The Interwork Institute is currently interested in hiring two Return to Work Coordinators to work in the Sacramento area.
The Interwork Institute is the research and policy arm of the San Diego State University (SDSU) Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education (ARPE). The ARPE includes three academic degrees: Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Postsecondary Education Leadership, the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and the Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Community College/Postsecondary Education Leadership. The Interwork Institute administers approximately 50 federal grants, state contracts, and other contracts from a wide range of resources. These grants and contracts cover a diverse range of topics, i.e., master’ degree in rehabilitation counseling and in postsecondary education leadership, certificate in rehabilitation administration, capacity building, assistive technology, transition and supported employment, technical assistance and continuing education, statewide needs assessment, workforce education, and community college teaching. The Interwork Institute includes six centers. There is a combination of funding through grants and contracts with the SDSU Research Foundation and the University.
The RETAIN Demonstration Projects are a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in partnership with DOL's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). RETAIN—Retaining Employment and Talent after Injury/Illness Network—projects will test the impact of early intervention strategies that improve stay-at-work/return-to-work (SAW/RTW) outcomes of individuals who experience a work-related disability while employed. Work disability is defined as an injury, illness, or medical condition that has the potential to inhibit or prevent continued employment or labor force participation.
California is one of eight states that successfully competed for RETAIN funding. Other selected states include Washington, Ohio, Vermont, Kentucky, Kansas, Connecticut, and Minnesota. Within California, the project is led by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). The Interwork Institute is working in collaboration with the EDD, the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the Sacramento Employment and Training Administration to develop and operate the project. The project director, public health and training leads, some field staffing as well as other key leadership are located within the Interwork Institute.
Return-to-Work Coordinators (RtW) directly assist workers, employers, and health care providers to coordinate return-to-work and stay-at-work activities for a participating worker with a temporary or permanent disability caused by illness, injury, or medical condition that has the potential to inhibit or prevent continued employment or labor force participation. RtW Coordinators provide case management, track participating worker’s progress towards RtW goals, and coordinate health and employment service delivery. Coordinators will facilitate the RTW process through frequent contacts with participating workers, employers, health care providers, and other stakeholders related to Worker’s Compensation and State Disability Insurance; identification of barriers to returning to work; and accessing resources to resolve these barriers. The RtW services provided directly by the Coordinator and/or through related programs can include functional assessments; referrals to existing training and employment services; helping workers, employers and health care providers set appropriate RtW expectations; and benefits planning. The RtW Coordinator also provides services targeted to employers including training about stay-at-work strategies; working with employers on job-task, workplace modifications, or other accommodations to support ongoing employment of their workers; and facilitating conversation between workers, employers and health care providers.
The duties for the Return to Work Coordinator include:
California RETAIN Team Member Responsibilities – 25%
Other Duties and Responsibilities as Assigned - 5%
Location of Position and Travel Requirements
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation
San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer