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Afghan Placement and Assistance Employment Specialist

Glendale (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Glendale (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview:

The Employment Specialist is responsible for effectively administering services aimed at attaining self-sufficiency through employment for refugees and immigrants who are new to the U.S. Under the supervision of the Employment Supervisor, the Employment Specialist provides services to program participants and works closely with employers, community organizations, service providers, and other IRC staff to facilitate job readiness and job placement among program participants. The position is also responsible for documenting activities and outcomes and supporting program compliance.

Major Responsibilities:

Employment Services

·Provide intensive employment services to program participants.

·Facilitate intake, assessment, and pre-employment orientation for individuals eligible for IRC employment services and cash assistance programs.

·Develop comprehensive employment and self-sufficiency plans for each employable adult and enrolled family members.

·Assist program participants in creating a budget and offer strategies for budget improvements.

·Identify specific employment opportunities appropriate for individual participants and assist participants in pursuing these opportunities by guiding them through the application, interview, and hiring process

·Maintain detailed and timely case notes and documentation throughout service period

·Monitor and document job performance, wage level, and employer/employee satisfaction post job placement for reporting and compliance purposes.

·Troubleshoot individual barriers to employment, working across IRC teams to collaborate on solutions.

Employer Relations

·Develop and cultivate strong relationships with area employers in order to develop and identify appropriate employment opportunities for program participants.

·Provide participants and employers with post-placement support, as needed.

Compliance Documentation

·Monitor and track participant job performance and wage levels as required by program funder.

·Gather required documentation and data for case files throughout service period and to support case closeout procedures.

·Ensure timely and accurate compliance to all reporting requirements, including database management, case noting, and file maintenance.

Team/Office Participation

·Work as part of a team to provide comprehensive, strength-based services to IRC participants through coordination of cases and effective communication between team members and departments.

·Participate in all program meetings, and staff development and wellness activities.

·Comply with all policies, procedures, and protocols of the agency.

Other duties as assigned

Key Working Relationships:

Position Report:Employment Supervisor
Position Directly Supervises:
Interns/Volunteers a

Internal: Coordination with all internal departments is required

External: Local employer partners, community and stakeholder partners, religious and faith-based communities, DES, law enforcement, schools.

Job Requirements:

·Relevant degree or equivalent professional or lived experience.

·Relevant work experience in workforce development, human services field, experience working with refugees and/or immigrants.

·Lived experience as a refugee or immigrant is preferred.

·Experience with U.S. job search, interview, placement, and work experience.

·Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.

·Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member.

·Self- starter with excellent problem-solving skills combined with the proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively.

·Professional proficiency in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in a language spoken by the local refugee population strongly preferred.

·Highly organized and capable of keeping up with administrative requirements.

·Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook).

·Valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle with current insurance and ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area. Ability to drive a 15 passenger van, as needed.

·Commitment to anti-racism and ongoing learning

Working Environment:

·Current remote work

·A combination of standard office work environment and regular travel within the service delivery area.

·Night and weekend work, as needed.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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