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Employment Specialist

Department: 425 - MHVP - PG County
Location: Lanham, MD

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About Us:

The Rock Creek Foundation, which remains part of the Affiliated Santé Group today, pioneered the community-based treatment of individuals with both psychiatric needs and developmental disabilities, employing values-based management services. Those services included the first private fee-for-service outpatient mental health center and psychiatric rehabilitation program in the State of Maryland. Rock Creek’s ground-breaking treatment and service delivery strategies were praised by the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation in 1979 as a “program of national significance.” At the time, direct state funding and grants were not available to enable low-income individuals and families to access such innovative services. RCF’s commitment to serving all populations led the organization to secure Medicaid funding for such services, a new use of Medicaid funds at the time.

Job Summary:

The Rock Creek Foundation is seeking a Full Time Employment Specialist  who will counsel disabled individuals to provide vocational rehabilitation services. The salary for this position, depending on years of experience, ranges from $29,000-$32,000.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Interviews and evaluates disabled applicants, and confers with medical and professional personnel to determine type and degree of disability, eligibility for service, and feasibility of vocational rehabilitation
  • Accepts or recommends acceptance of suitable candidates
  • Determines suitable job or business consistent with applicant's desires, aptitudes, and physical, mental, and emotional limitations
  • Plans and arranges for applicant to study or train for job
  • Responsible for completing treatment plans as needed with clients, and implements treatment plans with client
  • Organizes and conducts support group and vocational groups as needed
  • Endeavors to place individual in gainful employment after acquisition of marketable skills
  • Resolve work related problems or difficulties, and assigns individual to simpler tasks when worker cannot perform assigned duties
  • Observes worker to ensure that work is performed according to prescribed methods and meets established standards
  • Maintains working relationships with staff of other agencies and institutions, homes, facilities, and acts as liaison between clients and agency/ institution
  • Acts as liaison between clients and their supervisor and co-workers
  • Helps clients understand mental illness and how it affects their health, life styles, and employment
  • Assists applicant with personal adjustment throughout rehabilitation program
  • Aids applicant in obtaining medical and social services during training
  • Aids applicants in obtaining additional employment services from DOR’s (Division of Rehabilitation Services)
  • Responsible for the accurate and timely billing of all services to DOR’s and credible wireless
  • Responsible for the accurate and timely completion of authorizations for services in Value Options
  • Attends mandatory meetings
  • Check’s work email at the beginning and end of each shift
  • Participates in and successfully completes all required trainings
  • Other duties as assigned


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent) and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with Adults diagnosed with varying mental health and intellectual disabilities.
  • Must be able to work individually as well as within a team.
  • Must be able to multi-task. Must be able to work with “high-risk” consumers who have mental illnesses as well as developmental and physical disabilities (ie: must have patience, and must be able to effectively communicate with diverse consumers, etc.).
  • Must have knowledge of Internet and Microsoft Office software (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook).

We expect all staff to have a strong desire to provide excellent customer service; to comply with the rules and regulations of those organizations to which we are accountable; to have high ethical and professional standards of conduct; and to have an attitude of wanting to continuously improve their own professional performance. Must be able to effectively, and professionally communicate with other staff and individuals served.

Rock Creek Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Rock Creek Foundation participates in E-Verify.



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