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SOAR Workforce Reintegration Program
Employment Specialist


Under the supervision of the President & CEO and reporting to the Program Manager, the Employment Specialist is responsible to assist in the design, implementation and evaluation of the SOAR  Workforce Reintegration Program. The Employment specialist works in conjunction with the other team members to maximize productivity in business strategy and analysis, relationship cultivation and management, participant support and job placement.  The Employment Specialist leads employer recruitment and engagement and the ongoing identification of multiple viable credentialing opportunities in each identified career pathway.

Key responsibilities of the Employment Specialist include but are not limited to:

1. Business Strategy and Analysis

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for job placement services with a strong focus on young adults ages 18-25 that ensures OIC meets its participant placement metrics
  • Evaluating labor market data to determine employer demand and usage of OIC services and determining improvements and ways to leverage relationships with employers to meet OIC’s placement metrics
  • Achieving weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual job placement goals in accordance with OIC’s contractual obligations

2. Relationship Cultivation and Maintenance

  • Serving as the face of OIC to prospective employers
  • Researching, conducting outreach to, and building relationships with prospective employers willing to hire OIC program participants, particularly young adults, and who have hiring needs that match the skills, experience, and interests of our overall participant cohort
  • Maintaining relationships with existing employer partners
  • Scheduling and conducting daily prospecting, cold calls, and face-to-face meetings
  • Serving as the liaison among employers, participants, and our criminal justice partners

3. Participant Support

  • Strategizing with the Program Manager and Case Manager to develop employment opportunities for each participant
  • Helping participants develop resumes, cover letters and other essential documents
  • Working 1-on-1 with participants to ensure job preparedness

4. Job Placement

  • Matching program participants with employment opportunities, taking into consideration each participant’s skills, work experience, interests, and goals and aspirations
  • Customizing participants’ resumes to fit identified opportunities
  • Developing and/or implementing work readiness curriculum that matches the industry & participants needs
  • Assist with following up with participants to ensure job retention or assist with job replacements.
  • Assist with developing engagement activities centered around work readiness or workplace issues

5. Administrative Support

  • Documenting all participant and employer contacts, activities, and outcomes in the shared database
  • Full participation in team meetings and requirements, including the submission of weekly written updates
  • Performing other job-related duties and responsibilities assigned

Position Requirements

  • Positive Attitude
  • Transportation Capacity
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Customer/Client Focus
  • Thoroughness of Work
  • Time Management
  • Passion for Helping People
  • Lead Follow-Through

To apply, please forward a cover letter and resume to Yvonne Brownlee, Human Resources Manager, at


Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center is a non-profit community- based organization that has been meeting the needs of the economically disadvantaged individuals throughout the community. 


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