Workforce Development Specialist

Alameda, CA 94501
Salary: $17.00 to $20.00 /hour


POSITION: Workforce Development Specialist

DIVISION: Adult Services: Employment

REPORTS TO: Workforce Development Manager

CLASSIFICATION: Nonexempt, Regular Full-Time Employee


The Alameda Point Collaborative works to end homelessness by providing housing and services to create communities where formerly homeless families and individuals can flourish.

Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) is a nonprofit agency operating on the site of the former Naval airbase in Alameda, managing 200 housing units for over 500 formerly homeless residents and providing support services including case management, counseling, employment training and children and youth services.


Under the general direction of the Workforce Development Manager, as a member of the Workforce Development Team, the Workforce Development Specialist assists supportive housing residents to achieve their employment and education goals. This position will be responsible for the implementation of the On the Job Training program, including group activities, classes, and events, working closely with Support Specialists and Children & Youth staff to ensure that employment and career activities are integrated into all APC program services. This position will also support residents to obtain the skills, tools, and resources to access employment through one-to-one career coaching within APC’s Service and Employment Center.


Outreach and Orientation Activities

  • Outreach to adult and youth residents at APC and inform them of Workforce Development opportunities available through APC.
  • Interview, advise, and guide a diverse population of clients to deliver comprehensive career services from intake and training, to job-placement and longitudinal tracking and support.
  • Provide onboarding assessment to gauge program candidate employability level and type of employment/ training to pursue for each individual.

Workforce Development Activities

  • Facilitate bi-weekly On-the-Job-Training (OJT) program Employment Skills classes
  • Coordinate with the Workforce Development team to adapt OJT curriculum to meet participant and potential employer needs
  • Recruit resident participants for OJT cohorts, on-site workshops and summer youth OJT activities
  • Create opportunities and events for employment opportunities, including job fair attendance, recruitment events, employer and training program relationships, and in-house workshops
  • Assist with development and implementation of a process for OJT program graduate tracking and support

Employment Center and One-to-One Employment Assistance

  • Coordinate Career Center activities with Career Center volunteers, including:
  • Assisting Career Center volunteers, interns, and OJTs in the following:
  • Job search assistance with participants in the Career Center.
  • Career Center orientations
  • Manage data collection and outcome reports for Career Center activities.
  • Arrange one-on–one appointments for job coaching, job-application, and ongoing support
  • Maintain current employment listings for Career Center job board

Agency and Team Duties

  • Participate as a member of the Workforce Development Team:
  • By attending all scheduled meetings
  • Complete service logs and notes
  • Provide back-up OJT training supervision
  • Participate in regular staff development trainings and meetings
  • Ensure that employment-related data is inputted and maintained in relevant databases
  • Ensure that backup contract service documentation related to employment service activities is maintained in client files.


  • B.A. degree in business, rehabilitation, social work, education or related field preferred. BA may be substituted by 3 years of paid work experience in social services or employment services.
  • With a BA, a minimum of 1-year experience in workforce development or social services.
  • Experience developing and implementing lesson plans to meet curriculum-based learning objectives.
  • Willingness to adapt work schedule to meet program and client needs.
  • Experience working effectively in a multicultural, diverse environment.
  • Familiarity with wellness- and recovery-based employment and service models.
  • Computer and technical proficiency to teach computer and internet employment access skills.
  • Technical proficiency to learn and manage data management systems.


  • Ability to work with accountability and complete assignments in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Ability to work as a member of a collaborative services team
  • Excellent engagement skills.
  • Creative and engaging teaching and training skills working directly with adults and or teens residing in disenfranchised communities, challenged by homelessness and/or disabilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good corrected reading and computer vision
  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to work effectively in high stress situations
  • Occasional lifting of 10-20 pounds
  • Must possess a valid CA Drivers’ License and maintain a driving history that meets APC insurance coverage requirements.

This job description does not promise or imply that the functions listed are the only duties to be performed or that the position may not change or be eliminated. Employees are always expected to follow their supervisor’s instructions and to perform the tasks requested by their supervisors.

Alameda Point Collaborative is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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