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Employment Specialist

Portland Community College
Portland Metro Workforce TC
Closing date
Jul 23, 2021

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Employment SpecialistRequisition IDreq897DepartmentWorkforce Development -Metro CenterCampusPMWTC-Portland Metro Workforce TCEmployment TypeAcademic Prof - Full TimeClose DateApply Immediately; This position will close once sufficient qualified applications have been received.
Position SummaryThe Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center is seeking an Employment Specialist who will be responsible for providing specialized employment services in support of the Oregon Department of Human Service's JOBS Program (Jobs, Opportunities, Basic Skills). Their ultimate goal is to provide training, coaching and support to participants receiving TANF (Temporary assistance for Needy Families) from diverse backgrounds, ethnic groups and skill levels.

See the classification description for additional information:

Candidate ProfileThese qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

• Demonstrated workforce development experience working with diverse participants
• Proven professional experience working within a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Demonstrated experience providing active case management services to an assigned client load, monitoring progress and liaising with other agencies and organizations
• Experience with successfully multi-tasking, time management and prioritization in a high-energy environment.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work individually, in a team-oriented environment and with outside partners.
• Solid written and verbal communication skills.
• Highly proficient in computer software applications, data entry, cloud-based applications, and conducting meetings and workshops using video conferencing

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Social Science, Communications, or related field (experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis).

  • Experience in case management in a social service or educational setting ("Case Management" is work with students/clients over time as they navigate a system. It includes individual guidance, assessment, and reporting)
  • Demonstrated experience working with college students, clients who have barriers in achieving self sufficiency, developmentally or physically disabled adults, or at-risk populations.
  • Demonstrated experience within area of specialization of position applied for.

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated work experience related to the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and/or social justice.
• Able to set boundaries, particularly with adult students and work positively with different personality types with frequent changes and/or interruptions
• Experience maintaining case files with detailed case notes and data input in a timely manner.
• Experience developing workshops and presentations with effective group facilitation both online and in person.
• Experience developing professional relationships with employers, to ensure consistent contact for job leads including presentations, and promotion of employment services and programs.

Position Grade3Starting Salary Expectations$48,976 to $52,465 (Step 3); based on qualifications, experience, and internal equity.Position Grade Salary Range$48976 to $84923 Annual SalaryFTE1PCC BenefitsPCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP. PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for you, your spouse/domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age, as well as partial tuition reimbursement for full-time employees at other accredited institutions.

*Please note: Temporary Academic Professional employees are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave: (Pro-rated by FTE for Part-Time Employees)

  • Starts at 13.33 hours of vacation leave per month (additional vacation hours with years of services)
  • 1 day of sick leave per month
  • 11 holidays
  • 3 additional personal leave days per year

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Work is typically performed in an office environment. Incumbents regularly drive to business sites which requires the use of a personal vehicle. Occasional evening and weekend hours is required.

Physical exertion is not a normal requirement of this job.

Background Check RequiredYesPortland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA
Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.


From training our community's workforce to preparing students for four-year schools to leading the way in educational success and completion, the work we do at Portland Community College today is at the heart of our region's success tomorrow.

As the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, PCC serves nearly 90,000 full-time and part-time students. We fill a unique role, one that offers high quality education and opportunities for our students, which in turn contributes to the vibrancy of Portland's economic community.

 Working at Portland Community College

We welcome your interest in PCC - as a potential student, donor, or community partner. With your support, we can strengthen our region's economy by educating a skilled workforce, prepare students to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities, enrich the community through lifelong learning, build a greener workforce while shrinking our carbon footprint, and maintain our responsibility to be a sound financial steward of public dollars.

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