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Job Developer (Employment Specialist)

Company: Union Station Homeless Services
Location: Altadena
Posted on: June 11, 2021

Job Description:

TITLE: Job Developer, Sources Career Development


REPORTS TO: Manager, Career Development

Employment Status: Full Time

Reg. Hours Worked: 40 / Week, Non-Exempt

Hourly Pay: $21.63

Who we are:

Union Station Homeless Services, (USHS) is the largest social service agency assisting the homeless, low-income adults, and families of greater San Gabriel valley. We help individuals and families rebuild their lives and end homelessness. We hire excellent staff and provide quality services where people with different perspectives, life experiences, and backgrounds thrive. As we continue to grow, our workforce will represent the communities that we serve. We believe in upholding and extending our inclusive culture where all people can bring their authentic selves to work, feel like they belong and are valued, and work in an environment that celebrates diverse perspectives and experiences.

What youll be doing:

The Job Developer assists candidates with employment barriers in securing stable employment. The Job Developer initiates and maintains ongoing personal contacts with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies to promote participant placement; makes cold calls to potential employers, and provides job placement and retention services.

  • Meet established job placement and retention goals as contractually required.
  • Connect candidates with sustainable job opportunities and placements, vocational training, job retention support, job development (liaising with employers as appropriate), with a focus on employment and income resource connections.
  • Assist with Job Club workshops designed to enhance career development.
  • Develop an individualized Employment Action Plan (EAP) with each candidate served informed by the Employment Assessment.
  • Develop resumes, cover letters, and scripts for clients.
  • Identify potential employers and develop employment opportunities for program participants by committing 5- 7hours per week on developing new sites.
  • Contact employers and collect information detailing qualifications and worksite requirements to ensure success on the job.
  • Refer qualified applicants to employers and arrange interviews
  • Transport participants to interviews, job fairs, and other organizations when necessary.
  • Consult with job sites to identify and modify barriers, negotiate job carving, analyze sites and other job accommodations.
  • Provide extra needed assistance with, understanding performance expectations and compensation.
  • Be a liaison between employers and new employees; providing help to fine-tune performance issues and concerns, and coordinate any additional services required.
  • Connect candidates with basic education and vocational training, where appropriate, as well as unsubsidized and subsidized employment opportunities.
  • Maintain relationships with employers, local job resources, vocational training schools, to ensure effective employment linkage services and access to resources.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of and deep understanding of the three major systems serving jobseekers experiencing homelessness homeless services, public social services, and workforce development, including the Coordinated Entry System (CES), as well as best practices in homeless services, and regional resources.
  • Prepare documentation, forms and reports related to placement activities; track participant activity and progress data in a timely manner
  • Attend and participate in team meetings, staff training sessions, and all-staff meetings as scheduled.
  • Keep calendar updated with events and activities; share the calendar with Manager
  • Connect individuals and families to supportive services as needed such as mental health, medical care, substance abuse, housing, DPSS, Social Security, etc.
  • Documents services and completes data entry into LA CoC Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)/ I-Train database.
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager, Career Development.

What You Bring:

  • Understanding of basic business operations, and hiring processes.
  • Strong knowledge of job search resources, including the Internet and other media.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good public speaking skills; ability to make effective presentations to clients, businesses, and community partners.
  • Knowledge and experience in community and economic development, working in the social services field and/or job development industry.
  • Knowledge of best practices in both employment services and serving people experiencing homelessness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people and organizations.
  • Current California drivers license and access to a vehicle with proof of insurance.
  • Knowledge of the homeless population, substance abuse, and mental health preferred.

Mandatory and Preferred Experience:

  • BA degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Services or a related field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in job development or employment case


  • Recovery Re-Housing Applicants Only
  • Provide retention supports to participants in vocational training, subsidized employment, and unsubsidized employment
  • CESF- FSC Applicants only
  • Ability to work at the 3 FSC sites (Pasadena, Irwindale, and Pomona) to serve the population. Rotate between sites every week.
  • Carry a caseload of 25-30 families.
  • Assist with linking families to outside employment agencies if needed.

If you wish to be the change you would like to see in your community please apply on Union Station Homeless Services Careers site!

Union Station Homeless Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Keywords: Union Station Homeless Services, Burbank , Job Developer (Employment Specialist), Other , Altadena, California

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