Job Description: WIOA Employment Specialist
Workforce Development Board
General Description: The WIOA Employment Specialist will assist WIOA-registered jobseekers in obtaining and retaining appropriate employment. The Employment Specialist will work to build relationships with local employers and to develop employment opportunities for WIOA-registered participants through subsidized and non-subsidized employment.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
- Job search and placement assistance through utilization of various innovative resources.
- Knowledge of current local hiring trends.
- Develop On-the-Job Training (OJT) contracts with regional employers.
- Refer job seekers to various job-readiness programs/workshops as appropriate.
- Refer job seekers to partner agencies as appropriate to address any barriers to successful employment.
- Follow individuals for twelve months after they obtain employment.
- Maintain documentation to support individual employment plans and progress made.
- Maintenance of internal computer database for tracking WIOA participants.
- Assist in identification of services needed for registered WIOA participants within Region VII.
- Work closely with WorkForce WV Career Center staff and WIOA career coaches to identify employment possibilities for WIOA funded participants.
- Assist in planning of One-Stop Business Service Team (BST) meetings.
- Make presentations to community organizations, agencies, businesses, or other organizations regarding On-the-Job Training programs or other subsidized employment programs.
- Provide support to WDB committees.
- Attend meetings described as essential to the provision of Workforce Development initiatives in the Region as well as meetings or conferences aimed at professional development.
- Provide accurate and timely reports to the WDB One-Stop Director.
- Other duties as assigned by the WDB One-Stop Director.
The position will report to the One-Stop Director of the Region VII Workforce Development Board.
- Bachelor’s Degree in education, social services, public administration, business or a related field preferred.
- Knowledge of federal and state laws governing the provision of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act services.
- Experience working with community and educational organizations.
- Experience in job developing.
- Experience in job search coaching.
- High energy and ability and patience to engage others.
- Ability to communicate, orally and in writing, with a diverse culture of individuals.
- Ability to work independently and in groups. Must be a self-starter.
- Knowledge of computer programs; specifically, Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
- Travel throughout the regional area as well as travel to state activities and some out-of-state activities related to Workforce Development.
- Five years working experience in social work, employment and training programs, or youth programs can be substituted for Bachelor’s Degree.
- Be able to interpret federal, state and local policies and procedures for the delivery of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act services.