Employment Specialist

The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) educates, mentors, and supports youth with disabilities to be contributing members of their community. 

KYEA is currently searching for a qualified Employment Specialist.  This is a part time position of 24 hours per week with the potential to become a full-time position.  The hourly pay is $13.50.  Work hours occur Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm and some weekends.  Travel is required for this position.  

Our Employment Specialist will further develop, coordinate, implement, and manage our employment Empower Me training for youth with disabilities.  Through a contract with the Department of Children and Families, KYEA hosts 10, full-day trainings focused on employment readiness skills for high school students with disabilities across Kansas.  The Employment Specialist must have a positive attitude, be able to build trust with and relate to young adults, be a self-starter, be proficient in research and writing skills, and have high computer literacy skills of Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher.  This person will have strong communication, public speaking, and organizational skills, excellent attention to detail, and a commitment to the independent living philosophy.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to engage a diverse and young audience through public speaking experience.
  • Experience with program coordination and implementation.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of computer literacy of Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Publisher.
  • Strong working knowledge of the internet and social media programs.
  • Ability to relate to, communicate with, and respect youth and adults with disabilities, as well as people with diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to use good judgment, discretion, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent attention to detail, while seeing the larger impact.
  • Ability to initiate tasks and work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to accept direction.
  • Ability to problem solve effectively and efficiently.



 Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Employment Specialist will perform the following duties:

Program Development:

  1. Further enhance the program curriculum by editing existing documents, researching existing and new topics related to the program, and ensuring continual content relevance and maintenance of program curriculum.
  2. Ensure all curriculum materials are accessible to those with varying disabilities.
  3. Work closely with Executive Director and program funders during continued development of the curriculum and implement necessary changes.   

Program Coordination/Implementation:

  1. Collaborate through open and clear communication with external agencies, school personnel, statewide groups, and fellow KYEA staff in the planning and implementation of this program.
  2. Plan and manage all details related to the monthly employment trainings, including, but not limited to, lodging, meeting space, agenda, curriculum production, accommodations, supplies, speakers, and volunteers.
  3. Travel to locations throughout Kansas, facilitate workshops, and present on employment readiness to high school students with disabilities. 

Program Follow Up/Evaluation:

  1. Ensure all reports and evaluations are completed and collected from participants, volunteers, and presenters.
  2. Develop and submit monthly reports to contracting agency.
  3. Compile and analyze evaluation results in order to improve the program.  In addition, use results to support recruitment and funding activities.   

Program Sustainability:

  1. Review program processes annually for continued program success. 


  1. Assist with the coordination of KYEA fundraising events.
  2. Maintain positive interaction with youth/young adults, staff, and the community.
  3. Other duties as assigned.



Time Management — Managing one's own time.

Coordination — Adjusting activities in relation to others' activities.

Active listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Public Speaking – Communicating in an engaging and clear way to audiences of 25 or more from diverse populations.


This job description is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, KYEA reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties, and assign other duties as necessary.

KYEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities and minorities are encouraged to apply. This information is available in alternative format upon request. 

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to juliat@kyea.org.