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Senior Career Development Specialist
 
Work Location:Department of Human Development and Services
 
Starting Salary:13.3789 Hourly / $27,828 Annual
 
Pay Grade:1140
 
NOTE:
Applicants using education to qualify for any job MUST submit a copy of their degree or transcript at the time of application. Applicants applying for any position that requires an official certification MUST submit a copy of that certification at the time of application. Applicants MAY use experience as a substitution only if the minimum requirements indicates such.
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of an employee of a higher classification, performs highly responsible work in the operation of employment and training programs designed to increase the employability of currently unemployed individuals. Work involves supervising the activities of a moderate sized professional and clerical staff engaged in screening applicants and processing necessary forms; counseling and assessing participants concerning employability improvement plans; negotiating on-the-job training contracts with employers; monitoring activities of sub-grantees under contract; or preparing statistical compilations and funding requests for submission to funding sources. Work also involves designing and implementing training programs for participants (youth and/or adults) and planning the overall administration of the employment and training assignments. Although the incumbent may often participate in the daily work of the assigned section, the primary responsibility is for the efficient utilization of all personnel supervised. Supervision is exercised over Career Development Specialists, clerical workers, or other employees of lower classifications. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Assigns and reviews work of intake interviewers; instructs interviewers in proper interviewing techniques and federal eligibility guidelines; periodically reviews all applicant files to ensure that proper records are being kept; makes eligibility, termination, or other decisions on difficult cases referred by subordinates. Develops, selects, and plans use of employability assessment instruments and activities; develops methods and procedures for implementing programs (youth and/or adults), instructs subordinates in proper assessment methodology and techniques; assigns caseloads to subordinates, reviews completed work, and assists with difficult cases; analyzes assessment operations and recommends needed changes to superior. Oversees development of job training contracts with training institutions and employers of program participants; trains and consults subordinates in proper negotiating procedures and program guidelines; assigns areas of responsibility to subordinates and reviews completed work. Supervises work of subordinates engaged in monitoring the activities of sub-recipients under contract with the program of assignment (youth and/or adults); instructs subordinates in guidelines to be enforced and monitoring procedures to be followed; accompanies subordinates on difficult assignments. Compiles data and performs necessary statistical analyses for preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to funding sources; writes narratives outlining program goals and procedures to be used; prepares budgets and funding requests for submission to funding sources; attends workshops and conferences on federal guidelines or technical procedures pertaining to work of assigned section; makes television appearances and public speaking engagements to explain youth and/or adult program projects. Maintains communication with staff in other community agencies where collaboration and/or common programming may be appropriate.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of federal guidelines for employment and training programs. Knowledge of principles and methods of employability assessment. Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques used in employment training programs. Knowledge of basic management principles, practices, and procedures. Knowledge of English used to prepare brief narratives, and to communicate effectively with others. Knowledge of basic mathematics and statistics used to compile and analyze data. Ability to supervise a moderate sized staff of professional and clerical personnel. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in social science, public or business administration, or a related field, and one year of experience involving employability assessment, contract negotiation, screening of applicants, developing training programs, or program monitoring.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
None.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
Position(s) in this classification may require typing or other computer software skills.
 
JOB CODE:105398
 
EXAMINATION
Entry Professional Series exam required written examination required (may take up to 3 hours from test start time). Subject areas and other exam preparation information are available at http://brgov.com/dept/HR/ExamBreakdown.htm. Written examinations are available on most Tuesdays, 8:30 9:00 am, check-in, Thursdays, *12:00 - 12:30 pm, and Fridays, (for current openings only) 8:30 9:00 am check-in. Please call Human Resources Recruiting and Examination at 389-3132 to confirm testing dates and times. Test check-in is on a first come-first served basis. There are occasions where the test room is filled to capacity and applicants are asked to return on another day for testing. Picture identification, proof of social security number and a completed employment application are required for test room admittance. *Where written exam volume is expected to be high, check-in of applicants may begin as early as 11:30 am in order to complete the check-in process prior to the required 12:30 cut-off time.
 
APPLICATION NOTE
In your employment application, please include details such as specific programs monitored, grants written and/or administered, types, ages and numbers of clients served, reports produced, decisions made and other details that will help HR make a thorough evaluation of your prior experience. Also be detailed about your education, training and certifications/licenses and bring supporting documentation with your application.