IRC Background: The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has 26 offices in the United States and a presence in over 40 countries.
Scope of Work: The Employment Specialist provides short-term support to the Matching Grant program’s employment activities, which helps refugees and other qualified immigrants attain self-sufficiency through employment, in accordance with cooperative agreement requirements and other obligations. The Employment Specialist develops relationships with local employers, identifies employment opportunities for enrollees in the Matching Grant program, guides enrollees through the application process and otherwise supports full-time, permanent staff working on the Matching Grant program. This position reports to the Economic Empowerment Program Manager.
- Perform post-arrival assessments to determine best client fit for employment support.
- Providing intake, assessment, and pre-employment/job readiness orientation to clients eligible for employment services.
- Developing comprehensive employment plans for each employable adult.
- Providing both group and one-on-one intense job readiness orientations that provide clients with the basic skills required to enhance their employability.
- Developing and cultivating long term relationships with area employers in order to identify appropriate employment opportunities for clients.
- Determining specific employment opportunities appropriate to clients and assisting clients in accessing these opportunities by guiding them through the hiring process.
- Monitoring job performance, wage level, and employer/employee satisfaction.
- Assisting clients and employers as necessary with post placement issues and continuing employment needs.
- Ensuring timely and accurate compliance to all reporting and filing requirements.
- Collaborate with internal staff including R&P and casework staff, Financial Education Specialist, donations coordinator, and volunteers
- Works closely with Employers, Community Partners, Government Agencies
- Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and fully engaged as a member of the team
- Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency
- Other related duties as assigned
- Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning; preferably in Public Administration, Social Services, Finance, Business or related field preferred. Comparable work experience may be substituted.
- 2+ years of related professional experience; preferably in a social services or employment services preferred
- 1+-plus years of experience in a job placement position preferred
Skills; Capabilities & Knowledge :
- Knowledge of the employment marketplace in the SLC area strongly desired
- Experience with the processes, tools and techniques of job search in the US context
- Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multicultural environment
- Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to exercise independent judgment responsibly
- Excellent problem-solving skills and the abilities to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively
- Fluency in spoken and written English is required; additional knowledge of other target population languages a plus
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and internet navigation and research; database experience preferred
- Valid driver’s license, reliable personal vehicle with current insurance and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service area
- Standard office environment coupled with travel in and around the service delivery area
- Work outside of traditional office hours may be required on occasion