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Employer Development Specialist

Location: Davenport
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Job DescriptionThe Safer Foundation is a social service provider to individuals with arrest and conviction records. Through a full range of services, including case management, educational instruction and advocacy, we focus on preparing individuals for the world of work by helping them find and keep productive and meaningful employment. General Summary: The Employer Development Specialist (EDS) for Achieving Change Together and the I-Matter programs (ACT/I-Matter) is responsible for the development of long-term employer relationships. The EDS will develop relationships within relevant sectors and industries, resulting in employment & career path opportunities for Safer's ACT & I-Matter clients. The EDS will develop relationships with associations, unions, key training providers, and employers offering job placements at all levels. The EDS will share their career path knowledge and expertise with clients looking to develop their own realizable career path plans. The EDS will provide Safer Skills Training (SST) to prepare the participant for the workplace as well as help develop a professional resume, cover letter and acknowledgement note. The EDS will also provide mock interview experience to promote participant confidence with the interview process. A valid driver's license and insurance are required and access to a vehicle for job-related travel. The Program Managers for both I-Matter & ACT will collaborate on the supervision of the EDS position with the direct supervision and preparing of performance appraisals (with input from the I-MATTER Program Manager) the responsibility of the ACT Program Manager. The EDS position collaborates with both the I-Matter and ACT teams in facilitating employer and apprenticeship placement opportunities for respective program participants. The EDS position's funding is a combination of the Department of Justice, Second Chance Act, (ACT) and the Department of Labor, Education and Training Administration. (I-Matter) Performance Results Description The Position is performed correctly when all essential duties and responsibilities are executed by following the Safer Values. Exceeding Expectations, Communication and Collaboration, Integrity, and Evidence-Based Innovation. Stakeholder Interface and Service

  • Identify employer partners and implement recruitment efforts to introduce Safer Foundation QC and the benefits of partnering with the organization for hiring needs.
  • Ensure successful employer engagement is maintained as needed for job development, client placement, client retention, and supportive service needs.
  • Strong partnerships cultivated in sectors relevant to identified pathways for specific grant programs and employers who offer living wage employment opportunities.
  • Provide follow-up with employers and develop intervention plans when issues or problems arise with the client or at the worksite.
  • Assist with providing informational orientations targeting specific occupations to eligible candidates.
  • Provide Safer Skills Training (SST), help develop an employment portfolio and conduct mock interviews to help strengthen participant interview skills.
  • Attend Safer internal meetings as requested as well as participating in assigned committees or task groups.
  • Assist other team members as required; create excellent professional relationships via collaboration with all internal QC programs and teams. Stakeholder Outreach and Recruitment
    • Attend presentations to justice partners and other referral sources to introduce program, role within the program, and provide directive for referral process.
      • Conduct recruitment outreach with employers, workforce partners, and the public to assist in client enrollment, training, and career placement.
        • Post program information on social media, hang flyers and deliver leaflets to high traffic areas, including grocery stores, barbershops, churches, etc.
        • Attend community meetings representing Safer and respective programs to network, collaborate on community-wide issues, and participate in training opportunities. Tracking, Documenting, and Reporting
          • Maintain employer data entry in Salesforce within 48 hours of client engagement, including documenting in case notes, qualified job leads, client contact, and follow-up on leads provided.
          • Track all employer contact and submit regular progress reports as requested by supervisor.
          • Ensure files and entry into Salesforce are always audit-ready. Conduct regular Quality Assurance self-audits on files and database. Work with internal quality assurance team and program manager to support on-site internal audits. Make corrective action and program adjustments as necessary to maintain quality expectations. Provide required documentation as requested for internal and external audits.
          • Provide month-end reporting to program manager detailing new employer partners, client placements, interventions, and retentions.
          • Contractual benchmarks are met or exceeded and adhere to all Safer standards, including productivity and outcomes. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
            • Valid driver's license, access to a vehicle, and valid insurance required for job-related travel
            • Knowledge of workforce development activities; knowledge of the sector and employment opportunities relevant to Safer clients
            • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills. Ability to persuade and present information to employers and other Safer constituents in small and large group settings.
            • Knowledge of connecting and placing people in employment that have barriers to employment, managing data, and delivering reports.
            • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook) applications. Education and Experience:
              • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
              • Two years successful experience in developing relationships with employers; excellent sales and presentation skills. Prior sales experience a plus.
              • Experience in building partnerships and reciprocal relationships with stakeholders, customers, and community organizations.
              • Backgrounds similar to the population served are especially desirable. Licenses and or Certifications: No special license or certification is required for this Position Safer Foundation is a drug-free workplace.

                Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Minorities/Females/Veterans

                www.saferfoundation.org Opens a New Window.

                No Phone Calls Please

Keywords: SAFER FOUNDATION, Davenport , Employer Development Specialist, Other , Davenport, Iowa

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