Career Development Specialist

International Rescue Commitee

About the organization

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC in Wichita resettles approximately 300 newly-arrived refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship.

Duties

· Conduct pre-enrollment assessments with clients including the creation of career development plans detailing a client’s long-term career goals and a step-by-step plan for its achievement.

· Provide ongoing case management.

· Ensure timely and accurate compliance to all reporting requirements; document services provided and client outcomes in relevant case management databases.

· Monitor and track client job performance and wage levels.

· Maintain accurate and up-to-date case files documenting client goals, activities, and services.

· Provide one-on-one assistance to help clients prepare their resumes, look for appropriate job opportunities, and practice interview skills.

· Develop and cultivate relationships with employers who offer suitable job opportunities for clients.

· Assist clients and employers as necessary with post-placement issues and continuing employment needs.

· Conduct primary outreach for client enrollment into Career Development programming.

· Conduct regular outreach to industry-specific training providers to secure training opportunities for program participants.

· Conduct financial assessments for clients and assist in securing financial aid and funding for education programs.

· Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education:

· Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field of study; or equivalent work experience

Work Experience:

· Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in human services field preferred

· Workforce development experience preferred

· Experience in a non-profit setting and prior experience working in employment services a plus

· Experience working in a diverse, and non-traditional setting with diverse client base

Demonstrated Skills & Competencies:

· Success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment

· Proven ability to contribute both independently and as a key team member

· Self- starter with excellent problem-solving skills combined with the proven ability to multi-task, prioritize duties, and manage time effectively

· Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Language Skills:

· Fluent in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in a language spoken by the local refugee population is desired

Working Environment:

· A combination of standard office environment and ‘field’ time in and around the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities

· May require occasional weekend and/or evening work

· Valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle with current insurance

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