EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ASSOCIATE
OVERVIEW Inspirica is one of the largest organizations serving the homeless in Connecticut. We provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and affordable housing to 600 adults and children in lower Fairfield County each year. We further provide critical support services such as children services, education, counseling, employment support and access to a vast of array of other services such as health care, substance abuse treatment, mental health care etc. In addition to being homeless, the people we serve typically suffer from mental illness, substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS. Many also have severe cognitive impairments, a history of incarceration, little or no work history, and little education. All of our participants live at or below the poverty level.
Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives.
Our principles are to be a results oriented, cost-effective organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability and mutual respect.
The Employment Services Associate is responsible for helping Inspirica clients find competitive jobs. He/she will achieve this goal by developing and working with an extensive network of employers, searching multiple job databases, and working with clients on an individual basis to develop customized job-search plans that result in employment.
Housing subsidies for people who are homeless are in short supply. The waiting lists for Section 8 or Shelter Plus Care vouchers are often many years long. Most people who are homeless will not receive them. Unfortunately, the people we serve typically do not have the education or skills they need to become self-sufficient. Without our help, they are unlikely to secure employment, which, in turn, allows them to earn the income they need to move into the community and become productive members of society.
The goal of our Jumpstart Education and Employment Program is to provide participants with life- and work-skills they need to: a) prepare for, find, and maintain employment; and, b) lead independent, healthy/stable lives – both of which are essential to breaking the cycle of homelessness.
SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES
- The Employment Service Associate will work 20 hours per week from Monday through Friday 9 am to 1 pm.
- The Employment Service Associate will meet with residents of Inspirica and the community to create and/or update resumes, identify job openings, assist individuals with completing job applications, and help plan travel to and from interviews/jobs.
- The Employment Services Associate will keep track of individual’s progress by completing the Job Search Log, Job Placement Forms, and discussing weekly compliance.
The Employment Services Associate will also facilitate referrals for employment related needs, such as Dress for Success.
The candidate will preferably have a college degree. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are important. Candidate must have computer skills, particularly a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and the ability to job search using the Internet will serve the candidate very well. The ability to speak Spanish and or Haitian-Creole would be a definite advantage, but is not required.
The ideal candidate will work well with clients of all ages, will be an excellent and active listener, a quick learner, and will have the ability to multitask. Excellent organizational skills, patience, persistence, follow-through, and the ability to manage time well are also essential.
The candidate should work well both independently and as a member of a team; s/he will need to be self-motivated and self-directed while also taking direction and working within systems already in place. The candidate will further be outgoing, empathetic, energetic, non-judgmental and a generally happy person who easily motivates others.
Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample by e-mail with “Employment Services Associate” in the subject line to:
141 Franklin Street
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
Inspirica is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, veteran status, the presence of a non-job related handicap, or any other legally protected status.