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Employment Navigator, Employment Housing Stability Program
#17-1202

POSITIONS: 1 Full Time position

REPORTS TO: Program Manager of Economic and Employment Services

LOCATION: WorkSource Renton, YWCA South King County Regional Center, Opportunity Place.                       

SUMMARY:

The Employment Navigator will work with homeless and near homeless families and individuals to stabilize housing, obtain job readiness skills, connect to WorkSource resources, and obtain employment. This position will enroll clients into the YWCA’s Employment and Housing Stability (EHS) program, which is funded by the King County Veteran and Human Services levy. The Employment Navigator will conduct assessments, provide job training workshops, and assist clients with job retention, wage progression and money and time management skills. The Employment Navigator will 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 Employment Navigator will include working with employers to develop job opportunities, working with housing providers to coordinate services, working with WIA and other WorkSource staff at WorkSource offices to co-enroll clients, conducting a “Career Circle” job club, teaching employability workshops, and working with other service providers in King County.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with community partners to recruit and screen applicants to determine eligibility followed by enrollment and orientation.
  • Assess client’s job readiness, occupational training needs and need for additional community resources and helps develop clear and realistic employment and educational objectives.
  • Position requires networking and maintaining contact with representatives of other social service providers and housing providers, including YWCA housing, Catholic Community Services, South King County Multi-Service Center, Vine Maple Place and other providers
  • Provide clients with support services and/or make referrals to other community agencies to resolve barriers to employment
  • Provide individual and group job search preparation and training to explore and develop the habits and attitudes needed to be successful in the workplace
  • Coach clients in developing job skills, resumes, cover letters, etc., and provide clients with job search information.
  • Assist clients with job readiness, wage progression, housing stability and money management goals
  • Maintain accurate client files and enter client information into YWCA Client Track, King County demographic reports, e-JAS, and the Self Sufficiency Calculator
  • Complete monthly and quarterly data and narrative reports on program performance
  • Co-enroll EHS clients into the Basic Food Employment & Training program by submitting information to DSHS
  • Will be required to travel to multiple locations to meet with clients, including housing sites
  • Will be required to provide WorkSource core services including job seeker walk-ins and occasional trainings
  • May also assist in the development and delivery of Dependable Strengths training and trainings on serving homeless families. Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Incorporate the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in institutions.
  • Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring.
  • Assure that clients, residents, staff, volunteers and community partners are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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, support services, occupational training, workplace readiness, job placement, records maintenance and outcomes reporting
  • 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
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • 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.
  • Commitment to social justice.   Ability to work to eliminate the effects of racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other oppressions and help our clients achieve equitable outcomes.
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty.
  • Oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Computer familiarity with Windows, Word, Excel, and Outlook, databases and ability to use online tools such as Microsoft Sharepoint  and Survey Monkey
  • Candidate must be able to travel independently between multiple work sites within a day.
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core competencies expected: Achievement; Collaboration; Communication; Customer Service; Discernment/Judgment; Fostering Diversity; Initiative; Innovation; Interpersonal skills; Planning & Organizing; Problem Solving; Professionalism, Race & Social Justice Advocacy

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 position, 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

*Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

BENEFITS, HOURS, RATE:

  • $16.28 to $19.54, per hour, DOE
  • Full time, 40 hours per week
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt.
  • Pro-rated cafeteria benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flex accounts and generous retirement, vacation.
  • Grant-funded position reviewed regularly for funding availability.

TO APPLY: Please email your resume and cover letter to hedwards@ywcaworks.org. Please include where you found this posting in your application (HR purposes only).

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled 

YWCA Seattle|King|Snohomish is an equal opportunity employer