Job Seekers:

Customers receiving job-placement services through SES. Each Job Seeker has their own individual abilities and expectations relating to work and their ideal job. SES works with each Job Seeker and matches them to the right employer from within their own community.

Job Developer:

People within SES who work with Job Seekers, and their teams, on an individual basis. Job Developers assess a Job Seekers strengths, skills and interests, and then seek out potential employer’s within the Job Seekers realm of interest and experience. A Job Developer assists Job Seeker’s with making contact with potential employer’s, filling out job applications, and may be present during the Job Seeker’s interview depending on individual need.

Job Carving:

The process in which a Job Developer uses information they’ve learned about a Job Seeker, and works with a potential employer to customize or create a position that fits the Job Seeker’s individual skills and abilities, while also meeting the needs of the employer. This can result in tasks that are often put off or not prioritized, but are still necessary and important, being completed on a more consistent basis. Job carving is sometimes referred to as “customized employment”. Both are a form of individualizing an employment-based relationship between a Job Seeker and an employer in order to meet the needs of both parties. 

Job Coach:

An SES employee who will be present with the Job Seeker at their place of employment. A Job Coach’s purpose is to assist new hires with adapting to their new routines, tasks and job-related expectations. The goal with all Job Coaches is to fade to allow all Job Seekers to work as independently as possible, and to fully integrate into the work culture and environment.


After the Job Seeker has become comfortable with their new routine and tasks, and the employer is satisfied with their work, the Job Coach will begin the process of fading. This involves the Job Coach “fading” into the background and allowing the Job Seeker to work independently more often. For example, a Job Coach may quietly observe the Job Seeker while they work instead of working side-by-side with them to ensure a task is completed. Further into the Job Seeker’s employment career, the Job Coach may only check in with them during their shifts instead of being present throughout the entire shift. SES believes in maximizing and encouraging each Job Seeker’s independence.

Employment First:

Is based on the presumption that working age adults and youth with I/DD can work in jobs fully integrated in the community. Learn More