Supported Employment Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000.00
Maximum: $45,000.00




101 Q Street, NE
United States


Pathways to Housing DC is an innovative nonprofit agency committed to ending homelessness for individuals with serious mental illnesses, co-occurring substance abuse disorders and/or other medical challenges in our Nation's capital. Pathways is one of the originators of "Housing First", in which services are provided to those in need without conditions and pre-housing requirements such as curfews, mandated sobriety or compliance with medication.

The Supported Employment Specialist provides direct services to consumers who are working or are interested in working competitively. Works with clients ready to enter the job market, developing job search plans, providing assistance and access to training programs and job preparation resources. Working closely with the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and Community Support teams, the SES serves as a liaison between potential employers and consumers. Develops and cultivates relationships with hiring managers, informing them of potential candidates within caseload. Assists clients in job search, completing applications, preparing clients for interviews and continued follow-up.


  • Provide direct pre-employment placement and post-employment services for consumers including job seeking, resume writing, vocational counseling, job coaching, on-site/off site retention support and other individualized assistance
  • Working with consumer, provides vocational counseling including readiness assessments, work plans, goals, job search strategies, etc.
  • Participate in ACT Team meetings and monthly In-Service team meetings to track progress of clients. Coordinates with additional staff for additional services as needed.
  • Meet with prospective employers in the community to develop individualized employment opportunities for consumers. Conduct job development in the community, creating job placements for ACT and community support consumers.
  • Provide guidance to consumers re: possible impact of employment on continued eligibility for other benefits (e.g. SSDI, Public Assistance)
  • Facilitate consumer driven referrals to educational and/or training opportunities;
  • Document activity regarding consumer contact for appropriate billing to Medicaid and/or other contracted entities.
  • Participate in continuous staff development and training
  • Perform additional related duties as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in vocational or employment development and placement
  • Experience working with individuals with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems;
  • Strong oral, written communication and computer skills highly desired.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional relationship and the ability to cultivate networks preferred.
  • Creative, organized, efficient, flexible and ability to take initiative; must be able to work independently.
  • Sensitivity to the needs of underserved adults with multiple barriers to employment;
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly desired.
  • Driver’s license and access to motor vehicle required


Benefits included generous leave, health, dental, vision and 403(b)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested candidates may apply online or send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to

Pathways to Housing DC is an Equal Opportunity Employer