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Employment Specialist

Naples, Florida, USANaplesFloridaUSA

The STARability Foundation is seeking an Employment Specialist for its Trailblazer Academy, a community-based vocational training and educational program for post-high school individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This is a newly created position that will report to and work with the Trailblazer Academy Program Director to enhance employment opportunities for participants.  The successful candidate will have a passion for advocating for individuals with additional needs and helping employers recognize how their unique abilities can contribute to the workforce.

Areas of Responsibility: 

·       Extensive networking with current and potential vocational partners/employers to fulfill employment goals for Trailblazer Academy participants.

·       Meet regularly with vocational partner representatives (managers, business owners, and staff) to identify customized and competitive employment opportunities.

·       Develop new vocational partnerships with local businesses, increasing the variety of job skill opportunities.

·       Maintain knowledge of current laws and benefits for businesses that employ people with disabilities.

·       In collaboration with the Trailblazer Academy Program Director and Instructors, evaluate program participants to identify their job readiness, job skills and employment goals.

·       Provide direct job coaching to participants once they are placed in employment.

·       Maintain data on participants and write reports, such as individual employment plans, as required.

Educational Background: 
• Bachelor’s degree preferred in social work, business, behavioral sciences or related field

·       Knowledge of the field of developmental challenges and similar needs.

·       Knowledge of the local business community and the ability to network and develop partnerships.

·       Three years of experience providing education, social, or direct care services to people with diagnosed special needs or other populations.

·       Knowledge of referral services regarding the impact of employment wages on SSI, SSDI, and other benefits.

·       Ability to apply general principles of educational, vocational and socialization for individuals with developmental challenges and similar needs seeking and maintaining employment, and those seeking to develop skills that could eventually lead to employment.

·       Ability to be flexible, patient and handle a variety of situations.

·       Excellent presentation and verbal and written communication skills.

·       Ability to communicate with a wide variety of individuals, including some with non-traditional communication styles.

·       Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel).


This position is for 30 hours per week at $20 per hour.  Benefits include 401k, mileage reimbursement and flexible hours.

Additional Information: 

Employment subject to background check.

This is a 30 hour per week position with opportunity for growth. Successful candidate must have valid driver’s license and insurance and operate own vehicle.  Local travel required.  Join us in making our participants feel confident in their abilities rather than their disabilities through employment opportunities.

Organization Info

STARability Foundation

Naples, Florida, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us
Areas of Focus: 

To transform the lives of individuals with disabilities through social, vocational and educational connections to the community, while strengthening awareness and respect for individual abilities.


The STARability Foundation (formerly Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled) has its roots in innovative social and recreational activities and programs started by parents to enhance the quality of life of their young adult children by keeping them active and engaged.  Our organization has grown and evolved and in April 2018 we unveiled our new name and mission statement to better reflect our focus of shining light on ability, not disability, and to emphasize our core values:  Support, Teamwork, Awareness and Respect.  We currently serve over 280 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and provide resources and support for their families.  We fill a void that exists for these individuals when they age out of the school system.  Our programs include life skills classes, social events, recreational activities (baseball, basketball and bowling), photography workshops, book clubs and theater and art workshops.  In September 2016 we launched the Trailblazer Academy to address the unmet need in Collier County for a full-time, post-high school transition program for young adults with disabilities.  This community-based program was the first of its kind in Collier County and remains the only one that combines vocational training at area businesses, employment readiness, life skills and academic education, health and fitness and enrichment experiences through the arts, in one curriculum.  Trailblazer Academy participants are developing job skills while discovering they can have a place in the world of work.

Why Work For Us?: 

STARability Foundation aims to be a game-changing organization.  Since 2016 we have grown exponentially in terms of number of people served and programs we offer.  Our staff has increased from 2 full-time and 1 part-time to 12 full-time and 2 part-time.  We take an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to our mission and everyone on our team is committed to transforming the lives of the individuals we serve.  Belief in our core values - Support, Teamwork, Awareness, Respect - is at the essence of everything we do.  Our employees are encouraged to seek professional development on an ongoing basis and STARability supports and provides training and education for staff.  As the organization continues to expand, there will be many opportunities for career development and advancement.  We are seeking people to join our staff who want to be a part of our growth and our future.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Jul 22 2019
Active Until: 
Aug 22 2019
Hiring Organization: 
STARability Foundation