Employment & Vocational Specialist

Program Description:

Next Step, Project Renewal’s award-winning Job Placement program, places homeless, formerly homeless, and low-income individuals in competitive employment.  Next Step’s Employment & Vocational Specialists are a vital part of the dynamic team that provides job readiness and job placement services to our client base.

The Employment & Vocational Specialist works with clients to develop realistic, individualized job-search plans which accurately reflect the client’s professional skills and interests.  The Employment & Vocational Specialist identifies employment opportunities for clients.  He/she will spend time each week in the field visiting prospective employers and developing employer relationships. She/he will also research job search databases to identify interview opportunities for individual clients.  The Employment & Vocational Specialist will then work closely with clients to set up interviews and coach them through the job search process.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The essential duties of the Employment & Vocational Specialist include but are not limited to the following activities

  • Preparing clients for employment and placing them into jobs that meet program goals

  • Establishing a network of employers across various sectors who will provide job opportunities for clients

  • Managing a caseload of clients and meeting job placement goals

  • Developing employer partners in specific sectors to support training and placement initiatives

  • Developing job orders specifically aligned with the skills and interests of clients

  • Meeting with clients individually to develop a customized job search plan

  • Assisting clients in developing their job readiness skills and preparing them for the workforce

  • Preparing clients for specific job interviews by means of activities such as mock interviews, and ensuring that clients have all necessary applications, resumes, documentation and job search paperwork

  • Maintaining timely and detailed case records for each client and employer in the Salesforce database system, including documenting job search and follow-up activity

  • Representing Project Renewal at job fairs and other public forums

  • Coordinating recruitment and hiring events with employer network

  • Following up on job placements to verify employment and monitor employer and client satisfaction

  • Conducting job readiness workshops for clients



  • B.A. in human resources, social work, business or marketing preferred.  Other degrees will be considered.

  • Prior experience in sales, social work or human resources preferred.

  • Ability to effectively develop job orders for low-skilled job seekers required. 

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to professionally interact with a wide range of diverse individuals required.

  • Computer proficiency is a must


To apply: e-mail resume with cover letter indicating position and salary requirements: careers@projectrenewal.org