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Employment Specialist (Atlanta)

Atlanta, Georgia
$30,000.00 - $38,000.00 Salary/year
Closing date
Sep 26, 2021

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Focus Areas
Human Services
Job Function
Direct Service / Social Service
Position Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Employment Specialist (Atlanta)


Job LocationAtlanta - Atlanta, GA

Position TypeFull Time

Education Level4 Year Degree

Salary RangeUndisclosed

Travel %Up to 50%

Job ShiftDay

Job CategoriesNonprofit - Social Services


Job Summary: The Employment Specialist has two primary responsibilities: job development and job placement for refugee clients. To fulfill these responsibilities, he or she will cultivate relationships with employers and with employment-related community resources, including private employment agencies and the Georgia Department of Labor. Appropriate documentation of job development and placement services is considered part of service provision. Pre- and post-placement services should be provided to both employers and clients. Additional duties that may be assigned include writing reports, creating employment program materials, and updating orientation curricula. (The Matching Grant Program is in Atlanta site only.)

Essential Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

  • Identifies and contacts appropriate employers who will provide entry-level jobs at market rates in suitable work sites
  • Portrays Inspiritus’s Matching Grant and Employment Program as a reliable staffing source
  • Documents each employer contact and all employer information on the shared job data bank
  • Interviews clients and assesses their education, marketable job skills, career goals, and individual barriers to employment
  • Orients groups of clients to the U.S. workplace and the area job market
  • Assists clients (or refers for assistance) with online job searches and applications
  • Interacts with clients to ensure a suitable match between a client and a potential employer.
  • Assists in enrolling clients in the Matching Grant program provides employment orientation and ESL instruction
  • Transports clients to job interviews or arranges alternative transportation
  • Interprets for clients as required or arranges for interpretation
  • Ensures that all MG clients are employed on their 120th day in the United States and stay employed through their 180th day at minimum
  • Writes comprehensive case notes to document activities on behalf of each client and enters each client’s employment data in the database(s)
  • Documents notes on Matching Grant clients employment status at 90, 120, and 180 days in the IRIS database
  • Contacts employer and client after client placement to identify and help resolve any problems
  • Contributes to maintaining each client’s DHS and or Matching Grant file
  • Documents client referrals and placements on the shared client employment chart
  • Coordinates activities with related Refugee Services programs to ensure the provision of high-quality services offered with efficiency and economy
  • Provides backup services for other Employment staff and other Refugee Services staff as appropriate
  • Performs the above duties at out-posted locations as assigned
  • Evaluates and updates employment training materials as needed in conjunction with supervisor
  • Develops marketing and outreach materials for employers and clients in conjunction with supervisor and Resource Development Department
  • Maintains personal and professional boundaries in the performance of the job
  • Forges mutually respectful partnerships with clients, co-workers, and employers
  • Participates in LSG functions and public relations activities
  • Participates in in-service training and conferences related to the programs
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, and instructions
  • Complies with the various federal, state, or local laws that apply to and regulate their job duties

Non-Essential Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet program needs

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Financial Responsibilities: None


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a social service or business field and minimum of two years of previous direct work experience in employment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Experience working in a culturally diverse environment
  • Ability to balance the needs of the client and the employer
  • Conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change
  • Ability to set limits and maintain the helping role of the practitioner
  • Excellent computer skills, accurate typing, and knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Must own a personal multi-passenger vehicle, hold a valid Georgia Driver’s license, have a good driving record, and have appropriate personal auto insurance
  • Must have the ability to communicate with all persons in a culturally competent manner.
  • Must be sensitive to the service populations’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Sales, recruiting, and/or non-profit job development experience preferred
  • Familiarity with major area employers, public transportation, and neighborhoods
  • Experience with human services programs
  • Reads writes and speaks a relevant foreign language

Success Factors:

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Proactive problem solver
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing conditions
  • Ability to respond positively to clients and employers
  • Excellent follow-through with commitments
  • Professional manner, speech, and dress
  • Ability to work in a team environment with a diverse group of people

Physical Demands: Regularly required to talk and hear in person and on the telephone. Required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls: and reach with hands and arms to operate a computer and other office equipment. Required to operate a personal vehicle. The employee frequently lifts and or moves up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions: While performing the responsibilities of this job, the employee travels by personal motor vehicle and is exposed to changing weather conditions. May perform job functions at out-posted locations as assigned.


For over thirty five years, Inspiritus, formerly Lutheran Services of Georgia and Lutheran Services in Tennessee, has promoted programs that enhance the stability, wellness, health, and safety of individuals and families. Since our founding in 1981, we have touched the lives of more than 100,000 individuals. Please see some key dates in our history below.

Our Mission Inspiritus guides individuals and families on a path from surviving to thriving. We empower those whose lives have been disrupted to discover their strengths and resilience, accompanying them as they grow into vibrant contributors to their community.  Our Vision Transformed communities where all, regardless of their background or circumstances, thrive and enrich the world around them.


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230 Peachtreet Street NW
Suite 1100
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