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Employment Specialist

Company: YWCA Seattle - King - Snohomish
Location: Redmond
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Job Description:

YWCA Seattle - King - Snohomish works to increase equity and opportunity in our community through our programs in our Economic Advancement Department, including the Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) program for DSHS Basic Food recipients. The BFET Employment Specialist will work with low income food stamp recipients to transition off of food stamps by providing employment case management, job readiness skills, vocational training, and job placement. This position will work closely with Bellevue College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology (BFET partners, and providers of in-demand training in various sectors), and will target residents of the cities of Bellevue and Kirkland, which funds half of this position.

Additional services provided by the Employment Specialist will include working with employers to develop job opportunities, working with DSHS to coordinate services, assisting clients to improve their housing stability, and providing employment services to the general public at Family Village Redmond. Position will spend at least one day a week on campus at Bellevue College and Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, YWCA has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment. YWCA considers a new hire "fully vaccinated" when at least two weeks have passed after the date the employee received:

  • A second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or
  • A single-dose vaccine, such as the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.This position has a social justice component that will require critical thinking around how external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work, as well as working well in non-white environments and championing anti-racism policy, are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

    • Recruits, interviews, screens, determines eligibility for, enrolls and orients Basic Food recipients into program
    • Provides regular outreach to DSHS, college partners, other service providers in the community
    • Provides regular program orientations and employability workshops
    • Assess client's job readiness, occupational training needs and need for additional community resources and helps develop clear and realistic employment and educational objectives
    • Works as a member of BFET, YWCA Economic Empowerment and Family Village Redmond partner teams
    • Provides clients with support services and/or makes referrals to other community agencies to resolve barriers to employment
    • Provides individual and group job search preparation and training to explore and develop the habits and attitudes needed to be successful in the workplace
    • Coaches clients in developing job skills, resumes, cover letters etc. and provides clients with job search information
    • Refers clients to appropriate occupational training programs and/or contracts for client training
    • Receives referrals from Bellevue College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology and works with students to successfully obtain academic credentials and transition to employment
    • Supports clients in maintaining employment following placement
    • Maintains accurate client files and enters client information into YWCA Client Track and e-JAS databases
    • Completes monthly and quarterly data and narrative reports on program performance and achievement outcomes
    • Will require occasional travel to multiple locations, including YWCA locations in King County, WorkSource offices, college campuses, housing programs, employer locations, and job and resource fairs
    • Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
    • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
    • Attend required safety trainings and meetings; follow all safety and health guidelines, standards, practices, policies and procedures; and actively participate in the agency's Emergency Preparedness program and activities
    • This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position, the level of knowledge and skills typically required and the general scope of responsibility. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals will perform other duties as assigned

      Qualifications & Core Competencies:
      • Bachelor's degree in social services, social work, education, or related field desired. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered
      • One to two years of demonstrated experience required performing work related to client recruitment and enrollment, career assessment and planning, homeless and/or housing services, support services, occupational training, workplace readiness, job placement, records maintenance and outcomes reporting
      • Knowledge of strength-based, client-centered case management practices
      • Understanding of issues related to poverty, homelessness and the governmental, educational, and social service systems that serve low income people
      • Commitment to diversity and ability to work well with diverse family styles and multi-ethnic populations
      • Sensitivity to the needs of YWCA clients who are homeless, low income, limited English speaking, or impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse or other barriers to employment
      • Knowledge of King County labor market, vocational training programs, WorkSource system, and other local resources
      • Strong customer service orientation
      • Oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
      • Demonstrated knowledge and skills of computer competencies including with Windows/Office products: Word, Excel, and Outlook
      • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
      • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
      • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day
      • Core competencies expected: Achievement; Collaboration; Communication; Customer Service; Discernment/Judgment; Fostering Diversity; Initiative; Innovation; Interpersonal skills; Planning & Organizing; Problem Solving; Professionalism, Race & Social Justice Advocacy

        Physical Demands:
        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. In performing this position, the employee:
        • All positions at YWCA Seattle - King - Snohomish are exposed to clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc. As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients
        • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
        • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files, and training materials, occasionally up to 40 lbs.
        • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information, and using computer
        • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers
        • Occasionally stands for long periods of time while conducting training programs or attending job fairs*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

          Hours, Rate & Benefits:
        • Hourly rate: $23.00/hr
        • Regular Full-Time 40 hours per week
        • FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
        • Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
        • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.


Keywords: YWCA Seattle - King - Snohomish, Redmond , Employment Specialist, Human Resources , Redmond, Washington

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