Workforce Transitions Specialist

Olympia, Washington State
$43,620 per year
Mar 08, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Position type:  Exempt

Salary:  $43,620.00/year

Opens:  March 8, 2017

Closes:  April 10, 2017

Location:  Main Campus; Olympia, WA

South Puget Sound Community College seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic, and collaborative individual to fill the position of Workforce Transitions Specialist in the Student Services division.

As part of a comprehensive team spanning multiple areas of student services, the Workforce Transitions Specialist designs and implements programs and services that utilize the WorkFirst, Opportunity Grant, Basic Food Education Training (BFET), and Worker Retraining programs as a means of assisting current and prospective students to develop resiliency, achieve their educational goals and prepare for entry into the workforce.   The Workforce Transitions Specialist reports directly to the Dean of Student Financial Services.  A flexible working schedule is required as the position may require some evening and weekend work. 


  • Design and conduct intake orientations to inform students regarding specific Workforce Transitions program requirements and benefits.
  • Assess and determine student program eligibility for the WorkFirst, Opportunity Grant, BFET, and Worker Retraining programs.
  • Using data driven methods, and by coordinating with other campus resources, develop and implement support systems and interventions designed to promote retention, educational attainment, resiliency, and career readiness of students who are utilizing the WorkFirst, Opportunity Grant, BFET, and Worker Retraining programs.
  • Design and conduct outreach efforts that encourage students to apply for and participate in Workforce transitions programs that they may qualify for.
  • Perform referrals as appropriate to internal and external resources for students.
  • Perform routine reporting of student compliance and education activity via the eJAS system. Ensure accuracy of relevant data entry by other WorkForce Transitions staff.
  • Maintain appropriate student coding in the Student Management System.
  • Provide student eligibility data and to office of Student Financial Services in order to assist with coordination of benefits.
  • Serve as the college’s primary point of contact with students, DSHS, Department of Commerce, SBCTC, and other state agencies with regard to administering the WorkFirst, Opportunity Grant, BFET, and Worker Retraining programs.
  • Monitor overall fund expenditures for the purpose of recommending eligibility for students.
  • Assist with the college’s compliance with complex rules governing the WorkFirst, Opportunity Grant, BFET, and Worker Retraining programs.
  • Assist with grant preparation and renewal.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Sciences, Education or a related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with an ability to establish strong relationships and partnerships.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, student-centered environment, with multiple competing priorities.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, prioritize multiple tasks, and manage competing priorities and demands.
  • Extensive application using the Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and using technology to track student interaction and services.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to handle a large caseload of students.
  • Commitment to a working environment that values a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds.


  • Similar life experiences as the target population.
  • Experience with federal and state reporting for Workforce programs.
  • Experience in a college work environment.


Your responses to the following questions are required as part of your application for this position; not to exceed two (2) pages.

  1. What interests you in this position and how do you think your prior experiences and interests prepare you for it?
  2. How do you see this position supporting student learning, success, & completion?
  3. Briefly describe an experience you have had in creating or supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment.


Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following required items:

  1. Completed SPSCC Employment Application
  2. Letter of application that specifically addresses your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in this announcement.
  3. Resume of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the minimum qualifications.
  4. Responses to the Supplemental Questions above.
  5. Copies of unofficial transcripts.

Send application materials via one of the delivery methods below- email is preferred:


Fax: (360) 596-5706

Mail:  Human Resource Office

South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Road SW

Olympia, WA 98512