Employment Specialist, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

Posted by Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians on October 3, 2016

The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (http://www.welcomingcenter.org) accelerates immigrant integration and economic advancement through education and training, job placement, and small business development. We are seeking an experienced Employment Specialist to assist immigrants and American-born clients in career development, workplace training, and job placement. The Welcoming Center hires talented, energetic people with a proven track record of success working in multi-cultural settings. The Employment Specialist reports to the Director of Programs and coordinates with intake specialists, instructors, other employment specialists, and the compliance manager.


  • Recruit new employers utilizing a variety of prospecting techniques, e.g., networking, cold calling, trade/professional association membership.
  • Prepare program participants for job readiness by conducting individual trainings and group workshops on resume writing, mock interviews, and workplace etiquette.
  • Manage all aspects of employer relationships.
  • Act as liaison between employers and staff to provide excellent customer service.
  • Conduct intake and assessment of program participants.
  • Schedule and accompany job candidates on interviews as needed.
  • Monitor retention services provided to participants and employers during and after placement.
  • Ensure all documentation is accurate and in compliance with contracts.
  • Provide career guidance and counseling.
  • Attend departmental and organizational meetings.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Regular access to a car and a valid PA Driver’s License.
  • At least 2 consecutive years working in employer identification, job placement, and job retention services.
  • Excellent oral and written skills.
  • Outgoing and engaging personality.
  • An encouraging and patient manner.
  • Proven approach to developing employment opportunities.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Comfortable working with a wide range of talents and individuals from different socio-economic backgrounds and various levels of education.
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of the immigrant experience.
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia job market and employer landscape.
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
  • Capable of multi-tasking and prioritizing.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Internet research,
  • Ability to learn new software and databases quickly and independently.
  • Available for occasional evening hours.
  • Bilingual is a plus.


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