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Career Development Specialist
 
Work Location:Department of Human Development and Services
 
Starting Salary:12.1375 Hourly / $25,246 Annual
 
Pay Grade:1120
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the general supervision of an employee of a higher classification, performs professional work in the operation of employment and training programs designed to increase the employability of currently unemployed individuals. Work involves performing a variety of relatively complex duties concerned with determining eligibility and enrollment of applicants (youth and adults); negotiating job training contracts; diagnostic employment counseling for participants; analyzing results of complex employability assessment instruments; and monitoring activities of sub-recipients under contract with program of assignment. Supervision may be exercised over clerical personnel, volunteer workers, or special contract employees. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Interviews, screens and determines eligibility of applicants; supervises subordinates engaged in doing paperwork necessary to enroll and place eligible applicants; verifies information obtained from applicants; completes all appropriate intake forms. Enrolls participants in a program; completes and maintains all appropriate forms; conducts and completes follow-up form on all participants; monitors progress of participants. Counsels program participants on their employability strengths and weaknesses; assesses participants employability assets and deficiencies; administers and interprets the results of various assessment tests; completes employability development plans and assessment profiles. Instructs participants on how to find employment and utilize various employment resources in the community; selects and refers qualified participants to available jobs and training programs. Contacts potential employers to request their participation in the on-the-job training programs and help determine their needs. Monitors activities of sub-recipient under contract with a program of assignment to ensure compliance with all contract obligations and federal regulations; negotiates job training contracts with training institution and employers; checks work site conditions, classrooms and interviews participants; reviews participants folders, sub-recipients contract and financial records; writes monitoring reports. May conduct EEO/ADA complaint investigations and fact finding; compose confidential report of recommendation to the Chief WIA Administrator and monitor programs and activities for equal opportunity compliance. Conducts group orientation sessions for program services (youth and adults). Participating in various forums for public relations and recruitment purposes.
 
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 English used to prepare brief narratives, and to communicate effectively with others. Knowledge of basic mathematics and statistics used to compile and analyze data. Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment, and of standard clerical techniques. 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.
 
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:105393
 
EXAMINATION
Professional Series exam 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.