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Placement Assistant - Jump Start Certificate Program

Holyoke Community College
Holyoke, MA

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Under the overall supervision of the Vice President of Workforce Development, the Jump Start Program Administrator assists in the recruitment, assessment, training, job placement and post employment services in order to meet contracted program enrollment, placement and retention goals; provides case management services to students enrolled into the Jump Start program; and maintains accurate attendance and other records required by funding agencies.

  • Responsible for preparing program participants for job placement
  • Responsible for recruitment, assessment, interviewing, evaluation and the determining job readiness of participants.
  • Maintains accurate attendance records.
  • Maintains the database of student information as required for status reporting.
  • Advises students as necessary to resolve issues which may be barriers to course completion and employment.
  • Assists participants in writing resumes.
  • Facilitates a wide variety of work ethic, soft skills, and employment related workshops for students in all Jump Start options.
  • May proctor classes and provide tutoring and orientations.
  • Works with area employers in the recruitment, training and placement of students.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
  • Qualifications

    REQUIRED: Post-secondary education in Business, Human Services, Education, Sociology or related field; excellent interpersonal skills; proficiency in Microsoft word and Excel; good verbal and written communication skills; experienced team player with the ability to also work independently; knowledge of the basic work skills required by employers; understanding of the barriers faced by a low income population; and the ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff & student body.

    PREFERRED: Associates degree in Business, Human Services, Education, Sociology or related field; experience working in a human resource, job placement capacity; experience in working with low income and/or disadvantaged adults; understanding of career pathways and their use in directing students to lifelong learning; experience in facilitating plans for career development.

    EQUIVALENCY STATEMENT: Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position.

    Part-Time, Non-Benefited MCCC Unit Position

    Hours: 18.5 hours/week; Monday–Friday (flexible); 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (flexible)

    Funding Source: Grant
    Start Date: July 1, 2021 to December 20, 2021

    - All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. HCC is not sponsoring H1B Visa.
    - Pre-Employment Background check, including Criminal History will be conducted for all positions.

    Holyoke Community College is committed to excellence and opportunity through diversity in education and employment. Holyoke Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, and national origin, in its education programs or employment.


    Working at Holyoke Community College

    Since its founding in 1946, Holyoke Community College has focused on inspiring futures through education and training, access, and engagement. The goal is simple-exceptional preparation for personal and professional success through education for all learners.

    HCC's highly-qualified, committed faculty and staff engage learners through innovative, relevant instruction and comprehensive student support services, ensuring that our students are well prepared for their next step in life-whether to transfer to a four-year institution, to advance in a career, to build skills, or simply to enhance their quality of life.

    HCC faculty and staff support students in discovering their academic abilities and career aptitudes for the future they choose. We think they'll find that HCC provides the best start for attaining their goals, for one of the best dollar values in education today.


    Located in Western Massachusetts' scenic Pioneer Valley, HCC draws students from more than 70 cities and towns throughout the region and from beyond. As a gateway to quality, accessible education and career advancement, more than 100,000 students have come through the doors seeking to realize their dreams and aspirations. HCC boasts the largest enrollment and awards the highest number of associate degrees and certificates among Western Massachusetts community colleges. At the college's 65th commencement in May 2012,a total of 1,000 students received approximately 1,026 associate degrees and certificates. Graduates ranged in age from 18-80, and came from 70 Massachusetts towns, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and from as far away as Florida, Michigan, Missouri and South Carolina. Our international grads included citizens of Israel, Malawi, Peru and South Korea.


    HCC offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate options, as well as adult basic education/GED programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit community service personal and professional enrichment courses. To accommodate students' busy lives, HCC offers day, twilight, evening, weekend, and online classes. Academic programs, in a variety of disciplines, are designed for immediate career entry or for transfer to four-year institutions. Plus, for those seeking additional intellectual challenge in their coursework, HCC is known for its exceptional learning communities (team-taught interdisciplinary courses organized around a common theme) and its Commonwealth Honors program, among other programs and services.


    HCC has the highest transfer rate of any community college statewide, holding articulation agreements with more than 27 colleges and universities. Many students attend HCC with the intention of transferring to a four-year college or university. And many do so after graduating-often with generous and even full scholarships-to public and private four-year colleges and universities across the country. Locally, HCC is the largest feeder institution for Westfield State College and UMASS Amherst.

    Immediate career entry

    HCC offers short-term certificates and training for students whose goal is immediate career entry. HCC's Career Center provides additional assistance in helping students obtain employment in the region's many workplaces.

    A vibrant community resource

    Throughout the year, HCC is home to numerous recreational and cultural activities and events that are open to the community. View an art exhibit at the Taber Art Gallery, catch a live performance at the Leslie Phillips Theater, enjoy the college's annual Jazz Festival, or come watch one of HCC's competitive varsity athletic games. HCC has the largest disc golf course in Western Massachusetts, and it's free and open to the public.

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