Employment Specialist

Mar 9, 2023

Organization: Iowa School for the Deaf

Remote: No

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Deadline to Apply: 07/29/2023
Employee Start Date: 08/07/2023

Job Summary:

Under supervision of the Principal, works with oversight from a Work Experience Coordinator to coordinate the work experience program for high school and 4Plus (transition program) students.


  • Provide job training for students and work collaboratively with the ISD staff to ensure that students receive appropriate services
  • Assess students for work readiness skills. Match student needs, skills, and interested with available job opportunities
  • Work with students 1:1 or in small groups to develop skills needed to obtain/maintain employment such as job searches, applications, resume construction, interview skills, etc.
  • Develop and maintain positive partnerships with community businesses and agencies, and assist with accommodation guidelines outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws/policies.
  • Contact employers and develop community-based opportunities for students to job shadow, have exploratory job placements and long-term work experiences
  • Connect regularly with job site supervisors to ensure successful work experience placements, resolve problems that may arise, and to monitor students in the field.
  • Be available as first point of contact for and provide input to students, staff, and parents for report cards and at IEP meetings (outside of normal working hours if necessary).
  • Work cooperatively with ISD staff to develop appropriate learning targets, coordinate scheduling/transportation
  • Maintain a database of work experience sites with relevant details of employment positions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, human services, vocational rehabilitation, Deaf Education, or related field.
  • Ability to meet the level of sign language proficiency designated for the position as outlined in the School’s Sign Language Policy.
  • Willing to work odd hours and during the summer, weekends, etc.
  • Ability to travel within the community regularly; throughout the state occasionally including some overnights
  • Strong networking skills to build relationships with business community members.
  • Must have understanding of the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Prefer experience working with students/ young adults in the workplace
Additional Notes:
Hours: Full-time. Contract-191 days/first year, 189 days/subsequent years; due to the nature of the position, some summer, early morning, evening, and weekend hours may be necessary.
Pay/Benefits: $44,000-$67,000/year; health and dental insurance, retirement, flex spending accounts, and more
How to apply: Download application at www.iowaschoolforthedeaf.org/employment/employmentopportunities/
Send resume, cover letter, credentials, unofficial transcripts, etc. to human.resources@iaedb.org or mail to ISD Human Resources, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA, 51503

Questions? Email human.resources@iaedb.org, or call 712-366-0571(v)/712-796-1203(vp)

The Iowa School for the Deaf is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. A State of Iowa,
Board of Regents School.


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