Disability Navigator

The Disability Navigator works out of the Full Employment Council office, and ensures that individuals with disabilities who access the Career Center have the accommodations they need to successfully navigate their services.

Overview:

The Navigator will provide specific disability awareness information to workforce staff in the Local Workforce Career Center in the Kansas City and Vicinity.  The Navigator will also address the needs of individuals with disabilities seeking training and employment opportunitiesthrough the Career Center.  The Navigator will provide expertise and serve as a resource person to Career Center and individuals with disabilities including Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability and blindness beneficiaries.  Navigators will have expertise regarding the One-Stop partner programs, including Ticket To Work programs and SSA demonstration projects focused on improving employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.



Specific Duties:

*In coordination with key FEC staff, provide guidance to FEC workforce investment staff assisting individuals with disabilities seeking employment or career advancement opportunities, skill development and job retention assistance to obtain self-sufficiency.
*In coordination with key FEC staff, provide training on assistive technologies and/or obtain guidance from other service providers.
*Serve as a resource for all workforce staff within the service area on Federal, state, local and private work incentives and employment programs impacting people with disabilities.
*Serve as a resource for workforce staff within the service area on Federal regulations.
*Provide an ongoing assessment to be submitted monthly to the FEC regarding Career Center activities, efforts and partnership in ensuring effective and efficient services to people with disabilities.
*Work with Equal Employment Opportunity officer(s). the local Workforce Investment Board and the Career Center operator to ensure facilities, programs, services and equipment are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including ensuring the availability of publications and materials in alternate forms.
*Serve as liaison to Benefits Planning, Assistance and Outreach organizations, the Protection and Advocacy systems, Social Security Administration’s employment-related demonstration projects and state vocational rehabilitation agencies.
*In conjunction with key FEC staff, establish advisory work groups at each location that include subject-matter expertise and individuals with disabilities to develop, review and address accessibility issues within the Career Center system to include developing procedures, making recommendations and developing action plans.
*Provide information on complaint procedures established under the nondiscrimination provisions of WIA section 188 as well as those provided in SSA’s Ticket to Work Program.
*Submit weekly, monthly, and quarterly activity reports to FEC as requested in a timely and complete fashion according to grant requirements.
*The functional manager of each Career Center shall be responsible for the day-to-day supervision of the Disability Navigator.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation, Psychology, Social Work or other related field.   May substitute high school diploma or GED with five years of work experience that can be demonstrated to be applicable to the duties listed in the job description.  Experience working with persons with disabilities preferred.