Employment Opportunities

Occasionally, an Employment Vacancy opens up with Darden Rehabilitation Foundation. Openings will be listed here.


DRF Job Application

Current Openings:

Position Title: Part Time Project Search Skills Trainer/Job Coach
Report To: Darden Rehabilitation Foundation Executive Director
Location: Host Business Site or Community Business Sites
Standard Hours: As needed to accomplish work, but primarily 9:00am – 2:00pm
Classification: Non-Exempt, Hourly
Provides Supervision to: None Required


Under the supervision of the Darden Rehabilitation Foundation Executive Director, the Part Time Work Skills Trainer/Job Coach will be responsible for providing training and support for interns, host site co-workers, families, area businesses and the community to insure success during the worksite rotations and/or a competitive job. The Part Time Skills Trainer/Job Coach will also be responsible, as assigned, to provide extended services to interns who have gained and retain community employment.  This position will include marketing of Darden Rehabilitation Foundation program to employers in St. Clair County.


  1. Provides individualized support for interns at the host business worksite rotation or competitive job which includes: skills training, building natural supports, identifying job accommodations, assistive technology, etc.
  2. Communicates effectively with Project SEARCH Instructor, other job coaches, employers, co-workers, family members, and school and agency personnel as it relates to the student being trained.
  3. Perform specific job analysis, task analysis, situational assessments and job matching activities.
  4. Carries out steps of job coaching and skill training plan with interns and other parties as appropriate.
  5. Work with participants, employers, families, agency personnel, school personnel, Project SEARCH team members and other appropriate parties to problem solve issues related to training and employment.
  6. Practice positive reinforcement techniques with interns, co-workers, and other staff.
  7. Trains interns in the areas of grooming, hygiene, communication, interviewing, and behavior as they relate to successful employment.
  8. Provides travel training to job site if necessary and/or transportation to interns during job development.
  9. Communicates with Project SEARCH instructor to make final decisions regarding any issues that may affect student success at a worksite rotation or competitive job site.  These decisions may be related to continued job coaching, fading, behavior, job tasks, etc.
  10. Attends training, as appropriate, to become knowledgeable of strategies and current “best practices” in the field of supported employment.
  11. Participates in decision making process to identify and implement training strategies and/or services with other Project SEARCH staff and host business staff.
  12. Identify potential employers by networking and building business liaisons in the community for interns for competitive employment.
  13. Assist and/or lead the effort in obtaining integrated employment for interns/graduates.
  14. Travel to competitive worksites and access varying workspace as necessary.
  15. Attend and participate in all Advisory Board and Employment Planning meetings for interns.
  16. Maintains close visual contact of interns.


  1. Adheres to and promotes standards of the host business and/or competitive work site in order to promote job productivity and efficiency.
  2. Report regularly to supervisor on program participant status.
  3. Complete and submit all required reporting forms, including hours worked in a timely manner.
  4. Participate in staffing with referral counselor or other professional providing services.
  5. Adhere to agency policies.
  6. Recognizes and acts on the legal responsibilities concerning the safety and welfare of program participants.
  7. Participates in recruitment, interviewing and selection of Project SEARCH candidates.
  8. Perform other job related duties as assigned by supervisor for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the agency.
  9. Demonstrates daily work assignment responsibilities:  is accountable for all hours assigned, is punctual and regular in attendance and attends appropriate training activities.
  10. Is punctual and at work as scheduled.
  11. Other duties as assigned.


Depends on the setting in which training of program participant is to take place.  Each site may have a variety of factors that should be acknowledged, including variable noise and dust levels, varying temperatures, lighting and ground surfaces.


Depends on training site and skill being trained:  standing, sitting, bending, stooping, lifting, grasping and stretching.  Visual Skills.  Vehicle travel and driving.  Fine motor dexterity.  Able to lift 50 pounds.


  1. Degree in related field preferred, but not required. GED or High School diploma required.
  2. Experience working with individuals who have development disabilities (or similar experience is strongly preferred).
  3. The ability to maintain First Aid and CPR certification.
  4. Valid Driver’s license.
  5. Ability to perform duties in a variety of settings, including professional situations, private homes, area businesses and other sites.
  6. Computer skills, including word processing, excel and database.
  7. Successful completion of Customized Employment training.


  1. Participates in professional growth activities such as conferences, in services, etc.
  2. Is an effective role model.
  3. Shows enthusiasm and a sense of humor.
  4. Exhibits an overall positive attitude.
  5. Utilizes sound judgment and decision-making skills.
  6. Uses Standard English in oral and written communication.
  7. Works as a productive team member with families, affiliate school and agency personnel.
  8. Is adaptable in dealing with individual and cultural differences.
  9. Protects the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of information unless disclosure services a professional purpose or is required by law.
  10. Avoids action that could result in conflicts of interest.
  11. Ability to function in a flexible, ever-changing environment.
  12. Belief in inclusiveness in all community settings.
  13. Ability to work with a minimum of supervision.
  14. Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule.  Days and times will be assigned based program/program participants’ needs.  This may include working some evening, weekends or holidays.



Educational:  The requirement desired for this position is a bachelor’s degree or work experience in human services or a business related field, and with knowledge of the goals of rehabilitation, business practices and job requirements.


The Employment Specialist is responsible for the efficient and ethical performance of duties.


  1. Assess consumer job readiness skills. Teach appropriate application skills,

interviewing skills, resume writing, proper dress, grooming and hygiene, orientation

to wages, withholding and benefits, job seeking skills, job retention skills, dialogue

about disability, capabilities, consumer’s preferences and necessary


  1. Develop job leads. Initiate and maintain employment relationships to facilitate

placement opportunities. Establish contact with employers and agencies, survey

newspaper, and other sources to locate work opportunities for consumers.

  1. Complete the Assessment, IEOP Plan, and monthly progress reports in a timely

manner. (Monitor IEOP weekly)

  1. Counsel with consumers and family members to obtain support of employment


  1. Learn job tasks required of worker at job site. Train the consumer on job safety.

Teach performance of specific job tasks. Develop or facilitate job site accommodations

as necessary.  Model appropriate behavior on job.

  1. Train the consumer to self advocate and solve problems.
  2. Work with the counselor and team members in solving problems that impact

consumer’s employment (i.e. transportation, child care needs, family problems,

housing issues, appropriate response to authority, employer expectations, etc.)

  1. Routinely report the consumer’s progress in meeting job standards to the counselor.

Prepare progress reports in a timely manner.

  1. Maintain contact with the consumer and/or employer as frequently as is needed to

provide support, to assess job performance/satisfaction, and to assist consumer in

maintaining employment.  Monitor and document the consumer’s performance at

the job site and monitor employer satisfaction.

  1. Maintain documentation in participant files regarding referral information, service

provision and termination information in order to keep files current.

  1. Participate in staff meetings and activities, as well as other community personnel/

employment meetings and groups to insure current information regarding

employment trends and labor market issues.

  1. Maintain communication and cooperative relationship with all referral agencies to

enhance service provision.

  1. Performs any other duties as assigned.

In order to adequately fulfill this position, the employee should be able to perform the following, with or without accommodations:

  1. Maintain a stationary position ≥ 50% of the time.
  2. Needs to be able to occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc.
  3. Constantly operate a computer and other office productivity equipment.
  4. Frequently communicate with employees, employers, coworkers and consumers.
  5. Will occasionally need to lift items up to 20 pounds.

Direct Supervisor:   Program Coordinator