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Veterans Employment Specialist


PROGRAM: YWCA Veterans Employment Program

REPORTS TO: Program Manager, WorkSource

LOCATION: WorkSource Affiliate Downtown Seattle                     


The Veterans Employment Specialist will work with veterans who are pursuing employment to find full time, family-supporting employment by providing job search assistance, employment case management, job readiness skills, vocational training referrals, and job placement. The Veterans Employment Specialist will conduct assessments, provide one-on-one job search assistance, make referrals, facilitate job training workshops, and assist veterans with job retention and wage progression after placement. This position will work closely with other veteran service providers at the WorkSource Affiliate Downtown Seattle, including the King County Veteran program and Employment Security Department. This position will also maintain records of clients’ progress, complete reports on demographics and achievement of program outcomes and provide support services as needed. Additional services provided by the Veterans Employment Specialist will include working with employers to develop job opportunities, working with housing providers to coordinate services, and working with the VA and other veteran service providers in the community.

This position has a social justice component that will allow for critical thinking around how the external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Valuing diversity and championing anti-racism policy are core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.                                    


  • Recruits, interviews, screens, determines eligibility for, enrolls, and orients veterans into program
  • Administers assessments and career tools to develop individual employment plans covering participant’s strengths, barriers, job readiness, occupational training needs and need for additional community resources
  • Conduct group and individual orientations and workshops for veterans and facilitate WorkSource workshops with other veteran staff
  • Leads and coordinates peer support groups and job clubs for veterans
  • Provides clients with support services and/or makes referrals to other community agencies to resolve barriers to employment
  • Coaches clients in developing job skills, resumes, cover letters etc. and provides clients with job search information.
  • Refers clients to appropriate occupational training programs and/or contracts for client training.
  • Supports clients in maintaining employment following placement
  • Works closely with program partners including King County Veterans Program, WorkSource, Employment Security Department, and other veterans service providers
  • Develops partnerships with other veterans and employment service providers
  • Works closely with businesses that hire veterans
  • Develop a “veterans hiring toolkit” to increase employer engagement
  • Maintains accurate client files and enters client information into YWCA Client Track and King County MIS systems
  • Completes monthly and quarterly data and narrative reports on program performance
  •  Will require occasional travel to multiple locations, including other WorkSource offices, college campuses, housing programs, employer locations, and job and resource fairs
  • Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems
  • Show demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures.
  • Continuing search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.  Work alongside volunteers, where applicable
  • Assure that volunteers, staff, clients and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background


  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, social work, education, or related field desired. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.
  • One to two years of demonstrated experience required performing work related to client recruitment and enrollment, career assessment and planning, homeless and/or housing services, support services, occupational training, workplace readiness, job placement, records maintenance and outcomes reporting
  • Understanding and/or experience working with veterans
  • Veteran Preferred
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Knowledge of case management practices
  • Knowledge of King County labor market, vocational training programs, WorkSource system, and other local resources.
  • Understanding of issues related to poverty, homelessness and the governmental, educational, and social service systems that serve low income people
  • Sensitivity to the needs of YWCA clients who are homeless, low income, limited English speaking, or impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse or other barriers to employment.
  • Computer familiarity with Windows, Word., Excel, and Outlook
  • Core competencies expected: achievement, collaboration, communication: oral and written, customer service, interpersonal skills, discernment/judgment, fostering diversity, initiative, innovation, interpersonal skills, planning & organizing, Problem solving, and professionalism

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this job, the employee:

  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties in the office and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files, and training materials, occasionally up to 40 lbs.
  • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information, and using computer
  • Occasionally kneels, bends, pushes and pulls in obtaining files in drawers
  • Occasionally stands for long periods of time while conducting training programs or attending job fairs




  • Rate $16.35 to DOE, per hour
  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exemp
  • Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flex accounts and generous retirement, vacation.
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan.  Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.
  • Grant-funded position reviewed regularly for funding availability.


TO APPLY: Please send your resume and cover letter along with the job title included in the subject line to


CLOSING DATE: This position will remain open until filled.


The YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer