Employment Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Maximum: $18
Details: $18hr Starting Wage with Competitive Benefits Package




United States


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The Employment Specialist provides direct services to low-income individuals by helping job seekers identify, work toward, and reach their employment goals. Services include individualized coaching, advanced job search strategies, career pathing, resume guidance, interviewing practice, and non-technical skills development. The Employment Specialist conducts community outreach and workshops, both for Hopelink clients and other individuals. The Employment Specialist works collaboratively with employees across the organization and with outside partners to ensure effective support for their clients and maintains membership in the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWPD). This is not a Human Resources position.

This position could be a great fit for anyone with a background as a:

Supported Employment Specialist

Job Coach

Job Developer

Recruiting Coordinator


Talent Acquisitions Specialist

Essential Functions:

  • Conducts client outreach activities.
  • Develops employer relationships.
  • Promotes job placement for clients; advocates for clients to successfully gain and retain employment
  • Coaches clients through job search and job retention efforts.
  • Identifies resources to meet client needs and remove barriers to employment.
  • Develops and conducts workshops and training based on client needs.
  • Develops collaborative relationships within Hopelink and with other service providers in King County.
  • Maintains accurate client records and up-to-date case notes.
  • Engages in ongoing professional development training.
  • Maintains Certified Workforce Development Professional accreditation.
  • Maintains membership in the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
  • Communicates respectfully with people regardless of age, race, gender, religion, color, national origin, marital status, the presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability, sexual orientation, political ideology, gender identity, military status, genetic information, or any other expression of diversity.
  • Maintains a professional and positive working relationship with clients, vendors, volunteers, donors, and fellow staff and adheres to the Hopelink Standards of Conduct.
  • Consistently exhibits regular attendance and punctuality.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • One to three years experience providing employment services or in staff recruiting.
  • Bachelor's degree in business, communication, human services or related field.
  • Certified Workforce Development Professional accreditation or ability to obtain within agreed upon timeframe.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach individuals towards their goals.
  • Outgoing personality; enjoys meeting new people, business networking and public presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with clients, customers, community service providers and businesses.
  • Experience communicating with individuals who have limited English proficiency.
  • Intermediate skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Strong self-initiative and time-management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately enter and manage client/customer data in a database.
  • Proven ability to use web-based tools/resources for career assessment, job search, and resume optimization.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and to excel in highly visible, public settings.
  • Demonstrated willingness to provide accessible services by maintaining flexible schedule in a variety of locations.
  • Demonstrated understanding of local ethnic communities, labor market, local employer base, WorkSource system, social service and education institutions in King County.
  • Ablity to maintain membership in the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWPD)

Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds on a regular basis.
  • Work involves standing, walking, stooping, talking, reaching, sitting, bending, kneeling, climbing, grasping, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, and reaching with hands and arms.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.

Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements:

  • Valid Washington State driver's license.
  • Reliable personal transportation.
  • Proof of personal automobile liability insurance.
  • Must pass Washington State Patrol background check.

Since 1971, Hopelink has served homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in the north and east King County, WA. With service centers in Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline and Sno-Valley (Carnation), we are the largest nonprofit organization in the area. Hopelink programs and services focus on five key areas: food, financial assistance, housing & family development, adult education & employment and transportation/mobility. Programs are aimed at helping people achieve stability, and helping them gain the skills and knowledge they need to exit poverty for good.

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Hopelink is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workplace diversity.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree