Full time position available with excellent benefits



Brattleboro, Vermont

Resume deadline: Friday September 15, 2017

Instructions to apply follow this job announcement


Vermont Adult Learning Job Title: Employment Specialist

Reports To: Regional Manager

Primary Work Site: Brattleboro, Vermont


Purpose of the Job: All tasks should be employment related, supporting the Employment Plan/Family Development Plan, and be specific in nature. All Employment Specialists will support Reach Up participants in their goal of achieving self sufficiency. Reports to VAL’s Regional Manager, with programmatic support from VAL’s Statewide Reach Up Coordinator. Day-to-day assignments come from the work of the local RU team and the Reach Up Supervisor. This position demands a commitment to exceptional performance as well as working successfully within a team environment. The functions and responsibilities of this position may fluctuate based upon the evolving needs of the participants.

Essential Functions & Responsibilities:

Reach Up team member

  • Participates fully as a member of the Reach Up (RU) District team and as a member of the statewide Reach Up learning community and network
  • Participates fully as a member of the local Creative Workforce Solution (CWS) team, shares employment information, and attends trainings specific to employment services offered by CWS
  • Participates in team based program evaluation, planning & development
  • Serves as communication link between Reach Up staff, employers, and participants
  • Works with an average caseload of 30 participants
  • Works as a team with the participant and RU Case Manager to support participants in moving towards employment using strength-based processes
  • Assists in handling emergencies as directed by or with input from the case manager, supervisor and team
  • Collaborates effectively with other service providers to integrate services intended to support & encourage participant employment
  • Documents client contacts in RU case notes; follows up to track and record client outcomes




Worksite Development, Placement, Support and Evaluation

  • Develops employer relationships and supports unpaid work site placement and job development activities based on the interests, aptitudes and abilities of participants
  • Performs assessments to ascertain skill needs
  • Trains clients in work-readiness skills appropriate to client needs
  • Prepares and completes all worksite packets, i.e., worksite agreement, participant agreement, attendance reports, participant evaluations
  • Monitors the progress of participants in work placements and provides on the job placement support
  • Acts as a liaison between RU participants and the employer to resolve problems, meet challenges and overcome barriers
  • Gathers all attendance reports and evaluations on a weekly basis or as case manager requires, and forwards to case manager.
  • May act as job coach within place/train/fade model.  Establishes system of check-in with participant and employer to ensure success



  • Integrates training into the job including soft skills as well as technical skills as needed
  • Provides assistance with resume preparation, interviewing skills, appropriate work search techniques, job applications, cover letters
  • Provides assistance with computer software for work search, labor market information, interest inventories, career exploration, etc. in conjunction with the employment team
  • May conduct job search groups, or job readiness training seminars based on the local teaming plan


Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Provides excellent customer service; committed to teamwork and collaboration
  • Engages participants in positive, caring relationships
  • Exercises strong organizational and time management skills
  • Supports continuous improvement; utilizes creativity in problem solving
  • Communicates effectively in English both orally and in writing; exhibits tact and discretion
  • Comprehends program goals & objectives and works systematically toward their achievement. Reports caseload status and supports measurements process.
  • Possesses strong computer skills, is familiar with MS Word and Excel, and is willing to learn required systems, like Salesforce

·         Understands community services and resources that are available to participants and facilitates their utilization

  • Maintains professional standards of confidentiality at all times
  • Previous experience working with Reach Up participants is helpful
  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of training experience preferably with adult learners in work readiness development or a relevant Associates Degree with 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Completion of Employment Specialist training as provided online by CCV/CWS is required within one year of hire date


Working Conditions & Environment: Requires reliable, personal transportation & valid driver’s license. This position requires use of a personal vehicle to visit participants at worksites and to engage with various employers. Mileage will be reimbursed. There may be occasional requirements for working evenings or weekends.

Pay Status: Exempt (salaried) position.

Criminal Background Check: A confidential, national criminal records check as well as a check against the Vermont Child Abuse and Neglect Registry will be performed on all applicants offered employment. Continued employment is subject to the final determination reached based upon the results of these checks.

Benefits: Vermont Adult Learning offers the following excellent benefits:

  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Premiums based upon employee’s work schedule
  • Some health plans offer a Health Savings Account with contribution from the organization.
  • Family coverage is also available.
  • Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance are available at no cost to the employee.
  • Flexible Spending/Dependent Care Benefits
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan with immediate vesting and organization match after one year.
  • Generous paid time off : Combined time off, sick days and 11 holidays
  • Parental leave policy


All Vermont Adult Learning staff are required to be familiar with Vermont’s Mandated Reporter law.


Starting salary: $17.06 / hour


Resume Deadline:  Friday September 15, 2017


TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume and three professional references (preferably supervisor or manager level) electronically to: chayes@vtadultlearning.org


Vermont Adult Learning is an Equal Opportunity Employer




Job Details

  • Position Type: Program
  • Location: Windham County
  • Employment Type/ Status: Full Time