Job Information

International Rescue Committee Career Development Specialist in Sacramento, California

Requisition ID: req20684

Job Title: Career Development Specialist

Sector: Employment

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Sacramento, CA USA

Job Description

Job Overview: The Career Development Specialist is responsible for program implementation and service delivery for the IRC’s career development programs, including assisting refugee clients in moving beyond entry-level jobs and gaining employment in their professional fields. Specifically, the Career Development Specialist works within a team to deliver client-facing services such as client assessments and intakes, career coaching, goal setting, job search assistance, soft-skills trainings, enrollment in post-secondary and certification programs, and coordinating additional services tailored to individual client needs.

Major Responsibilities:

Outreach and Enrollment

· Conduct outreach within the refugee community for the recruitment of eligible refugees skilled in specific sectors for the refugee career programs

· Work with IRC internal IRC programs to highlight the value of the program and screen referrals

· Conduct a thorough and equal assessment of applicants in conjunction with the Refugee Career Pathways team

· Complete intake and enrollment administration and case noting

Career Coaching and Technical Assistance

· Manage a client caseload, providing clients with one-on-one career coaching; this includes service planning, goal setting, resource mapping, assisting clients to enter and complete technical skills trainings, and continuous follow-up

· Implement technical assessments to gauge client strengths, weaknesses, and proficiencies

· Support the Workforce Partnership Specialist in nurturing training provider relationships in all tracks offered, streamlining the application process, progress reporting, and ensuring strong credential attainment outcomes

· Actively engage in activities to assist client placement including referring applicable clients to positions, assisting in targeted interview preparation, and providing continued follow-up once clients are placed

· Document client participation and progress, adhering to grant requirements, and regularly collecting success stories

Service Documentation

· Use internal databases as assigned to track client services, outcomes, and metrics

· Engage with and, as necessary, develop supportive tracking systems for auxiliary information

· Comply with all financial and budget-related mechanisms and processes

Other Responsibilities

· Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities, and fully engage as a member of the team

· Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency

· Other related duties as assigned

Job Requirements:


· Undergraduate degree; ideally in Social Work or an equivalent field of study; comparable related work experience may be substituted.

Work Experience:

· At least 2 years’ experience working in employment and workforce programs preferred

· At least 2 years’ experience with client counseling, case management, or coaching strongly preferred

· Experience with higher education including community colleges, adult schools, and technical training providers is a plus

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

· Multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with people of varied backgrounds required

· Proficiency in a refugee language such as Dari, Farsi, Pashto, or Arabic, strongly preferred

· Ability to effectively set service expectations and coach clients towards shared goals

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentation creation

· Strong interpersonal skills for effective networking and influence. Proven ability to foster and manage client and employer relationships

· Proven ability to take initiative, creatively problem solve and collaborate in a fast-paced work environment

· Demonstrated experience in system development, case management, and/or sales and marketing

· Excellent organizational skills with the ability to track and follow up on dynamic information

· Ability to work efficiently across a team to reach specific measured outcomes

· Experience using data and fiscal tracking systems strongly preferred

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required

· Flexible availability necessary

Working Environment: Standard office environment

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.