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Career Development Specialist

San Jose

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: San Jose
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date:

Job Overview: Under the supervision of the Career Development Coordinator, the Career Development Specialist will work together with the larger Economic Empowerment Team through an integrated approach to help refugees to thrive financially in the U.S.  The goal for CareerLink Program is assisting refugee clients to move beyond entry-level jobs and gain employment in their professional field, with a focus on Hospitality, Healthcare, Finance, and Tech sectors. Specifically, the Specialist ensures career counseling, job search assistance, enrollment in post-secondary and certification programs, networking opportunities, and coordinating additional services tailored to individual client needs. The Career Development program is particularly focused on empowering the career advancement of refugee women.

Major Responsibilities:

·       Carry a caseload of 75 CareerLink Program clients per year, providing them with one-on-one career counseling; this includes service planning, goal setting, resource mapping, supporting job search activities, and referrals to employer contacts.

·       Offer curricula and offerings for career sector tracks, and modify on an ongoing basis.

·       Complete assessments to gauge client strengths, weaknesses, and proficiencies.

·       Work with skilled volunteers, community members, and employer contacts to train clients through workshops and trainings on topics such as professional speaking, email correspondence, and interviewing.

·       Ensure the development and delivery of trainings in U.S. business culture for clients in both tracks.

·       Document client participation and progress, adhering to grant requirements.

·       Ensure accurate and timely reporting of career development services data to donors and all relevant parties

·       Participate in all-staff/ program meetings.

·       Other related duties as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Career Development Coordinator
Indirect Reporting:  
Site Director
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Staff in financial and economic empowerment programs.

External:  Community partners in financial and economic empowerment programs.

Job Requirements:

·       Undergraduate degree; ideally in Social Work or an equivalent field of study; comparable related work experience may be substituted.

·       Demonstrated relevant work experience (in addition to the above) in human services field; preferably in a non-profit or social services agency environment; Experience should include providing direct service to underserved communities. Prior experience working with refugee populations preferred.

·       Experience in a non-profit or social services setting is an advantage.

·       Attention to detail and ability to organize and track large amounts of information efficiently and accurately

·       Familiarity with or association with employers and vocational training programs in San Jose highly desirable.

·       Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·       Strong computer skills, particularly Word and Excel.

·       Ability to work independently, be a self-starter and maintain responsibility for multiple tasks.

·       Proficiency in a language such as Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Tigrinya or Arabic is an asset.

·       Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area.

Working Environment:  

·       Standard office work environment coupled with regular travel in and around the service delivery area.

·       Reoccurring need to provide services outside of traditional work hours (evenings and weekends).

COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementIn 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 new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions.  All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and InclusivityIRC 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 EmployerWe are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. 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.

US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits.  In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles. 



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