Company: New River Community Action Inc
Posted on: May 16, 2022
This position is directly responsible to the VA CARES Case Manager.
The Employment Specialist is responsible for client employment
services. Works with area employers to ensure Virginia CARES
clients find self-sustaining employment.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Establishes contacts with prospective new employers.
- Maintains contact with existing employers.
- Facilitates employment relationship between employers and
- Assists participants enrolled in program to seek and/or obtain
- Develops relationships with temporary employers and/or
temporary employment agencies, when applicable.
- Strives to meet program placement goals.
- Meets with employers to market Virginia CARES, develops ongoing
relationships, and develops job placement opportunities for
- Forms working relationships with community employment services
and resources, including Virginia Employment Commission, Disability
Rehabilitative Services of Virginia, local Chambers of Commerce and
the Virginia Workforce Investment Board.
- Conducts employment group sessions and classes.
- Recruits community volunteers to participate in job readiness
- Counsels participants on career planning and administers career
study/aptitude tests to determine client interests and skill
- Counsels participants on job seeking skills.
- Maintains an ongoing list of employers and job openings sharing
the same with participants. Posts job openings in CARES
- Assists participants with employment needs, supplying clothing
and accessing assistive technology resources when
- Assists participants in obtaining appropriate employment
- Assists participants with approved transportation
- Conducts employment follow-ups in a timely manner.
- Maintains complete participant files.
- Inputs required employment information in CARES data system at
baseline, six months during program participation, and six months
- Participates fully in staff meetings and training experiences
as deemed necessary by supervisor and/or VA CARES.
- Completes documentation and submits all appropriate paperwork
and reports as required.
- Works within required state and federal guidelines; follows
agency policies/procedures in all areas.
- Maintains confidentiality of client records and information.
Treats all individuals courteously and with dignity and respect.
Establishes rapport and a good working relationship with each
- Must comply with inventory policies and procedures for site of
- Professionally represents NRCA and VA CARES in the
- Personally reports to Department of Social Services all
suspected child, aged or incapacitated adult abuse and neglect as
required by law and document accordingly. The Commonwealth of
Virginia mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse and
neglect within 24 hours to the local DSS. Informs supervisor of all
reports to Department of Social Services.
- Performs all other duties that advance the philosophy and goals
of the program and NRCA as deemed necessary by the supervisor.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Ability and desire to work well with offenders and ex-offenders and
work with individuals/families of various cultures from low-to
middle-income backgrounds, especially those who have mental
illness, addiction, and/or domestic violence issues. Approach to
working with clients that is empathic, nonjudgmental, respectful,
Demonstrated ability to instruct adults in job seeking and
retention skills, including resume writing and conflict
Good communication skills required.
Ability to work independently.
Must have a willingness and ability to utilize computer to meet
essential job requirements. Must have ability to fluently use or
learn to use Microsoft Office, NRCA online database and VA CARES
Must maintain regular attendance and perform job duties and
responsibilities in a satisfactory manner. Notifies supervisor by
7:30 am if unable to report to work.
Prior to employment, the applicant must sign authorizations for
NRCA to perform DMV and Criminal Record Checks to demonstrate that
a satisfactory driving record and no pending or founded charges or
convictions related to abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of
children or adults (or other felony or misdemeanor charges which
would conflict with the mission and philosophy of the agency).
Driving is an essential function for this position. Must possess
valid driver's license and safe driving record. Must be able to
drive up to 4 hours per day, but may be required to drive more than
4 hours in a given day. Some night/overnight driving may be
required for out of town trainings or meetings.
If agency vehicle is unavailable, must have vehicle with valid
inspection and insurance meeting minimum state requirements
available for travel within the New River Valley, and in
pre-approved cases outside the New River Valley. Mileage reimbursed
Education and Experience Requirements:
An Associate Degree in human services field plus one year related
experience with human service agency or program.
- Working knowledge of state employment regulations and human
resource policies preferred.
- Training and experience in employment services and facilitating
Hourly, non-exempt position. Full-time, 40 hours per week, with
full benefits. Starting pay between $14.83 and $18.54 based upon
education and experience.
NRCA conducts pre-employment criminal background, and driving
record checks. Possession of a valid driver's license and a good
driving record is required. Pre-employment drug testing and an
employment physical are required.
Application Deadline: March 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm or until the
position is filled. USDA is an equal opportunity provider,
employer, and lender. EEO/AA
Keywords: New River Community Action Inc, Roanoke , Employment Specialist, Human Resources , Christiansburg, Virginia
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