Employment & Training Assistant

Job Title: Employment & Training Assistant

Salary range: $19.12/hr.

Department: Department of Social Services

Employment Type: Full-time

Job Description:

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ASSISTANT

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:        An employee in this position is responsible for performing a variety of para-professional tasks in the Employment and Training section in the Department of Social Services such as information gathering, conducting initial interviews with, and verifying eligibility of, participants, and under supervision, counseling, job development, and monitoring of sub-grantees as well as internal systems and program.  The work differs from clerical work in that the incumbent is required to apply acquired knowledge of Employment and Training regulations and principles to individual situations and has an independence of judgment not permitted in clerical disciplines.  The position is under the direct supervision of a professional Employment and Training employee.  Supervision may be exercised over clerical personnel.  Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:

  • Assists in the development of realistic jobs and/or training opportunities for agency clients;
  • Reviews client applications and makes eligibility determinations;
  • Assists in matching job-ready participants with positions available in the public or private sector;
  • Under supervision, assists in the financial and non-financial monitoring of sub-agents;
  • May assist in the implementation, operation, and maintenance of an occupational assessment system;
  • Interviews clients and identifies client skills or job readiness problems as well as assists in the formulation of participant employability plans;
  • Disseminates information to clients regarding job opportunities, training, or other agency problems;
  • Participates in formal training courses as needed;
  • Attends on-the-job and special training sessions, and studies appropriate materials related to the conduct of local Employment and Training programs;
  • Prepares a variety of records and reports;
  • Conducts internal as well as external monitoring to determine system and program effectiveness;
  • Under supervision, assists in the assessment and enhancement of computer software systems.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Working knowledge of the operation of employment and training programs; working knowledge of social science concepts related to poverty and unemployment; ability to collect, organize and interpret data and information relating to employment and training programs and projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients; ability to express oneself both orally and in writing; ability to understand oral and written directions; computer skills required; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Promotion:

Two years of permanent status as an Office Specialist in the Lewis County Department of Social Services.

Open-Competitive:     Either:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credit hours in a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university; or
  2. Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma and two years of experience in job development, personnel counseling, or placement in an Employment and Training, community action, or similar agency dealing with the employment and training of economically disadvantaged, minority, handicapped, or low-income persons.
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).

NOTE:   Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be prorated toward meeting full-time experience requirements.

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