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ABE Employment Specialist ( Skagit County )

Evergreen Goodwill

Evergreen Goodwill

Mt Vernon, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

ABE Employment Specialist ( Skagit County )

Skagit Mission, 242 E College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington, United States of America Req #1582
Friday, November 3, 2023

About Goodwill  We believe in the potential of individuals to make positive changes in their lives. We believe that education and training empower people to make those changes. Our vision for the communities we serve is that each person is able to choose rewarding employment, financial security and the experience of educational achievement. We are committed to creating and sustaining a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). We embrace our employees’ differences and acknowledge and support our collective responsibility. If you need any assistance in applying please contact for any assistance or accommodation requests. 

Job Title: JTE - ABE Employment Specialist                                                                        


Salary: $54,000


Job Summary

Responsible for providing job search assistance to students enrolled in Seattle Goodwill’s Job Training & Education Programs, including determining need, planning, and serving groups and individuals. This position will assist with planning, developing and implementing strategies to achieve a wide range of employment opportunities for a diverse population. Seattle Goodwill is committed to supporting and advancing a culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI); we acknowledge and support our collective responsibility.


Essential Functions:

Assess needs of job seekers, determining appropriate level of services and setting clear, attainable goals for employment, and provide effective job search tools.

Provide individual job search assistance to students, including job search, resume and cover letter writing, interview practice, finding job leads, completing applications, etc.

Facilitate labs and teach employment focused workshops.

Responsible to support, advance, and contribute to a DEI framework.

Collaborate with students, staff and managers to purposefully work to implement student centered DEI initiatives.

Attend required meetings, trainings and develop and deliver presentations. 

Build professional relationships with students and site staff that facilitate successful outcomes.

Build direct relationships with community service providers, community employment agencies, and area employers.

Maintain clear and accurate case notes in database, and maintain paper and electronic student files.

Present individual cases at monthly meetings, and relay all pertinent student information to Case Management and Employment Services Manager.

Actively participate in staff meetings, community events, and other departmental projects.

Demonstrates safe work practices through awareness and observation in support of a safety culture; reports any potential hazards or accidents.

Other duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The essential functions listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Minimum Job Requirements 

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in social work, social sciences, business, or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience

Experience: Minimum two years’ experience providing job placement services preferred.  Experience teaching/training preferred.  Experience working in Retail, Hospitality, or a related field a plus.

Specific Skills/Knowledge/Licenses:  Knowledge of local employment agencies, knowledge of pre-employment activities (writing resumes and cover letters, etc.), as well as government benefit and employment related immigration policies and procedures.  

Excellent communication and customer service skills.

Ability to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds with wide ranging skill levels and prior experience.

Solid understanding of the hiring process and workplace expectations for entry-level employees as well as US business culture in general. 

Must be committed to creating and sustaining a learning environment in which students feel safe, supported and encouraged; foster an environment that is inclusive, culturally rich, and bias free.

Maintain reliable attendance. 

Ability to work independently and has part of a team. Ability to make good decisions without on-site supervision.

Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, with the ability to learn new software as appropriate and necessary to the job.

Bilingual/multilingual capabilities preferred.

Must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.


Essential Physical Abilities: 

Able to safely lift/push/pull up to 20-40 lbs., for short distances. Perform repetitive fine motor functions with fingers, wrists and arms.  Be able to work in a dusty environment. Able to traverse a wide variety of physical environments without assistance including uneven surfaces and stairs.  Able to communicate with others effectively, verbally and in writing; including those who have limited English skills, large groups and small groups and individuals.  Able to use standard office equipment without assistance.  Able to maintain reliable attendance.


Essential Mental/Sensory Abilities:

Strong interpersonal skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong listening skills

Public speaking skills

Organizational skills

Time management skills


Working Conditions:

Office environment, moderate noise level.  This position requires regular travel, sometimes between locations, off-site meetings and events.


Proficiency with Experience:

Skilled (demonstrates ample knowledge and skills of duties, with 2-3 years of experience).


General Description of All Benefits

Evergreen Goodwill provides the following benefits to employees:

  • 20% employee shopping discount at all retail and outlet locations
  • Healthcare benefits, including medical, dental and vision for full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week
  • Vacation pay – based on job role and tenure
  • Sick time pay – based on accruals and Seattle Paid Sick/Safe Time
  • 9 paid holidays per year (includes floating holidays)
  • Voluntary insurance plans for full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week
  • Basic AD&D and Basic Life Insurance for full-time employees who work 30 hours or more per week
  • Long Term Disability insurance for exempt (salaried full-time employees)
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – free and confidential
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Employee loan program – for critical needs such as rent, electric bill, etc.
  • Educational loan program
  • Some job roles are eligible for bonuses
  • Jury duty and bereavement pay  

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  Goodwill believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. This position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit our employees nor Goodwill to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer their services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the Goodwill.

Other details

  • Job Family Mission
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $54,000.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $54,000.00