Employment Placement Coordinator

Employment Placement Coordinator

Summary: This position is responsible for promoting and marketing organization services to employers, businesses, and vocational training/education providers in order to increase access and secure unsubsidized and career-oriented employment. Provides qualitative analysis of employment service providers in order to increase collaboration among service providers and increase access of program participants to a wide range of employment related services. This position also represents the organization on committees and task groups engaged in the identification of employment/training trends and policies. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

This position is governed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement for which the employee, as a condition of employment, shall be required to remit dues or fees to the Union for administration of the contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements successful marketing strategies to improve the receptivity of employers, businesses, and vocational training facilities for hiring, promoting and/or training program participants.
  • Is responsible for the recruitment of unsubsidized job slots and employer relations while performing mock interviews with and reviewing resumes of those participants ready for unsubsidized employment.
  • Identifies both entry-level and career track positions feasible and attractive to program participants as outlined in the employability plan developed with case management staff.
  • Develops and maintains an information bank regarding unsubsidized employment opportunities for staff and participant usage.
  • Develops and maintains a network of employers to share with other employment placement coordinators and staff that will assist all program participants in securing employment.
  • Coordinate and customize job fairs matching employers’ needs with participants’ abilities, skills, and interest.
  • Develops and maintains an information bank regarding employability development programs, vocational training programs, GED and other adult education programs that will enhance the employability and promotability of program participants.
  • Collaborates closely with case management and other employment program staff to ensure that employment, training, and educational opportunities meet the needs of program participants.
  • Develops a retention tracking program for unsubsidized job slots that incorporates a data collection system used to determine job retention at monthly intervals, working closely with the case managers where participant intervention is required.
  • Develops an appropriate tracking format to ensure appropriate employer follow-up and intervention.
  • Participates in organizational task groups, serves on committees and collaborates with service provider networks and policy development groups.
  • Completes all required paperwork in a neat and timely manner. When required, utilizes a database system to enter employment related information.
  • Uses organizational resources appropriately either directly or through case management to secure tangible goods needed for employment, e.g. transportation assistance, uniforms, shoes, tools.
  • Reacts to change productively. Completes career related assessments to program participants and makes employment related recommendations.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Associates Degree or equivalent, and five years of relevant experience required. Direct experience working with hard-to-employ populations required. Demonstrated experience utilizing strength-based methods of assessment, and working with populations facing multiple barriers to obtain employment required.
  • Other Qualifications: A valid driver’s license and ability to travel throughout Chicago and surrounding areas.
  • Computer Skills: Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office. Proficiency in Microsoft Access may be required.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrate the ability to speak before large groups and have strong presentation.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in a second language may be required. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general professional periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here 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 to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk and hear
  • The employee must meet close/distance vision requirements.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization’s AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.


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