The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Employment Placement Specialist/Pathway Forward/Chicago

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
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    Social Services
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview



    Do you want to use your skills and talents to make a lasting difference in the world?  The Salvation Army is the fourth largest charity in the United States and is an international organization based on Biblical principles created to help people in need.  We are mission-driven, diverse, collaborative, and focused on positive results for people. Join us in making a difference.


    POSITION TITLE:    Employment Placement Specialist


    LOCATION:              Pathway Forward


    REPORTS TO:          Program Director


    FLSA CATEGORY:    Non-Exempt


    STATUS TYPE:         Regular Full-Time



    The mission of the Learning Resource Center is to help residents develop the skills needed to obtain and maintain employment which anchors reintegration into the community. 



    Residents are promptly oriented to the Center’s potential for educational and occupational enrichment.



    The Employment Placement Specialist is responsible for providing residents with employment assistance in accordance with, but not limited to, the following:


    1. Individual Program Plan (IPP). 
    2. Job placement resources both in the RRC (Pathway Forward) and in the community, to include the Department of Labor’s One-Stop System, consistent with current labor market trends. 
    3. Employment information assistance using computer-based technology and resources which include career assistance software and on-line resources (e.g. Internet, America’s Career Info Net). The EPS will have direct access to the Internet to meet this requirement. 
    4. Portfolio development, resume writing, proper dress, and interview techniques training. 
    5. Individual and group counseling, case management, and post-release follow-up relative to employment within the community, to include the area where the resident plans to live following release. 
    6. Employment job fairs either on-site or in partnership with other organizations, such as community colleges.
    7. To maximize job retention, every effort should be made to match a resident’s skill levels to an actual job placement. For example, an experienced heavy equipment operator may not be appropriately employed as a short order cook at minimum wage.  
    8. Through testing and counseling, residents develop specific plans to research and obtain employment which suits their interests, abilities, education, experience, aptitudes, and needs. Educational, intellectual, mental, and social deficits are quickly recognized and remedial or compensatory strategies are developed.
    9. Residents learn how to complete applications, write resumes, and follow up on interviews. Workshops develop presentation skills and appropriate office behavior.
    10. Discussions ease anxiety for job-seekers and new hires.  Through Life Skills classes and workshops, residents improve their ability to make appropriate decisions.
    11. Data is collected, tabulated, analyzed and circulated to departments which may benefit from the information.
    12. Programs are continuously evaluated against statistical information.  Policies and other written materials are reviewed and updated at least annually.
    13. All activities conducted meet or exceed the standards of the Bureau of Prisons, the American Correctional Association, and The Salvation Army.
    14. Will attend the Program Review Team (PRT) meetings.
    15. All other duties as assigned.


    This position reports to the Program Director.


    The Employment Placement Specialist works closely with the Job Developer, Training Manager, and the Chaplain to design and implement life skills. This employee supervises residents who are using the Learning Resource Center.  When appropriate, this individual consults with Reentry Case Managers and/or Clinical Services about resident problems.  This position requires continuous interaction with other agencies in the community.


    In all contacts related to this position’s duties, the individual acts as a representative of The Salvation Army and its mission.    



    • The minimum experience for this position is one year of work experience in guidance, counseling or job placement.  Work experience may be substituted with a specialized degree or certification in the field of guidance, counseling or career development.  


    • A commitment to uphold the mission of The Salvation Army and the Correctional Services Program. 
    • Commitment to the highest level of ethics and professionalism.
    • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team to deliver a continuous, meaningful sequence of services to residents. 
    • Knowledge of diverse, disadvantaged populations with multiple barriers—beyond a felony record—to educational and vocational success, including low literacy, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and impaired cognition. 
    • Demonstrated networking skills, highly creative, energetic and enthusiastic.
    • A positive, encouraging manner to facilitate trusting, open, and useful relationships with residents.  Ability to enforce boundaries, dispel self-pity, and forthrightly address self-defeating behavior. 
    • Excellent oral and written skills.
    • Excellent organizational and case management skills.
    • Familiarity with the particular problems of ex-offenders.
    • Expertise in Internet and Word.  
    • Comprehensive knowledge of current conditions in the job market and the workplace. The ability to apply that knowledge to assist residents in developing and realizing employment/educational goals.


    • This individual will only commit Army resources that have been allocated or approved.
    • This individual will keep the Program Director informed on all critical issues relating to their area of responsibility.
    • This individual will adhere to all policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.

    The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer


    Applicants with disabilities may contact us at (773)725-1100 for additional information or assistance with the application process.

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