Workforce Development Specialist
San Luis Obispo, CA 
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Job Description

Working with us takes a certain kind of person; we want someone who identifies with our values and is willing to challenge themselves both personally and professionally. We seek employees who are passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others.

Eckerd Connects provides Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services through contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor and local workforce boards, partnerships, and strategies to provide and create a career pathway for youth, adults, and dislocated workers. Training services include occupational skills training, customized training, on-the-job training, incumbent worker training, and transitional employment opportunities. We provide youth with development, academic instruction, career & technical education, and access to the 14 WIOA Youth Elements. We establish and develop relationships and networks with large and small employers and their intermediaries as well as develop, convene, or implement industry or sector partnerships.

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Hourly Range: $22.00 to $25.00

Position Concept
The Workforce Development Specialist is the primary point of contact between our staff, participants and potential employers. The WDS will build a network of business relationships that support subsidized and unsubsidized employment opportunities for participants.

Essential Functions

  • Attend/conduct activities in the community relating to employment services and connect with employers and community organizations on a frequent basis to market and enrich the program and the success of the participants.
  • Maintains regular contact with employers to monitor employment satisfaction and to suggest refinement of requirements to better prepare participants and meet employer hiring needs.
  • Works with participants to develop assigned subsidized placement, accurately completes Worksite Agreements, clearly reviews policies and process with participant and employer.
  • Assists in the development and documents job duties, and follows up with employer/participant surveys regularly to ensure program satisfaction and success.
  • Develop and/or strengthen relationships with local employers, colleges, military, and social service agencies leading to fulfillment of contractual objectives.
  • Enter data collected on client and employer activity in an internal and/or state system. Maintain accurate participant records, performs filing and general clerical functions. Tracks and reports on placement activities. Works with staff to identify job placement concerns and propose solutions.
  • Program marketing, minimum one event/quarter (Specialized Recruitment's, job fair).
  • Understands of Labor Market Information, Demand Occupations, and watch for trends in employment.

Position Specifications

Education: Related Bachelor's Degree from an accredited College or University preferred.

Experience: 2+ years relevant work experience hiring, training, and managing staff. Past experience working with the targeted population.

Skills: Excellent people skills and ability to build relationships. Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of participants, staff, and community. Basic knowledge and understanding of issues that affect people with barriers and disabilities. Strong process orientation: Detail oriented, logical, and methodological approach to problem solving. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, and technical procedures. Ability to deal with complex problems involving multiple facets and variables in non-standardized situations.

Other: Must meet state criminal background check requirements.

Travel: Must have appropriate and valid state driver's license and be able to meet requirements for Eckerd's Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes. Travel up to 40% of the time.

Physical Demands: The environment is an open office/classroom type facility that is reasonably clean and comfortable. The incumbent is in a non-confined setting in which he/she is free to move about. The position requires that the incumbent spend time writing, typing, speaking, listening, lifting (up to 25 pounds), carrying, seeing (such as close, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and adjusted focus), sitting, pulling, walking, standing, squatting, kneeling and reaching.

*This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties that may be performed by a person so classified.

Make more than a Living, Make a Difference

We provide our employees with numerous opportunities for growth, education, advancement, and the chance to contribute to business objectives. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance | 19 days of Paid Time Off the first year | 11 paid holidays | Retirement savings plan with employer match up to 5% | Flexible spending accounts | Paid short-term and long-term disability | Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance | Voluntary term life insurance

Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and founded in 1968 by philanthropists, Jack and Ruth Eckerd, Eckerd Connects is one of the largest national nonprofit child and family service organizations in the United States. Eckerd provides a full continuum of life-changing behavioral health, child welfare services, and workforce development through multiple offices and facilities nationwide that strengthen families, assist young adults, and help children succeed.

Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. ("Eckerd Connects") considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Eckerd Connects is a drug-free workplace and utilizes E-verify to confirm employment eligibility.


Eckerd Kids is a drug-free workplace and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Vets employer. Eckerd utilizes E-verify to confirm employment eligibility.

Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. ("Eckerd Kids") considers all applicant's for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap or disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special-disabled veteran in accordance with federal law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
2+ years
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