Program Area: All
Reports to: Director of Programs
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
GENERAL SUMMARY: The Center for Women in Transition assists women in the criminal justice system in making a successful transition to their families and communities through practicing and promoting restorative practices. The Employment Specialist is a full time position (40 hours/week) responsible for assisting the Center for Women in Transition’s clients as they enhance their employment opportunities by providing individual and group instruction and supportive activities, and by connecting clients to community resources. This position is also part of the Schirmer House and Baker House case management teams and works with each team to ensure successful delivery of services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Conduct an initial needs assessment upon intake for each client entering client programs focused on education and literacy levels, employment history, barriers to employment, and personal goals.
- Develop an individualized employment plan with each client based on assessment outcomes.
- Assist clients with developing job seeking skills such as job readiness interviewing, application completion, resume development, and job retention.
- Develops classes and programs to enhance the skills and capacities of clients.
- Provide and/or link clients to educational, vocational, or job readiness training programs, as appropriate.
- Spend time in the community making employer contacts, making presentations, and following up on contacts to secure employment opportunities.
- Assist clients in job searches and job readiness by developing partnerships with employment services and employers in the community who are willing to hire formerly incarcerated.
- Assist clients with job interview preparation including transportation and suitable clothing.
- Provide retention services through regular contact with the client and the employer, both in person and by phone.
- Track client progress on goals and complete all agency paperwork and documentation in a timely manner and according to agency timelines.
- Participates in trainings and staff development opportunities.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Education: Bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, criminal justice administration, sociology, psychology, or closely related field; Master’s preferred.
- Minimum of two years of work experience working with formerly incarcerated females, women with addictions, and/or other at-risk populations.
- Must demonstrate ability to teach women with low income and educational background and those with addictive behaviors.
- Must have basic computer knowledge, including proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, and sufficient internet proficiency to aid the clients in accessing online resources.
- Must show willingness to work with women reentering society from jail/prison in the community and in a residential setting.
- Previous training in trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, mental health first aid, and conflict resolution preferred. Must have an understanding of trauma and the impacts of trauma on adults.
- Must be able to accurately complete necessary documentation.
- Must have experience building and maintaining relationships and partnerships; re-entry related experience preferred.
- Must have a responsible and flexible attitude; good problem solving and conflict management skills; a caring, compassionate, and patient demeanor; and the ability to set and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries.
- Must demonstrate respectful and effective communication skills with people from a variety of backgrounds and ability to interact in a positive, respectful manner with others, especially clients and co-workers.
- Must have good problem solving and conflict management skills and the ability to set and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries.
- Must be able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate scheduling needs of clients.
- Ability to drive, valid driver’s license, and safe driving record.
- Ability to demonstrate good finger/hand dexterity for typing, sorting, filing etc.
- Ability to demonstrate the physical stamina to do some walking and stair climbing; moderate pushing, pulling, kneeling, stooping, bending, and lifting.
- Ability to work under stress.
- Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends.
To apply, send a resumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.