UCP of Greater Cleveland – Westfield Center

UCP of Greater Cleveland

Job Description

JOB TITLE:                                        Project Search Skills Trainer

SUPERVISED BY:                           Transition and Job Placement Manager

POSITIONS SUPERVISING:          Project SEARCH interns

NON-EXEMPT POSITION:             Job Grade 25 

BASIC FUNCTION:             Responsible for providing on-site training, supervision and support to high school student interns participating in the Project Search school-to-work transition program.  The Skills Trainer serves as a liaison between the host employer, school, vocational rehabilitation and developmental disabilities partners and UCP to promote the agency’s mission and to facilitate the integration of persons with disabilities into the community work setting (including the worksite internship rotations and/or a competitive job).


  1. High school diploma or GED required.
  2. Two years of related experience working with students or adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities in a school-to-work transition or vocational capacity strongly preferred, or a combination of education and experience typically represented by an Associate’s degree in a human services field.
  3. Ability to use standard English effectively in oral and written communication required
  4. Professional appearance, attention to detail, accuracy, ability to plan and organize work efficiently, and the ability to interact effectively in a professional environment and with all stakeholders involved in a client’s program.
  5. Computer-literacy in Microsoft Office computer applications required.
  6. Ability to display enthusiasm and an overall positive attitude required.
  7. Adaptable in dealing with individual and cultural differences required.
  8. Availability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends if needed.
  9. Demonstrated reliability and dependability.
  10. Ability to perform physical activities related to job coaching duties, including the capability to perform lifting (at least 50 lbs.), pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, crouching, stooping, kneeling and reaching.
  11. Possess a valid Ohio driver’s license with no more than two (2) moving violations and have reliable daily transportation. 


  1. Provide individualized training, supervision, and support for student interns at the host business worksite rotation or competitive job which includes: hands-on job coaching, building natural supports, identifying job accommodations, assistive technology, etc.
  2. Communicate effectively with Project Search Instructor, job developer, employers, co-workers, family members, school, ORSC and County Board personnel to problem solve issues related to training and employment at a worksite rotation or competitive job site.
  3. Perform specific job analysis, task analysis, and job matching activities.
  4. Provide travel training to job site if necessary.
  5. Develop and implement job coaching plan with students and other parties as appropriate.
  6. Train students in the areas of grooming, hygiene, communication, interviewing, and behavior as they relate to successful employment.
  7. Adhere to and promote standards of the host business and/or competitive work site in order to promote job productivity and efficiency. Ensure that production and quality standards as specified by the host employer are met by student interns.
  8. Participate in client meetings including monthly progress, plan revision, or special team meetings, as needed.
  9. Provide job development services to job-ready interns, in collaboration with other Project Search team members.
  10. Work cooperatively and proactively with OakLeaf Partners management and staff to ensure clients’ needs are met in compliance with agency policies and procedures, CARF standards, funding source and the host employer’s rules, regulations, and expectations.
  11. Submit necessary reporting material in a timely fashion to reflect activity within the site—e.g., attendance, progress reports, incident reports, case notes, etc.
  12. Maintain client files accurately and completely. Update on a regular basis.
  13. Act as a liaison between the host employer and UCP to promote a positive image of the agency, its mission, and its services. Promote a productive working relationship to ensure the successful integration of the program participants into the work site culture.
  14. Work in collaboration with the Instructor and host employer’s personnel to encourage program growth and expansion—i.e., negotiate needs such as availability of workstations, new or expanded internships, space, equipment use and upgrades, etc.
  15. Provide back-up coverage at other community employment sites, when Project Search is not in session.
  16. Attend all departmental and agency staff meetings as required. Attend training to become knowledgeable of strategies and current “best practices” in the field of supported employment.

Perform other reasonably related job duties as requested

Please send your resume and salary requirements to Colleen Bennett, Director of Human Resources at cbennett@ucpcleveland.org or you can go into our website and complete an application.  Our website is www.ucpcleveland.org

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