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Pre-Employment Transition Services Specialist

University of Missouri
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Job Title: Pre-Employment Transition Services Specialist
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 37611
Hiring Department

Pre-Employment Transition Services Program

College of Education & Human Development

Job Description Position will live and serve the Pre-Employment Transition Services Southwest MO area, and others as needed or assigned.The individual applying for this position will live and work in the assigned area. All applicants applying for this position must understand that this job is not located in Columbia (Boone County). The applicant must be willing to work in the location identified above.

One of the new provisions in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in collaboration with the Local Educational Agency (LEA), to provide, or arrange for the provision of, pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities in need of such services who are eligible or potentially eligible for services. This position(s) is being created to help meet staff capacity by providing highly qualified personnel who will work in collaboration with local education agencies and Vocational Rehabilitation, in the provision of pre-employment transition services for students with disabilities enrolled in Missouri secondary schools, who are not yet eligible for VR services.

Provide job exploration counseling to include but not limited to

    Work with students to develop a Missouri Connections account and student profile.Use career interest inventories and other career assessments to identify skills and career interest areas.Provide information regarding in-demand occupations and local labor market composition.Counsel students to identify and explore careers in their local community and/or geographical region within a career pathway of interest.Aid the special education teacher, the school counselor, and the student to ensure the student's IEP or 504 Plan (if applicable) is coordinated with their Personal Plan of Study.
Collaborate with VR business specialists, LEAs, and local businesses to facilitate a job-shadowing month for students to explore careers in their field of interest.

    Collaborate with LEAs and Division of Workforce Development (DWD) to facilitate a field day for students at the local career center to educate students about how to register for employment services/youth programs, fill out on-line job applications, etc.Assist students in identifying and exploring job fields that may require apprenticeship training and visit apprenticeship programs with students in the local community.Coordinate mock job interviews for students with businesses.Assist LEA staff and VR counselors/business specialists to identify work experience opportunities for students in the local community.
Provide counseling on enrollment in postsecondary education at institutions of higher education to include but not limited to

    Educate and inform students of short and long-term post-secondary training opportunities and assist students in gaining an understanding of how different training options may meet their individual needs.Facilitate student visits to disability support services offices at local colleges or universities.Build and sustain an effective relationship with the student utilizing strength-based career planning.Research degree or credential requirements for jobs within the student's career pathway of interest and work with the school counselor to identify ways for the student to develop skill acquisition for jobs in that career pathway through course selection.Participate in LEA Career and Transition Fairs, FAFSA Frenzy events, etc.Assist the student in using Missouri Connections to search for colleges and training options in their career pathway.Assist the student in learning about their disability and the accommodations they need to be successful in a training program or academic setting.Assist the student in learning the differences between high school and college by utilizing MOAHEAD and other resources. Assist the student in researching those colleges or training programs that offer specific services for students with disabilities.Assist the student and their families in understanding the financial aid process.

Provide workplace readiness & social skills support to include but not limited to

    Identify work readiness skills that are identified by employers as priority areas and review those skills with students.Connect students and their families to their local Center for Independent Living.Work with students to identify and measure work readiness skills by developing or utilizing a work readiness inventory that will address the following areas through a volunteer or work experience opportunity on or off campus: attendance, punctuality, workplace appearance, taking initiative, teamwork, quality of work, communication skills, response to supervision, problem-solving/critical thinking, workplace culture, policy, and safety.Review and discuss transportation options available for students for getting to and from work. Review and discuss asset development and benefits planning with students and families by connecting them with appropriate resources and following up to discuss questions/concerns. Support the student's social connectedness and overall health by discussing with the student the importance of participating in school-based activities, after-school clubs, or community service projects to help connect the student socially.
Provide self-advocacy training which may include peer mentoring to include but not limited to

    Assist with facilitating student understanding of the concepts of self-determination and self-advocacy. Utilize existing resources and materials to help students learn how to practice speaking up, leading their IEP/504 or other personal planning meetings. Encourage students to take advantage of peer mentoring programs in their communities including the Governor’s Council – Youth Leadership Forum.Work with the students to practice self-advocacy and skill building through real life activities, such as ordering a meal in a restaurant, etc.

Salary Range: $40,000 to $42,000 as allowed by grant funding

GGS Grade: 8


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Monday - Friday

7:30 am to 4:00 pm

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree in early childhood education, child development or related area or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications All applicants will be screened based on the preferred qualifications below:

Required years of experience: Three to four years minimum; two years of teaching experience or guidance and counseling experience - would have frequent contact with state agencies, school districts, school personnel, and students enrolled in MO secondary schools.

Bachelor's degree is acceptable but a master’s degree from an accredited college/university in Education or a related field is preferred. A current MO Teachers Certificate or the ability to obtain a Substitute Teacher Certification is required. Teaching certification in Special Education for Mild/Moderate-Severe/Profound is preferred.

Experience working directly with transition age youth/families and school personnel is preferred.

The selected individual should be knowledgeable about disability programs and policies to include vocational rehabilitation, special education, career and technical education, career pathways; and should have strong communication, organization, relationship building, leadership, and community consensus-building skills.

Travel and ability to work flexible hours will be required.

Application Materials

Each applicant MUST submit a cover letter, current resume, and a list of references.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Working at University of Missouri

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, Mo., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.1 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.

MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It's a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri's largest public research university. Considered one of the nation's top-tier institutions, Mizzou is the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System. It is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be selected for membership in the Association of American Universities.

The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 19 colleges and schools and is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus.

Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. The favorite classroom for the best and brightest, Mizzou attracts more valedictorians, Curators Scholars and Bright Flight Scholars than any other college or university in Missouri. Twenty-six percent of MU freshmen come from the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $235 million annually on scientific research; they account for 70 percent of the research dollars flowing to Missouri public universities. Ninety-two percent of full-time, ranked faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field.

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Designated a botanic garden, MU’s 1,262-acre main campus features more than 42,000 plants and trees and is an important outdoor laboratory for 10 academic programs. Many university buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Citizens across the state connect with Mizzou by participating in Extension programs in every county, visiting MU Health Care specialists, competing in state competitions in MU facilities and cheering on the Missouri Tigers at athletic events. A member of the Southeastern Conference, Mizzou's NCAA Division I athletic program has 20 sports, many ranked in the top 25 nationally.

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