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Way Finders Job Developer in Springfield, Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD/WESTERN MA HYBRID REMOTE Job Developer Interested in joining our team of dedicated professionals? Way Finders is currently seeking two full-time Job Developers. The Job Developer furthers our mission by securing job openings for clients through the promotion of programs to employers, including benefits, training opportunities, and supports offered. The Job Developer will work towards providing meaningful placement, stability, and long-term employment for participants. The candidate may work in a hybrid-remote capacity but must live within commutable distance. Onsite work and meetings throughout Western Massachusetts are regularly expected. Requirements include: 3 years\' equivalent experience in workforce development or a related role, with 1 year as a field specialist; a combination of experience plus an Associate degree may be a substitute Able to effectively and professionally communicate (speaking, listening) with diverse populations Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred, but not required Demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office applications, and comfort learning new technologies Ability to assess priorities, organize, and operate in a flexible manner while retaining a high level of attention-to-detail Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, with the capacity to communicate effectively with diverse individuals Valid driver\'s license with acceptable driving record; reliable vehicle CORI Responsibilities include: Promote and develop employment and on-the-job training opportunities for program participants; assist employers in revising standards which exclude applicants from jobs Initiate and maintain professional relationships with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies to promote programs for participant placement; make cold calls to potential employers; explain the benefits and employment support services provided by program(s) to employers, including addressing employer\'s special needs Maintain contact with employers following placement to ensure job stability; perform necessary post-placement and post-exit follow-up to ensure long-term job retention Research internet, newspapers, agencies, and other resources for job leads; locate jobs for participants who have successfully completed training programs; collect data from employers related to job orders including job requirements and skills; match job skills with applicant qualifications; refer qualified applicants to employers and conducts necessary follow-up when applicants are placed in positions Maintain timely, complete, and accurate case files; keep accurate, updated data of employer relationships; coordinate efforts with appropriate resources and stakeholders, including One Stop Career Centers and the Secure Jobs Initiative; enter and oversee essential tracking and coordination of required program documents Attend virtual and in-person job fairs, as appropriate and assigned Travel to various locations throughout Western Massachusetts, including Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties during the work week to cultivate relationships with area employers and providers, as well as connect with program participants Assess feedback, positive and negative, from employee/employer during employment period; make recommendations as per program processes Transport clients to appointments as appropriate Provide technical guidance, training and assistance to other program staff on program guidelines, processes, resource availability, and in the resolution of involved or complex matters Establish and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with internal staff and departments, community groups, funding sources, and other workforce development agencies or community agencies Proactively identify and inform program management of any issues that may adversely affect the department or organization