The Vocational and Business Specialist works within a grant-funded program team in the Institute for Policy and Governance to apply vocational coaching and employment barrier alleviation services. Services are provided in support of New River Valley Departments of Social Services Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) and Virginiaâ??s Initiative for Employment not Welfare (VIEW) clients. The Vocational and Business Specialist provides coordinated support services in the areas of supervised job search and placement assistance with guidance and support from Giles or Floyd Department of Social Services as well as support for the CoMPETE (Community Mentoring Partnership for Enrichment, Training and Enrichment) Program Coordinator to meet employment placement and job preparation goals consistent with VIEW program objectives. The Vocational and Business Specialist will perform these responsibilities with supervisory and team support; however, daily functions will require self-direction and an ability to meet goals with limited day-to-day supervision. This position provides ongoing individualized support to VIEW clients to assist the client in obtaining employment as well as build relationships with supporting businesses and agencies, including: â?¢ building job search skills, â?¢ resume preparation, â?¢ hands on job search assistance, â?¢ life skills such as how to arrange transportation and child care needs, and â?¢ outreach and support of business placements for clients in these two grant programs. Other community bases duties include: â?¢interagency (Department of Social Services, New River Community Services, Department of Rehabilitative Services, Court Services , etc.)coordination of services, â?¢community-based employer engagement, and â?¢outreach to build supportive job sites for VIEW and CoMPETE client placement.
Bachelor's degree in human services, social work, human resources or a related field or equivalent work experience; Experience providing vocational and/or employment services; ability to work independently with unemployed clients; Ability to work collaboratively in inter-organizational and interdisciplinary teams; Ability to work effectively and willingly with diverse co-workers, partners and clients and to deal sensitively with multicultural issues and confidentially with personal client data; Willingness to do extensive regional travel on a daily basis, including transportation of clients as necessary.
Experience providing vocational and/or employment services to individuals with significant and/or multiple barriers to employment such as transportation, day care, lack of education and training, behavioral and mental health conditions, etc.; Related experience in human resource management and/or small group training; Knowledge of the New River Valley regional employment market; Knowledge of TANF/VIEW programs and regulations; Knowledge of regional service providers and agencies assisting low-income populations; Understanding of business and industry human resources policies and outreach methods; Knowledge of and relationships with local businesses as related to potential client placement and programmatic support.