Employment Specialist II (JR 968)

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date Posted: 09-02-2018
JOB ID: 968
Full Time
Wage: $16.83/hr - $21.64/hr (DOE)


The Employment Specialist will be working with homeless individuals enrolled in PATH programs in finding and retaining sustainable employment opportunities. The Employment Specialist  will conduct workshops and provide ongoing employment-related case management and support. Additionally, the Employment Specialist will network with business leaders and employers to identify job opportunities for clients.

The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned:
  • Provide field-based and onsite employment-related case management services in the areas of, but not limited to: assessment, community integration, employment linkage, procurement of benefits and all other services needed to assist clients in reaching their Individualized Service Plan goals
  • Provide service coordination to assist clients in obtaining and maintaining sustainable employment
  • Conduct employability assessments of participants, including assessing readiness for work, physical and mental capabilities
  • Develop and update Individualized Employment Plans for enrolled participants
  • Maintain complete and accurate records and ensure timely updates on client participation and progress to case managers
  • Provide job readiness skills training such as resume development, interviewing skills and job search techniques
  • Facilitate orientation sessions, desk coverage and other staffing needs at PATH’s Employment Resource Centers as needed
  • Provide career counseling and job coaching, including labor market trends to job seekers and arrange interviews with employers
  • Work one-on-one with clients on job retention, following program enrollment guidelines
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with prospective employers, including outreach and attendance to hiring events
  • Coordinate recruitment with employers, including organizing onsite hiring events
  • Connect with outside resources including EDD, America’s Job Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Public Social Services, vocational training schools and community-based organizations to ensure clients have access to available services
  • Be flexible to attend and/or staff program or client-related activities during some afternoons, evenings or weekends as needed and assigned
  • Create and maintain participant case files in accordance to program standards and maintain case notes on all participant activity within established timeframes on HMIS (Homeless Management Information System)
  • Maintain documentation standards as set forth by internal and external policies
  • Track retention data, participant updates, supportive services requests, program expenses, program goals and submit reports weekly to management at PATH Employment Services
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor


  • Maintain and execute confidential information according to HIPAA standards
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field and/ or two-year minimum experience working in homeless services, mental health, substance use/ co-occurring disorder or with vulnerable populations providing intensive case management services
  • Demonstrated knowledge and or experience with case management techniques, including critical time intervention, harm reduction strategies, crisis intervention techniques and motivational interviewing
  • Flexible work schedule to include some evenings and/or weekends as needed
  • HMIS experience preferred
  • Possesses a high level of tolerance and understanding for individuals who present for services with urgent multiple case management and health needs
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment and exercise mature judgment
  • Ability to provide community and in-home based services on a regular basis
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly motivated self- starter with the ability to coordinate multiple projects/ tasks simultaneously in a high-pressure environment

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Employment Eligibility Verification.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Updated tuberculosis test.
  • Successful completion of background screening.
  • CPR/First Aid training. 
  • Driving is an essential function of this position
    • Must have Valid CA Driver's License
    • Must provide proof of insurance coverage
    • Must be able to qualify for PATH insurance coverage


Work Environment
The employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis who may be ill, using alcohol and drugs, and who may not be attentive to basic personal hygiene, health and safety practices. The employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with the client’s use of alcohol and drugs, and lack of personal hygiene. The employee must be ready to respond quickly and effectively to many types of situations, including crisis situations and potentially hostile situations. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate in an office setting. Sometimes work may become stressful when working under pressure.
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 frequently required to stand, sit, walk, stoop, talk, hear, reach above and below shoulders; use hand and finger dexterity, keyboarding and making and receiving telephone calls. The employee may be required on occasion to lift and or carry up to 20 lbs.
PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, PATH complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

How to apply Please visit the Path Career Site to apply online. Search for Job #968 to submit your application. A resume is required
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