Project SEARCH Job Coach

Job Title: Part-Time Project SEARCH Skills Trainer/Job Coach

Work Schedule: Up to 20 hours per week, and up to 2 to 3 days per week.

Job Location: Southwestern Community College campus.

Purpose: To provide training and support for interns, business co-workers, families, and district personnel to ensure success during the worksite rotations and/or a competitive job.

Key Responsibilities: The duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Provides individualized support for intern during the internship rotation in order for the intern to acquire competitive and marketable skills. This could include: Systematic Instruction to teach and break down tasks, building natural supports, developing accommodations, identifying appropriate assistive technology, etc.
  2. Communicates effectively with Project SEARCH Instructor, other skills trainers, internship department managers/mentors, co-workers, family members and school and agency personnel as it relates to the student being trained.
  3. Performs specific task analysis, especially when student is challenged to learn and perform tasks to a productive and quality level.
  4. Assists with completing the vocational Fit Assessment to determine the abilities of the intern, the demands of the internship tasks, and assist the team to make meaningful matches.
  5. Carries out steps of job coaching plan with students and other parties as appropriate.
  6. Works with consumers, employers, families, job placement specialist, agency personnel, affiliate school personnel, and other appropriate parties to problem solve issues related to training and employment.
  7. Practices positive reinforcement techniques with students, coworkers, and other staff.
  8. Trains students in the areas of grooming, hygiene, communication, interviewing, and behavior as they relate to successful employment.
  9. Provides travel training to the host business and job site when necessary.
  10. Communicates with Project SEARCH instructor to make final decisions regarding any issues that may affect student success at an internship or competitive job site. These decisions may be related to continued skills training, fading, behavior, job tasks, etc.
  11. Attends training provided by school district personnel to become knowledgeable of strategies and current best practices in the field of supported employment.
  12. Participates in decision-making processes to identify and implement training strategies and/or services with other Project SEARCH staff and host business staff.


KEY RESULT AREA: Responsible for performing those duties and activities that are conducive to an effective and efficient daily operation.

  1. Adheres to and promotes standards of the host business and/or competitive work site in order to promote performance, productivity, quality, and efficiency.
  2. Submits and completes appropriate paperwork.
  3. Recognizes and acts concerning the safety and welfare of the consumers.
  4. Demonstrates daily work assignment responsibilities; is accountable for all hours assigned; is punctual and regular in attendance; and attends appropriate training activities.


KEY RESULT AREA: Responsible for personal characteristics necessary to develop attributes consistent with the educational community.

  1. Participates in professional growth activities such as Direct Course training, 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 the instructor, families, affiliate school, and all agency personnel as well as other stakeholders.
  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.

NOTE: The Skills Trainer will be expected to perform other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Program Director and/or designee.

 Reports to: Director of Program Services

Education: Minimum: AA or BA degree; experience with youth and adults with disabilities preferred.

Reasonable accommodations will be determined and applied on an individual basis according to the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act.

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