Job Development Specialist

Create or identify spots in the workforce for disadvantaged people.
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$29,000 – $93,000

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What do Job Development Specialists do?

Job Development Specialists help underprivileged and disadvantaged people find and gain employment. They work with both employers and job applicants on behalf of government agencies, nonprofits, and service-based organizations.

When working with employers — including Small Business Owners, CEOs, and Human Resource Managers, among others — it’s your job as a Job Development Specialist to collaborate on the placement of disadvantaged applicants. To do that, you design and execute inclusive recruitment programs. You also develop non-discriminatory employment policies. In addition, you provide sensitivity training to Employment Managers, and promote the benefits of hiring people from at-risk communities.

When working with applicants, meanwhile — including at-risk youth, homeless people, veterans, and the chronically unemployed, among others — your responsibilities as a Job Development Specialist include giving interests-and-abilities assessments, and conducting job readiness workshops. You also teach job-training classes, and assist with job applications and resumes. In addition, you give mock job interviews, and match applicants with open positions.

Part Social Worker, part Career Counselor, you understand that a job is more than just a job. It’s also a way to provide for one’s family, develop self-confidence, and achieve the American dream. In other words, it’s social currency, and you’re the Banker!

Should I be a Job Development Specialist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Career Development Specialist, Credentials Specialist, Job Developer, Job Placement Specialist See More

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    Job Development Specialist

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