Thursday, March 12, 2015

Employment Navigator-Catholic Community Services

Employment Navigator
Date Open:
Date Closed:
Nativity House
Reports to:
Program Supervisor
Full time w/benefits
Starting Salary/Hourly Rate:
$15.89 - $17.54 DOE

Program Description:

Catholic Community Services, Homeless Adult Services (HAS) is the largest provider of adult homeless services in Tacoma, Washington. Nativity House (NH), a program of HAS, is the central hub to serve homeless adults in the Pierce County region.   It operates 24-hour/7-day a week, offering services (emergency shelter, meals, systematic outreach, Rapid Rehousing, Mental Health and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment, Employment Services, Spiritual Support, 50 units of permanent supportive housing, etc.) to meet the basic needs of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
Position Description:

This staff member is responsible for the overall coordination of the Employment Lab and will cultivate business relationships within the greater Pierce County region that relate to the program’s four focus areas. The Employment Navigator focuses on strategies designed to make a difference in the lives of individuals with multiple barriers to employment and economic self-sufficiency. As an Employment Navigator, you will help program participants one-on-one and in group settings increase their employability, find gainful employment, and ultimately strengthen their financial stability.
Essential Functions:
·   Support participant in ongoing development of Individualized Education and Career Plan from interests and skills assessments with clear education and/or employment goals, while identifying barriers and their solutions.
·   Do an Employability Assessment to determine clients’ strengths and areas of needed improvement.
·   Support participants who are approaching graduation from the Employment Lab with job placement in the community.
·   Track progress of the Individualized Education and Career Plan and support participants while facilitating advancement and career progression.
·   Facilitate workshops such as basic computer skills, resume writing, job search and interviewing skills, as well as connect program graduates to potential employers for job placement.
·   Link participants to community-based employment support services, education/training providers, career and industry information, and employment opportunities.
·   Remain current with local job market and community resources.
·   Provide support and training one-to-one as well as small group settings as needed for success.
·   Work collaboratively with other HAS staff, local colleges, social services providers, industry representatives, and employers to assist HAS guess with successful reintegration back into the workforce.
·   Recruit and coordinate volunteers to support participants in their employment activities
·   Research prospective employers and identify the potential for matching them with program participants
·   Assist team members with ongoing continuous quality improvement to enhance program operations, including problem solving, helping to develop program systems or procedures, or participating in team workgroups.
·   Other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Human Services, Social Work or a related field; experience in related field will be accepted in lieu of degree.
  • Minimum of two years of case management experience working in social work, employment or human services.
  • Detail oriented and can perform organizational duties with a high level of accuracy.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage and educate.
  • Demonstrate quality communication and listening skills.
  • Ability to support and maintain an environment that honors cultural awareness and competency.
  • Ability to support the missions set forth by each program and their parent organizations CCS/CHS as well as the mission of the Catholic Church.
  • Applicant must successfully pass required background checks prior to an offer of employment.
·         Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and automobile insurance.
·         Must have an acceptable driving record per CCS’ driving policy, (required to provide current driving abstract)
  • Willingness to learn and work well in a team environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge, and skills, to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in multi-cultural situations.
  • Support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services.
  • Masters degree in a psychology, social work, or related field.
  • 3–5 years’ experience with individuals experiencing homelessness.
  • Knowledge and experience in faith-based settings.
  • Experience organizing schedules.
Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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