Employment Specialist - East Bay

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities. Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that lasts beyond the battlefield, our mission is to heal the wounds of war and to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to end homelessness and poverty among those we serve. To learn more about Swords to Plowshares, please visit our website at

Job Title 

Employment Specialist 

Employment Type 

Non-Exempt, Full-time 


Monday - Friday 

8:00am – 4:00pm 


The Employment Specialist recruits and enrolls veterans for Employment & Training services, developing recruitment and implementation plans, and performs community outreach and making presentations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Employment Specialist provides assessments, case management, information and referral, and job counseling to assist veterans reintegrating into the civilian workforce. Employment Specialists coordinate with Job Developers for job placement and/or occupational training programs in accordance with contract goals. 

Roles and Responsibilities  

  • Assess and counsel veterans for job readiness 
  • Develop Individual Employment Plans (IEP’s) with veteran clients to assess barriers to employment, and identify individual veteran client service needs 
  • Determine client eligibility for federal/state employment and training programs 
  • Maintain veteran participant caseload and make necessary referrals to additional services as appropriate, including counseling on mental health issues, legal advocacy, job readiness workshops, and pre-employment training 
  • Provide support services, including liaison or linkages with advocacy programs for VA benefits and other entitlements, personal counseling services, and community programs for the homeless and/or unemployed 
  • Maintain concise and up-to-date client files, including required documentation and weekly case/progress notes, thorough and accurate completion and execution of paperwork in a timely manner 
  • Participate in weekly/monthly staff meetings and prepare reports and statistical data as needed for submission 
  • Perform any other employment related tasks as identified and delegated by the Employment Director, and Program Manager 



  • Bachelor’s degree in social work or behavioral sciences 
  • Equivalent combination of college course work and experience 


  • Three (3) years of experience providing vocational and/or pre-employment counseling and case management in a multi-service setting 
  • Translatable military experience and skills may be alternatively substituted 


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills 
  • Proactive, detail-oriented, reliable, exercises good judgment 
  • Basic computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office 


  • Knowledge of federal and state government employment programs a plus 
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines while maintaining a professional composure 
  • Extremely tactful and diplomatic when dealing with people 
  • Ability to articulate and facilitate presentations in a public speaking forum 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and interact well with people from diverse economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds 
  • Ability to sit for prolonged periods 
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks 
  • Ability to travel within the San Francisco Bay area and perform case management and outreach functions at various sites and provide proof of auto insurance 
  • Employee must be able to perform all functions of this position within what would be deemed reasonable accommodations 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of personalities and be comfortable working with an at-risk client population, including embracing the agency’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative 

Salary & Benefits 

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits: 

  • Excellent medical and dental packages 
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution 
  • 17 vacation days in the first year 
  • 12 holidays every year 
  • Wellness program 

About Swords to Plowshares 

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to veterans in the…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


1060 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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