Career Opportunities with Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region

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Careers at Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region

Department: Workforce Development
Location: Tacoma - Milgard Work Opportunity Center (MWOC) & Campus
Address: 714 S 27th Street
Tacoma, WA, 98409
Salary: $18 - $22
Required Days to Work: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Work Hours Needed: Morning, Afternoon

Position Summary: The Employment Specialist reports to the Manager of Financial Education & Initiatives and plays a key role on Financial Education team at Goodwill of the Olympics & Rainier Region. The Financial Education team also includes a Financial Coach & VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Coordinator, Program Coordinator, and volunteers through all aspects of the work. GORRís Financial Education offerings are designed to provide participants with invaluable skills essential to building financial stability and self-sufficiency. This is accomplished through a comprehensive Financial Education course that incorporates banking basics, budgeting, debt management, investing, critical thinking skills, reading and understanding credit reports/scores. The Financial Education team also offers one on one financial coaching, supporting with securing and maintain employment, as well as volunteer assistance with tax preparation and filing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide one on one employment coaching.
  • Assist participants with developing professional portfolios (targeted resume, cover letter, application).

  • Provide participants with the opportunity to practice interviewing skills via mock interviews.

  • Coordinate and facilitate bi-weekly job club with community partners.

  • Provide job search preparation workshops.

  • Present appropriate job leads to participants.

  • Instruct financial education classes, as needed.

  • Provide referrals for wraparound support services.

  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders for financial education offerings.
  • Enter client information into case management systems including Salesforce, ETO, and CaseWorthy.
  • Provide support and guidance to volunteers that promotes positivity and professionalism.
  • Assist with coordinating tax volunteer schedules to ensure appropriate coverage for each shift.
  • Assist with maintaining a well-organized VITA site which operates smoothly and provides crowd control.
  • Attend all staff meetings and necessary professional development trainings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management necessary to accomplish program goals.

Qualifications: must be capable of relating to individuals with barriers to employment, including long periods of unemployment and limited work skills, and must be capable of working with staff members in a team approach; must have effective communication skills, verbal and written; performance must reflect compliance with the agency Ethics document and confidentiality of all discreet business; must establish rapport and good working relationships with co-workers in the department and agency.

Education and/or Experience: AA Degree in business or social services required; Bachelorís Degree in Business or Social Service is highly preferred; experience in working with persons with barriers to employment is highly preferred.

Language Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS Sheets), operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence; ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization; must be able to communicate effectively in written and oral format.

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 graphs; ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions and percentages; ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft (MS) Word, Excel and PowerPoint; must possess knowledge of and skills to utilize MS software including basic spreadsheets and databases; Internet knowledge required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: a valid Washington State Driverís license and proof of insurance is required; must be First Aid/CPR certified or willing to acquire such certification at first available opportunity.

Other Skills and Abilities: Must be capable of relating to individuals with barriers to employment and limited work skills; must be capable of working with staff members in a team approach; must have effective communication skills, verbal and written; must be capable of communicating effectively with participants, employers and referral sources.

Other Qualifications: Must be able to travel throughout the community during business hours. Some out of state travel may be required as well.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands and arms for normal dexterity; talk and hear; the employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, sit, climb, balance, and smell; the employee is regularly required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; specific vision requirements include close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The employee is occasionally required to work in wet or humid conditions; near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; in outdoor weather conditions; in extreme cold and/or heat, and with vibrations; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; work environments may be dusty.

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. Goodwill gladly considers requests for accommodation and, if the requested accommodation is reasonable, will make such reasonable accommodations as will enable an otherwise qualified person with a disability to perform the essential functions of this position.

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