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Vocational Specialist

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Phoenix, Arizona
Career Development and Services

Posting Number: req6672

Department: Family and Community Medicine

Location: UAHS - Phoenix

Address: Phoenix, AZ USA

Position Highlights

Responsible for providing on-site training, supervision and support to high school student interns participating in the Project SEARCH school-to-work program. The Skills Trainer serves as a liaison between the host employer, school, vocational rehabilitation provider and Sonoran UCEDD to facilitate the integration of persons with disabilities in the community work setting, including the worksite internship rotations and/or a competitive job. Assists students with transition services focused on preparing for post-school employment including summer and after school work opportunities, work-based learning experiences, and work-related skill development.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Communicate effectively with Project SEARCH Instructor, employers, co-workers, family members, schools, and state agencies to problem solve issues related to training and employment at a worksite rotation or competitive job site.
  • Train and prepare students to work in a competitive environment post high school. Including travel training, grooming, hygiene, communication, interviewing and behavior as they relate to successful employment.
  • Develop and implement job coaching and job development plans, including specific job analysis, task analysis and job matching activities with students to ensure preparedness for competitive employment.
  • Maintain client files accurately and completely while submitting necessary reporting material in a timely manner to reflect activity within site -- e.g., attendance, progress reports, incident reports, case notes, ect.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent, or equivalent learning attained through experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

*BS in education, rehabilitation counseling, or other related field.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Outreach and Community Engagement

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $14.91 - $19.96

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Cmty Outreach

Job Function

Outreach & Community Engage

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Wendy Parent-Johnson |

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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