinney Center.
Prepare evaluations of current employment programs, establish program goals and recommendations for future programs considering the strategic objectives of the Kinney Center
Advise and work in conjunction with relevant staff to ensure that existing programs are effective, efficient and synergistic to the ultimate goal of employment.
Build a pipeline starting with Auxiliary Camp that builds the necessary skills and provides relevant experience to autistic individuals so they can become gainfully employed
Consulting with Kinney Staff members that work with Participants within the PAES lab to assist with future employment opportunities.
Plan, implement and assess a system for recruiting both on and off campus employers for internships and long-term employment for individuals ranging with a wide range of IQ, abilities and interests
Network with business leaders to develop employment, volunteer and internship opportunities.
Survey job openings and facilitate interviews with potential employers and participants
Build a support network between individuals and community members
Ensure program documentation and billable records are completed accurately and timely
Manage, oversee and participate in and recruit customers for Kinney’s consulting business that helps educate employers, employees, managers, etc. about the benefits and hurdles of hiring individuals on the autism spectrum.
• Attends information sessions and conferences on behalf of the Kinney Center as they relate to employment services, programs and training • Serves as a resource to families requiring support with their children with autism • Act as a liaison with the team to coordinate projects and answer questions for external partners • Host career fairs and reserve career fairs • Define contracts requirements for vocational and employment activities with appropriate agencies • Meet weekly with ASPIRE students in a classroom setting to educate students on job skills for example, interviewing, appropriate co-worker interactions, etc. • Manage, train and oversee all SCHOLARS, undergraduate students, who are acting as job coaches. • Monitor safety and all procedures as they pertain to complete supervision of program staff and clients • Provide an atmosphere for developing camaraderie and good morale among program community • Work cooperatively with Executive Director and all relevant SJU departments including but not limited to; Advancement, Career Development Center, Marketing and Communications, etc. • Report to and maintain daily communication with the Executive Director of the Kinney Center • Work cooperatively with members of the Advisory Board and all relevant staff including but not limited to: Senior Director of Operations, Director of ASPIRE, Director of Programs, Academic Executive Director, all University staff, etc. • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
• BS or BA degree or equivalent experience • A minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in employment services or relevant field. • Effective and efficient oral and written communication • Relevant leadership experience • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines. • Proficient computer skills
• Familiarity with a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. • Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders including diagnosis, treatment, behaviors, and functioning, and how the symptoms and issues impact families and friends, the community, schools, service providers, those who pay for services, and autism policy makers.
About Saint Joseph's University
For over 160 years, Saint Joseph’s University has been engaging men and women in a rigorous Jesuit education that empowers them to become leaders in their industries and communities. An expansive liberal arts curriculum that serves as a foundation for all students, combined with programs tailored to meet the needs of complex and evolving fields prepare students for all of their post-graduate pursuits. As a Jesuit institution, guided by a faith that promotes justice, Saint Joseph’s University educates for a higher purpose; service is central to the Jesuit identity, and students are expected to improve the common good by utilizing their skills and knowledge to promote tolerance, compassion and social justice.