West Hills Community College District
Employment Readiness Specialist
Location: Mendota Office
12 months/32 hours a week
Schedule: Tuesday-Friday 8am-5pm
(This position is contingent on grant funding)
No unit member may seek a transfer until he/she has satisfactorily completed his/her probationary period in his/her position.
Provides career and training assessment, advising, and services in job training and job search preparation for student-job seekers. Develops education/training plans designed to enable student-job seekers to be employment-ready, self-sufficient, and competitive in the labor market. Establishes and monitors a caseload of student-job seekers who are preparing for training and occupations.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Employment Readiness Specialist is the first-level in a career path for case management in connection with job training and placement of workers who are displaced and/or require skill development and technical training to enter the workforce. The Employment Readiness Specialist requires an Associate's degree and the ability to provide case management service to clients seeking service-level and entry-level vocational/technical employment involving formal training, apprenticeship, and curriculum, such as in health care, hospitality, information technology, and trades occupations. Advancement from Employment Readiness Specialist to the Senior-level also requires expanded knowledge of the regional job markets and occupational trends.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Receives files and intake information about student-job seekers. Reviews intake information and facilitates further completion of forms, career aptitude, interest, and skill level assessment batteries.
Interprets assessment information, local job market data, recommends, and assists student job-seekers with developing training action plans. Identifies, evaluates, and recommendations accommodations and/or special services to assist student-job seekers with overcoming employment barriers and academic skill gaps.
Provides specialized assistance to student by identifying the training and schooling requirements for specific occupations, special skills and abilities, long term career growth opportunities, aptitudes, and behaviors that positively contribute to success.
Works with student-job seekers enhance their ability to make informed decisions about programs and training and to identify academic and employment goals, goal achievement action plans, and ancillary services that contribution to student success.
Assists with developing performance contracts, milestones, monitoring, and measures of success with student-job seekers. Explains the levels of self-accountability expected of students. Conveys information to granting authorities.
Advises students on crafting effective resumes, terminology, and communicating information on applications for employment.
Conducts employment and scholarship interview walk through in areas such as, but not limited to, timeliness, personal appearance, interview questions. Video tapes mock interviews used for feedback, critique, and training.
Assists student-job seekers in completing various forms required for reimbursement, further education, and financial aid. Follows up on progress of completed applications and forms, serving as an advocate for the student-job seeker.
Provides assistance to and may facilitate documentation and applications when student job-seekers qualify for certificates, competency certifications, and licenses.
Assures up-to-date documentation of student-job seeker files.
Monitors funding and expenditures connected with, and incurred on behalf of the student-job seekers. Ensures accuracy of supporting documentation.
Conducts informal presentations to groups of student-job seekers, employers, and industry organizations for the purpose of passing information on workforce development programs.
Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
Knowledge and Skills
The position requires basic knowledge of workforce development initiatives and programs, and the procedures for enrolling, qualifying, monitoring, and measuring and reporting client success outcomes. Requires basic knowledge of service, technical, and vocational careers including the connection with training programs and curriculum offered by the College and through business and industry organizations and contract trainers. Requires basic knowledge of adult education and barriers that hinder access to training and employment. Requires basic knowledge of policies, procedures, and funding requirements of agencies issuing grants and resources for workforce development. Requires well-developed human relation skills to convey technical concepts to customers in individual and workshop settings, and exercise patience. Requires well-developed language skill to prepare professional correspondence used in external communications. Requires sufficient math skills to compute principal, interest, sums, percents, and ratios. Requires sufficient knowledge of and skill at using a personal computer, common office productivity software, and to access student information from databases.
Requires the ability to independently perform all of the duties of the position. Requires the ability to learn and apply knowledge of workforce development initiatives and programs, and the procedures for enrolling, qualifying, monitoring, and measuring and reporting client success outcomes. Requires the ability to analyze technical and complex information and documents and make assessments according to policies, procedures, and mandated regulations. Requires the ability to administer assessment devices and interpret standardized results. Requires the ability to analyze demographic information about regional labor markets. Requires the ability to impart technical and detailed information through one-on-one or group presentations. Requires the ability to communicate both formally and informally with a wide range of contacts both inside and outside the College setting. Requires the ability to perform assignments on varying work schedules.
Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist. Travel within and outside of the district.
Education and Experience
The position typically requires an Associate's degree in a vocational occupation, business administration or technical profession such as health care, information technology, or agriculture, and three years of experience in skill training, job development, case management, or a personnel/employment function.
Licenses and Certificates
Requires a valid driver's license.
1. Online District Application
3. Copies of unofficial transcripts verifying degree(s) coursework.
*Incomplete applications will not be accepted. It is the candidates responsibility to make sure the application packet is complete.*
West Hills Community College District is an equal opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender status, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information or covered veteran's status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
Background Check: All of our positions require the ability to pass a background and live scan.
Drug Testing: In accordance with the Drug Free Environment of WHCCD, The applicant understands that if he/she is selected for employment, as a part of their employment they will be required to submit to a drug and alcohol test as a part of the health examination.
Selection Process: Depending upon the number of applicants who meet the minimum qualifications, the examination process may include a qualifications screening by a committee. Those demonstrating the strongest backgrounds related to the position will be invited to interview.