Employment Specialist


Employment Specialist

Charles River Center

Needham, MA

Job details


From $16 an hour

Job Type



  • Driver’s License (Required)

  • US work authorization (Required)

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Full Job Description

Start your path toward a fulfilling career at the Charles River Center. Consider joining our team of compassionate, hard-working and caring individuals that empower and support people with disabilities. The Charles River Center provides innovative opportunities, services, and supports for over 950 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury and mental health challenges, in the Metrowest and Southeast regions of Massachusetts.

The Charles River Center (CRC) seeks caring and compassionate Employment Specialists committed to providing outstanding care and quality service within our Needham Community Based Day Program. Responsibilities would include assisting individuals at their community-based job.

Generous Benefits Package:

· Sign-on bonus

· Competitive Health and Dental Insurance with the employer paying a substantial portion of the costs, including a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). Health and Dental Insurance available to all full-time employees on the 1st day of employment.

· Employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plan with employer match.

· Employer-paid Life, Long Term Disability, and AD&D insurance offered at no cost to the employee. Opportunity to purchase additional Short Term Disability coverage at great rates.

· Flexible Spending accounts offered for both dependent and health care.

· $1,500.00 in tuition reimbursement per benefit year for full-time employees.

· Through the 1st year of service, full-time employees receive 13 vacation days with additional increases after one year.

· Full and Part-time employees accrue 48 hours (6 days) of sick time per year with rollover.

· Part-time employees can receive prorated vacation and holiday time.

· 11 paid holidays per year

Additional Job Duties:

· Provide individual and small group instruction in self-care, activities of daily living, communication, social, and motor skills.

· Attend in-service trainings as required.

· Comply with all applicable State and Federal regulations, agency policies and procedures, and personnel practices.

· Protect the health and safety of all consumers and staff.

· Performs other duties as requested by the supervisor(s).


· High school diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Must have direct support experience with people with ID/DD.

· Successful completion and maintenance of the following: CPR and First Aid Certification; Human Rights; Universal Precautions; Mandated Reporting; DPPC; Fire Safety and Vehicle Safety Health and employees on the 1st day of employment.

· Working knowledge of behavior modification techniques.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $16.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Referral program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay
  • Signing bonus

COVID-19 considerations:
Full PPE provided when working in programs. Assistance with vaccinations if desired. Free monthly COVID testing provided to all employees working in our programs.


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)


  • teaching or direct care worker: 1 year (Required)


  • Driver’s License (Required)

Work Location: Multiple Locations

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