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Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
position summary:

The Workforce Specialist will assist disadvantaged individuals to enter careers in energy efficient building, construction and retrofit, renewable electric power, agriculture, transportation and environmental protection industries.

8:30am - 5:00pm IRCO's Main Office 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220 None

Pay Rate: $32,000 - $34,000/yr + Benefits


GENERAL SUMMARY: The Portland Oregon Area has been devastated by the recent recession resulting in mass layoffs, business closures and high unemployment. In response to the community’s needs for new jobs and to industry demands for a skilled green workforce IRCO and other community partners have developed the Green Career Pathways: Community for Equity project. The Workforce Specialist will assist disadvantaged individuals to enter careers in energy efficient building, construction and retrofit, renewable electric power, agriculture, transportation and environmental protection industries. This position will help guide individuals through earning certificates and degree through community colleges, organized labor, and industry recognized training providers. This position will assist participants to achieve meaningful employment. Some of the duties of this position include: •Conduct intensive outreach to identified communities and provide information about opportunities to participate in CFE. •Provide orientation for interested participants to educate them on project activities, green industries and employment and training opportunities. •Participate in selection and potential participant’s project eligibility determination. •Enroll participants in to CFE project, conducts initial intake, assess participant’s immediate needs, and conduct full registration in to WorkSource system. •Guide participant through creating Career Development Plan. •Research and refer participants to skill development opportunities in the community. •Conduct individual session to monitor participant career development plan implementation •Engage participants in training activities. •Conduct and coordinate with WorkSource individualized job marketing and job searches for participants. •Assist participants with securing job placement •Conduct follow-up with employer and participant on a regular basis to ensure that the participant’s employment is not in jeopardy. •Provide support services for project participants to ensure successful planned outcomes. •Work collaboratively with all CFE project partners. •Keep accurate records and statistics to reflect position activities. •Provide participants with regularly updated information on green industry local trends and initiatives. •Participate in meetings, trainings, committees and other activities to support IRCO’s goals and objectives.

IRCO’s mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society.

Salary / Pay Rate:$32,000 - $34,000/yr + Benefits
Required Skills and Abilities:REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES: Mental: Must have the ability to function in a positive manner, in a demanding work environment and to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, respond to priorities and schedules that change frequently, and to meet commitments. Must be able to work independently and to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines. Must have analytical, organizations and decision-making abilities. Must be able to deal with distressed and/or demanding customers and employees in an effective manner. Must be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Interactive/Communication: Knowledge and/or experience in translation and/or interpretation. Must have the ability to communicate and work with multi-cultural staff in a team setting. Strong skills in intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication. Be able to communicate verbally and in writing to individuals and groups using English. Must have excellent grammar and writing skills in English. Must be able to communicate with all levels of management and staff. Must have the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Ability to listen for understanding and assist in problem solving. Physical: Must be punctual, maintain a good attendance record, and be able to work flexible hours to meet the availability of clients and customers. Must be able to sit, stand, walk, drive and use computer terminal for long periods of time. Must be able to travel and to work beyond designated hours and weekends without advanced notice. Must have valid Oregon/Washington driver’s license and proof of current auto insurance. HOW TO APPLY: Applications may be accessed at the IRCO website, www.irco.org, or at the IRCO main office, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97220, 503-234-1541. Applications must be received at the main office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date, if applicable. Resumes are optional and do not replace the IRCO application form. Only complete, signed applications will be considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not be able to contact each applicant. If you are selected for an interview we will contact you by telephone. ELIGIBILITY: The successful applicant must be eligible for employment in the United States.
Qualifications:QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be through the following: •Bachelor's degree or equivalent; combined education and experience may be substituted. •Minimum two years experience working in social services and/or in a non-profit environment. •Experience in record keeping and management information systems. •Experience with pre-employment activities and job search skill development. •Advanced knowledge and/or experience in job development and job placement activities. •Knowledge and/or experience of vocational and/or placement counseling for individuals with barriers to employment •Knowledge of the local job market and concerns of private employers as they relate to employment. •Ability to use a PC and proficient in Microsoft Office and related software and have the ability to use other software packages including internal and external e-mail/internet.
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.irco.org