EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SPECIALIST I/II
COUNTY OF SANTA CRUZ
Under general supervision, interview, assess for strengths and barriers and counsel eligible participants; develop individualized employment plans; identify and refer participants to employment and work readiness/training opportunities; refer clients for classroom, on-the-job training and employment; identify and authorize supportive services and monitor attendance and participation; and perform other work as required.
Employment and Training Specialist I is the entry and trainee level class of this series. Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform basic duties while learning County and program policies, procedures and guidelines. This class is alternately staffed with Employment and Training Specialist II and incumbents are expected to advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency which meet the qualifications of the higher level class.
Employment and Training Specialist II is the journey level class of this series, fully competent to independently perform the full range of job duties. Incumbents in this class exercise independent judgment in counseling clients with employment barriers to assist them in becoming employable through placement in appropriate work readiness activities, classroom, on-the-job training or direct employment referral in accordance with established County policies and procedures and program regulations and guidelines.
This series is distinguished from the higher level of Senior Employment and Training Specialist in that the senior level works as lead worker with the responsibility of training and reviewing the work of Employment and Training Specialist I/II or other staff and carries a caseload of the more difficult and complex cases.
Interview eligible participants to determine work activities best suited to their particular skills and abilities; assess participant qualifications and readiness for job referral, classroom training, on-the-job training or support services; administer assessments to identify aptitudes, educational and vocational achievements and interests; interpret and discuss assessment results with participants; explore and identify employment barriers with participants; develop employment plans; counsel clients regarding recommended solutions to employment barriers and suggested supportive services; contact private employers, public and private non-profit agencies, employment agencies and civic groups by field visit, telephone and other communication to solicit employment and training opportunities for clients; negotiate services to be provided by participating employers or trainers to specific clientele; refer clients to training programs and other resources to improve employability; be familiar with local labor market data; assist clients to prepare for interviews and assist with applications and resumes; conduct workshops in job search techniques and appropriate career planning methods; maintain and update records on client employment and/or training, as well as performing follow-up activities on caseload; confer with other staff on plans for client employment or training; review reports on caseload and update program activities; take part in promotion and outreach activities; prepare reports and correspondence; input, access and analyze data using a computer; maintain detailed case records; and meet with participants in their homes or other locations outside of the office to gather required information regarding participation and to identify barriers to employment and self sufficiency.
Employment and Training Specialist I
Working knowledge of:
Some knowledge of:
Employment and Training Specialist II
Working knowledge of the above, plus:
Some knowledge of:
The following abilities apply to level I as trainee and level II as journey:
Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
PREVIOUS CLASS TITLES: Employment and
Training Specialist (for Level II)
Bargaining Unit: 41
EEOC Job Category: 03
Occupational Grouping: 89
Workers' Comp Code: 0285