Manager of Pre-Vocational & Life Planning Program

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 3 months ago(3/19/2021 11:42 AM)
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Regular Full-Time


Currently seeking an exsperienced leader whom will provide leadership and direction for developing, coordinating, and executing programs to advocate for appropriate adolescent and young adult vocational preparedness across subspecialties with the goal of increasing the likelihood of vocational engagement for patients and increased independence as adults. The Manager will work in collaboration with the Manager of Transitions Program and serve as an interdisciplinary resource. 
This position also supports families whose children have special health care needs and who will not be able to participate in work, paid or unpaid, due to cognitive or physical impairment.


Spanish speaking a plus.


1. Develops, expands and links families to developmentally appropriate pre-vocational and vocational services that focus on children and youth ages 12-22.
2. Develops supportive resources for families whose children are totally dependent due to cognitive or physical impairments and assists the parents/guardians in life planning for their children through the provision of resources and referral to outside agencies.  Develops a library of resources (including web-based) to support families in their planning.
3. Works with physicians, APNs, nurses, social workers and other team members to support the pre-vocational, vocational and life planning needs of patients and families.
4. Serves as a member of the hospital-wide Transition Committee.
5. Supports the development and implementation of hospital-based educational resources for interdisciplinary teams and patients regarding pre-vocational and vocational services including internal resources, web-based information and community resources.
6. Serves as a consultant on pre-vocational and vocational counseling throughout the hospital.  Develops and mentors other employees, whether from nursing, medicine, social work or other areas, to expand their knowledge base in the area of vocational counseling and life planning.
7. Supports internal and collaborative research in the area of vocational and pre-vocational counseling and life planning for children with special health care needs. Shares and participates in research studies including coordination with principal investigators, research assistants and data consultants.
8. Works with the hospital in fundraising, grant writing, and other financial efforts designed to build the program and services.  
9. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
10. Other job functions as assigned. 


1.  Master’s Degree required, vocational counseling , preferably in a health or allied health field.
2.  Five years of working experience in vocational counseling for special needs populations or other health related field
3.  Familiarity with chronic illness, human development and psychosocial issues germane to pre-vocational and
vocational counseling and life planning for children with special healthcare needs

4.  Experience in conducting interdisciplinary educational training

5.  Strong analytical and problem solving skills

6.  Excellent leadership skills, ability to work with teams, excellent presentation, written and oral
     communication skills

7.  Excellent depth and breadth of knowledge and experience with children and youth with special health care   needs and with the Chicago vocational counseling community.
8.  Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
9.  Ability to participate in research and other academic projects and follow ethical and legal regulations concerning research with human subjects.
10. Knowledge of Microsoft Office


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