Employment Specialist

Program · Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Department Program
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $32,000 - $35,000

Job Description

Position Summary: Sisu offers shelter and case management support to youth and young adults ages 15-24 experiencing homelessness. The Employment Specialist will oversee and monitor youth in both the shelter and community-based setting, using a strengths-based service model to provide case management and assist youth towards their identified goals, with a special focus on employment. The Employment Specialist will be the central point of contact for employment needs on the Case Management team and is responsible for a small caseload in addition to assisting clients to find rewarding employment opportunities and coaching them through roadblocks they may encounter. Additionally, this position is responsible for finding and cultivating relationships with employers to work with our clients as they join the workforce. Employment, compensation, and position continuation are subject to the provisions of the grant.

The Employment Specialist is a non-exempt employee and reports to the Program Director.

Essential Case Management Functions:

  • ​Provide case management support to Sisu clients and assist in maintaining stable housing, retaining jobs, and improving outcomes
  • Work collaboratively to engage youth in the identification of strengths and needs to support the development/updating and implementation of an individualized service plan
  • Provide note documentation in the HMIS system. Document daily services, maintain client files and goal progression notes
  • Conduct assessments and screenings to ensure that identified needs are attended to via appropriate and timely referrals, follow-up, and safety planning
  • Monitor and initiate educational plans, mental health plans, and physical health plans as appropriate based on client needs
  • Represent Sisu within the community during collaborative staffing meetings such as the Homeless Youth Alliance and the Youth Coordinated Care Meetings
  • Collaborate with appropriate community partners on the progress and well-being of clients
  • Participate in weekly case management meetings with Sisu’s case management team
  • Assist with food distribution to Sisu Housed Youth Clients
  • Help clients obtain appropriate documentation such as social security cards, immunization records, medical cards, etc.
  • Act as a point of contact for clients’ appointments. Assist clients with scheduling appointments and follow-ups as needed
  • Monitor and supervise youth in the program to provide a safe and professional environment
  • Maintain consistency in the delivery of service and adherence to program policies
  • Provide support in Sisu’s emergency shelter, drop-in center, and other programs as needed
  • Assist in maintaining organization and cleanliness of personal workspace and program spaces
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Individual Placement and Support Duties:

  • Efficiently build rapport with clients and discover interests and strengths to help all interested Sisu clients in achieving stable employment
  • Visit local employers, who are selected based on the job seeker’s preferences, to learn about their business needs and hiring preferences
  • Build partnerships with local employers to provide employment opportunities for clients that include performance feedback and on-the-job coaching
  • Provide intensive support to clients, including in-person contact, on a daily/weekly basis for at least the first one to four months of employment
  • Provide individualized job support and meet each client a minimum of once per month after stabilization, typically the IPS Case Manager will maintain support for one year
  • Assist clients to work towards increased income, improved self-esteem, increased social and quality of life, better control of symptoms, and/or reduced substance use through meaningful employment
  • Serve as a liaison for other Case Managers and their clients pertaining to employment
  • Maintain, prepare, and provide efficient data reporting and grant compliance


  • REQUIRED: Bachelor's Degree from accredited college or university, preferred majors include social work and counseling or equivalent experience OR 3+ years experience in behavioral or mental health
  • Experience with youth, LGBTQ+, mental health, social services, or program administration preferred
  • Case Management certification, IPS certifications, and additional training will be provided by Sisu


  • Must be highly organized and able to work independently
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Basic computer skills, with proficiency in MS Office applications and other computer applications
  • Ability to solve problems independently and assist in conflict resolution
  • Willingness to learn systems of care and resources for clients
  • Must take initiative and be self-driven
  • Ability to de-escalate and help clients problem solve
  • ​Commitment to answer phones, texts, and emails daily and respond in a timely manner

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and lift items over 25 pounds
  • Prefer the ability to assist with moving client furniture to housing placements
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to use telephone, PC, copy machine, printer, and other office equipment
  • Ability to use washer and dryer
  • Ability to use household equipment ie: broom, mop, cleaning supplies
  • Licensed with a clean driving history and reliable transportation. Local travel will be required
  • Pass a state and federal criminal background check for grant compliance

Job Location: In office & at program locations - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Position Type: Full-time hourly (40 hours/week)

Scheduled Hours: Standard business hours - including some evenings and weekends

Benefits: PTO, Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance available


Sisu Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are committed to fairness and equity in all our employment practices without regard to race, ethnicity, color, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, religion, disability or degree thereof, national origin, domestic/marital status, political affiliation or opinion, veteran status, HIV status, AIDS status, genetic information, and any characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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  • Location
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $32,000 - $35,000