putting your Coaching
Skills to Work

Have An Interest In Joining Our Team As a Job Coach or an Employment Specialist?

Qualifications and Expectations

Have an Impact and Support People to Gain Integrated Employment!

  • Transportation is must 
  • Positions are part time
  • Must have technology experience
  • Must be able to complete to the Direct Care Worker training, Article 9, CPR, and 1st AIDE
  • Must pass a Background Check and Fingerprint Clearance

Our goals

  • Advocate and support all individuals with a disability to obtain integrated, meaningful, and sustainable employment
  • Provide Customized Employment
  • Provide on the job supports to members and employers
  • Provide opportunities for people with disabilities to experience professional relationships within an employment setting
  • Provide exposure, preparedness, and training for employment in a classroom and/or community environment
  • Educate and provide outreach to businesses on the benefits of employing people with disabilities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with current and potential employers
  • Partner with community organizations and high schools


Follow Our Philosophy

 We take a holistic approach to supporting a person on their employment and/or journey to independence. “Life without Limits for All!” We follow Employment First Principles and customized employment practices. We also encourage self determination in each other and of our members.

We also value customer service and truly focus on providing quality services to our members and employers that we do business with. 

We do not enable or HAND OUT jobs. Jobs are earned if a person wants to work!

Support Person Centered practices

We incorporate Person Centered Practices in all of our sessions and classroom settings. We believe a person needs a strong foundation built on feeling a sense of ownership of their lives, feeling supported as a “Real” person – a human being with needs, wants and desires, and having choices on what that may look like.

Practice Self Determination

We expect all of our employees to practice self – determination for themselves and encourage this philosophy in the members and students in WorkAbility

Build PArtnerships

We expect all of our employees to participate in building partnerships and breaking down the barriers to employment for people with disabilities

Exhibit Professionalism

We expect our coaches to follow the mission, policies and procedures, work ethic, Employment First principles, and overall philosophy of the WorkAbility program and UCP of Southern AZ. 

Coaches Corner

We are proud of our team! Here is our quarterly staff profile. 

This month’s spotlight is on Sonni Finch. 

Sonni is finishing her nursing degree at NAU this year. She has shown an enormous amount of commitment to assisting individuals with disabilities find competitive employment. Sonni is passionate about this work and has gone above and beyond in her commitment to finding employment for our members.  We are excited to recognize all her hard work and “Putting our coaches abilities to work”.


Carving and Customizing Jobs

Job carving and customizing may need to happen occasionally for some of our members. We like to think its an amazing opportunity to partner with businesses in order to meet their needs and cut down on retention and the cost of recruitment. WorkAbility coaches may be doing some carving and customizing when they are developing.

Here is a great video showcasing how this coffee shop carved and customized one of their jobs for a job seeker!

Go to ODEP for more info on Customized Employment  

Good Job Development and coaching

What Does Good Job Development and Coaching Look Like? 
  • Meeting the person where they are
  • Provide Customized Employment
  • Supporting people to match up with a job that fits their skill set, interests, and culture
  • Assessing skills and abilities and teaching people to self assess
  • Follow code ethics 
  • Building, educating, and maintaining relationships with employers
  • Demonstrate and practice professionalism in all areas
  • Maintain relationships with state funding agencies and school districts
  • Understand the employment landscape and legislation of Arizona
  • Understand the Work Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Americans Disability Act (ADA) 
 Andres — Topgolf
Contact Us at workability@ucpsa.org