The Employment Assistant will support employment staff to manage employment orientation, job readiness classes and placement of newly arrived refugees who seek employment. This position will assist employment staff in supporting IRC clients and employers post-placement, and actively seek out new employers. This is a temporary, part-time position, to be to be located in the IRC SeaTac Office . The position reports to the Employment Specialist.
- Employment counseling: Assist employment staff with counseling clients on employment goals and opportunities. Assist with Job Readiness classes.
- Employment program orientations: Conduct pre-employment assessments of employment program candidates, and orientations for new enrollees. Work with clients and employment staff to create resumes for each job-seeker.
- Outreach: Assist employment staff to identify appropriate employment opportunities by contacting previous employers or current employers of IRC clients.
- Job Placement: Take refugees to potential places of employment, assist in preparation of applications, and, if appropriate, participate in job interview process. Help familiarize clients with appropriate workplace vocabulary as well as bus routes and stops to ensure successful job start and increase chances of retention.
- Post Placement: Assist Employment Specialists in monitoring job performance, wage level and employer satisfaction with newly placed clients, and in managing post- placement problems and clients’ continuing employment needs.
- Documentation: Manage and maintain accurate and up-to-date files, case notes, and supporting documents required for employment case files.
- Assist Employment Specialist and case workers in maintaining client case records.
- Coordination: Communicate regularly with employment program staff and case workers through regular staff meetings and consultations with staff and clients.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with limited English speakers.
- Strong knowledge of U.S. employment processes, including on-line job applications.
- Willingness to contact potential employers by “cold-calling” in order to introduce refugee hiring of new businesses.
- Ability to work independently and to advocate tactfully for clients. Ability to maintain accurate records regarding individual clients and contract requirements.
- WA Driver’s License, with properly insured vehicle (to be used regularly).
- Strong attention to detail, flexible, reliable, responsible and a self-starter.
- Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred.
- Experience working with refugee populations or living in foreign culture desirable.
- Refugee language desirable
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