Career Development Specialist


Are you a professional looking to support your community? Would you like to work for an organization that shares your values? This is your opportunity to start a rewarding career with a recognized leader in workforce development whose reputation for preparing low-income parents for employment is unmatched in the community.


Title: Career Development Specialist

Position Status: Full-time, non-exempt

Hiring Range:  $38,000 –$42,000

Reports to:  Manager of Employment Services




Founded in 1982, CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income parents through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement. CWEE believes that regardless of personal situations and other barriers to employment, when an appropriate level of education and support is provided, individuals can and will succeed. CWEE has a long history of expertise and knowledge in the field of workforce development. CWEE advocates on many levels – from work on poverty and education issues to core programs and services – and works tirelessly on behalf of those served. CWEE is now seeking to expand its funding base and dramatically accelerate the impact of its services.



The Career Development Specialist provides direct service to CWEE program participants and is instrumental in coordinating various employment-related projects and events in collaboration with other employment services’ team members and other departments. This individual provides classroom instruction, career coaching and contributes to the department’s program evaluation and strategy with an emphasis on helping participants find and maintain employment.



•Teach employment related classes to adult learners with an emphasis on finding employment.

•Co-manage the job-search room.

•Coach participants to set and achieve appropriate employment objectives by identifying short and long term goals, obstacles, determining occupational qualifications and mapping out strategies to achieve their goals.

•Help participants through the process of searching for employment which may include: providing feedback on documents and skills; exposing participants to employer contacts, internships and other short-term training opportunities, as appropriate.

•Contribute to the achievement of monthly, quarterly and annual employment related goals.

•Track participant activities, progress and results using CWEE’s client management and outcome tracking systems.

•Coordinate the mock interview process and employer panels.

•Coordinate employment related volunteer recruitment and event planning efforts.

•Serve as a contact for offsite participants who are seeking employment related services.

•Conduct research on best practices in career development models and labor market trends to ensure CWEE’s curriculum and approaches to workforce development are cutting-edge.

•Assist the Director of Employer Engagement with relationship management and vetting process for new business and community partnerships.

•Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and willingness to attend occasional offsite meetings and events including before and after normal business hours.

•Other duties as assigned.



•Bachelor’s degree in relevant field from an accredited college or university.

•Minimum of two (2) years of professional work experience in human services, education, workforce development or related setting.

•Minimum of two (2) years of experience working with individuals from diverse and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

•One (1) year experience providing vocational and employment related services preferred but not required.

•One (1) year of facilitation/teaching experience with high school aged youth or adults.

•Experience working or volunteering at a non-profit organization or educational institution, preferred.

•Excellent business writing, public speaking and group facilitation skills.

•Excellent organizational and project management skills with close attention to detail to ensure effectiveness, brand recognition and credibility.

•Deadline oriented with strong ability to follow through on tasks with little supervision.

•Strong computer skills including web-based databases, internet research and proficient with Microsoft Office applications.



Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to erobertson@cwee.org and use Career Development Specialist in the subject line. Invitations for interviews will be extended upon review of qualified candidates until the position is filled and all final applicants will be expected to conduct a teaching presentation as part of the interview process. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.



CWEE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Minorities and individuals dedicated to diversity and multiculturalism are encouraged to apply.

A criminal background check of 7-years is required.