WIOA Employment Specialist – Workforce Development Board

WIOA Employment Specialist – Workforce Development Board

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.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • 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.

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