Employment Counselor

Minneapolis, MN 55447
United States

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Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ mission is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive. Interfaith Outreach is a human service nonprofit that ignites the power of community to provide urgent and strengthening services in eight Twin Cities western suburbs so families can live their best lives, children can succeed, and the entire region can prosper and shine. Serving the west Hennepin communities of Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth and Wayzata since 1979. For more information, visit iocp.org.

Interfaith Outreach is looking for highly qualified candidates for our Employment Counselor position (full-time, benefit eligible). The Employment Counselor works collaboratively with the Employment Services (ES) staff, other internal teams, and external partners to support clients with their employment goals. The Employment Counselor provides individual and group services to support job seekers in determining a job search plan, coaching around job search skills and securing a job that leads to financial stability.

We are seeking candidates excited to work in an environment where the team is in the process of implementing new initiatives and programming. The Employment Counselor will be ready to bring fresh ideas and perspectives to our work. The Interfaith Outreach work environment is client centered, values driven, team oriented, fast paced, diverse, and focused on learning and professional development. We have a strong internal culture of collaboration and team support, and a deep commitment across staff to mission.

Core Areas of Responsibility Include:

  • Co-facilitate or facilitate new client intakes
  • Develop client employment, skill building and training goal plans
  • Provide individual coaching and support on job search and career planning
  • Coordinate and deliver 1:1 education or group workshops and skill building related to employment decisions, job search and computer skill workshops
  • Administer Self-Directed Search (SDS) and/or O*Net Interest Profiler interest assessments
  • Educate job seekers on high demand job opportunities
  • Connect participants to educational and employment opportunities when applicable
  • Participate in team meetings with clients and other staff; check in on progress and revise work plans as needed
  • Continually refine, strengthen and deliver curricula to individuals and groups
  • Cultivate & maintain employer partnerships and networking opportunities for job seekers
  • Cultivate & maintain partnerships that support employment training for job seekers
  • Maintain & grow working relationships with external employment service providers
  • Identify employment/training committees and other points of community engagement to recommend for Employment Services staff involvement
  • Share job and training opportunities with ES and broader Client Services Teams; support development of updated process for disseminating job and training opportunities
  • Maintain current and accurate client information in client database and files
  • Support departmental and agency procedures related to accurate data collection and reporting
  • Participate in team efforts toward ongoing program improvements
  • Stay abreast of employment demand trends, local employer preferences
  • Engage in volunteer training efforts of the team and the agency
  • Support staffing as needed for job search lab
  • Be accessible to volunteer and CTEP member for support and questions
  • Participate in the welcoming, orientation and training of new team members
  • Actively support the success of colleagues
  • Participate in team efforts to continually grow in our understanding of the needs of our clients and strategies to serve them
  • Participate in and support Interfaith Outreach special events

Schedule Requirements: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with exception of Wednesday shift from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Potential for Monday evenings until 6 p.m. Occasional agency evening and weekend commitments.

Required Qualifications Include:

  • A combination of education and work experience as follows: Associate Degree and 2 years work experience supporting job seekers OR a BA/BS in Human Services or related field and 1 year experience supporting job seekers 
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in human service nonprofit setting
  • Knowledge of the job search process and relevant skills (resumes/cover letters, interviewing skills, job search strategies)
  • Experience working with clients with diverse racial, economic and education levels; commitment to equity and inclusivity
  • Ability to professionally interface with a variety of stakeholders i.e. job seekers, team and cross-program staff, volunteers, employers, training partners, nonprofit partners and community members
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; effective interpersonal relation skills
  • Knowledge of labor market trends and industry recognized sources of job information
  • GCDF credential or willingness to obtain
  • Proven networking and partner-building skills
  • Experience administering interest inventories (Strong Interest Inventory, Self-Directed Search, O*Net or others) and familiarity with resulting Holland Code significance
  • Intermediate computer skills, including internet, email, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, and ability to instruct job seekers on computer skills; willing and able to learn other software/database applications as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • GCDF or employment counseling experience
  • Knowledge of short-term employment training options
  • Familiarity with local recruiting trends and processes and/or recruitment and hiring
  • Experience with training/teaching individuals or groups
  • Understanding of the issues faced by low-income, unemployed individuals
  • Job development experience or job training experience
  • Experience with immigrant job seekers and/or ELL job seekers
  • Experience supporting job seekers with multiple barriers to employment
  • Knowledge of basic counseling skills
  • Experience with mentor or job shadow programming
  • Program development and support experience
  • Bilingual in English and Somali or Russian

Candidate Characteristics:

To be successful as a staff person at Interfaith Outreach, the ideal candidate possesses the following characteristics and traits:

  • Understand, support and advance Interfaith Outreach’s mission and work
  • Eager to collaborate with team to generate and implement new initiatives and programming while honoring the organization’s rich history
  • Eager to learn and stay up-to-date with employment trends and best practices in field
  • Ability to multi-task and balance competing priorities
  • Ability to work successfully in a variety of organizational settings and with external partners
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Ability to create a welcoming and trusting atmosphere for clients, volunteers, team and partners
  • Willingness for ongoing growth and learning around bias, and equity and inclusivity
  • Be able to work effectively with volunteers
  • Be a strong advocate for people living in poverty and social justice work
  • Be approachable and a good listener

We offer competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to humanresources@iocp.org. Candidates are considered as submissions arrive. Position open until filled.

Interfaith Outreach values a diverse work environment.

People of color and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interfaith Outreach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.