Employment & Training Specialist
The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter square miles in the city have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Employment & Training Specialist position.
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The Employment & Training Specialist for experienced workers connects older adults primarily 50 years old and above (50+) with employment and training, and other economic safety net services at the WDC and other community partners. The position will provide welcoming, integrated, culturally and linguistically competent and responsive services focused on job seekers' strengths. The incumbent works across programs and partners' services to support the long term economic self-sufficiency of individuals and families. The incumbent will ensure that Alexandria's experienced workers are directed to workforce programs and jobs aligned with their specific needs and skills. The incumbent will coordinate service navigation at entry points for the 50+ population. This position is the primary contact point for referrals from community partners including the Commission on Aging, National Council on Aging, Division of Aging and Adult Services, and other community groups that are working to create better opportunities for older adults in City of Alexandria. As such, the incumbent builds trust and rapport with older adults visiting the center and links them to employment and training resources. In addition, the position works with Alexandria's businesses to create awareness on the benefits of hiring experienced workers and serve as a conduit for employers to access the talent pipeline this population provides.
What You Should Bring
The incumbent should have good knowledge of employment service navigation, senior employment, customer service and workforce development; Ability to understand and assess the education and employment needs of experienced workers; Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing; Proficiency in computer software applications, including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and other data analysis and visualization tools; High personal and professional ethical standards.
Maintains expert level knowledge on services and resources available with collocated and other community partners to effectively guide and help older workers navigate the workforce and human service system in general;
Serves as a lead and main contact person coordinating activities at WDC entry points including the customer service desk and career resource center for the senior population;
Ensures proper gathering, analysis, and utilization of labor market and performance data regarding senior employment to help improve effectiveness and efficiency of services for older adults in Alexandria;
Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external partners and employers in the business community to enhance employment opportunities available to the targeted population;
Plan and execute effective services to meet the needs of businesses by planning and holding hiring events, job fairs, sharing job leads, expanding the utilization of WDC job board, and other platforms;
Expand corporate sponsored and other opportunities for experienced professionals who would like to give back to the community through networking, mentoring, and other engagements;
Interprets federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding employment and training and responds to questions from consumers and the general public;
Implement career readiness workshops and assist in creation of outreach materials (i.e. flyers, monthly electronic newsletter etc.);
Advises WDC staff on a variety of topics such as recognizing abuse/neglect/exploitation among clients, community resources available to older adults looking for employment and training resources;
Serves as Liaison to the Commission on Aging's Economic Development Committee, attending Economic Development Committee monthly meetings;
Makes presentations to various groups in the City;
Performs related work as assigned.
About the Department
The City of Alexandria's Workforce Development Center (WDC), a proud partner of the American Job Center (AJC) network, offers employment and training services to job seekers and staffing solutions to businesses. We support Alexandria's businesses by providing labor market information consultation as well as sourcing candidates who are skilled and ready to work. Job seeker services at WDC include access to a Career Center, career readiness workshops, career assessments and customized hiring events as well as eligibility based financial assistance for vocational training to earn industry recognized credentials in high demand occupations. Minimum & Additional Requirements
Four-Year College Degree with completion of college-level courses in social science, guidance and vocational counseling, human service delivery systems, or a related field; one year of experience in vocational guidance and counseling; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Must have a valid driver's license; At least two (2) years of experience in Employment Resource Navigation, Customer Service, Education and Training Services for economically disadvantaged populations including supporting persons experiencing homelessness with employment services; At least two (2) years of experience in human services and/or employment and training programs; At least one (1) year of experience providing recruitment services to businesses, or developing job leads, organizing job fairs and hiring events for job seekers that resulted in placement and retention outcomes; At least one (1) year of experience using various formal and informal assessment tools and ability to interpret them; At least two (2) years of experience providing case management, trauma informed crisis intervention services, including working with individuals from homeless shelters; Certified as a Workforce Professional or have the ability to earn this credential within 90 days of hire; Some experience working with older adults.
This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to: Criminal Records Check; VA State Child Abuse/Neglect Registry; Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Database; education/certifications; and driver's license.
Schedule: 20 Hours / week; Flexible schedule with the possibility of working additional hours.
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