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Urban League of Portland



Scope: The primary role of the Career Coach / Workforce Specialist is to help job seekers find and retain new or better jobs. This includes providing individualized assessment and counseling to help job seekers identify short and long term career goals and the pathway to achieve those goals; engagement with employers to identify job opportunities and ensure successful matches with job seekers; ongoing coaching and case management to ensure that individuals maintain their jobs and are advancing towards their career goals.  Provide orientation, instruction and employment placement services for job seekers, assisting clients ranging from highly-skilled, highly-educated jobseekers to those with multiple barriers to employment. The Career Coach / Workforce Specialist will provide enhanced individualized, long-term guidance for participants as they work through a career plan including progression through training and into employment.  Major responsibilities include: outreach/recruitment, enrollment, career mapping, individualized career coaching, referrals, and facilitation of participant engagement in services, secure job placement and retention. The ultimate goal is to help participants achieve long-term career satisfaction and self-sufficiency.


Contributes to the organization’s commitments, initiatives, and goals by performing the following duties


  • Provide outreach and recruitment services to identify targeted unemployed or underemployed individuals, and enroll them in Urban League Employment Program and services.
  • Engage participants in Career Mapping to identify strengths, gifts and capacities, develop goals and concrete strategies for addressing barriers to employment.
  • Provide continuous and enhanced life skills, soft skill development and career coaching to help participants build employability and life skills while receiving SNAP benefits
  • Engage participants in job readiness activities that will address cultural and linguistic barriers to employment
  • Link eligible and ready clients to Urban League resources and partner resources.
  • Provide enhanced and ongoing job search and placement support to participants
  • Provide retention and advancement support once participant has entered employment
  • Provide resource information for tutoring during occupational training or volunteer management as necessary
  • Open communication with key partners and employers on participant’s activities, progress and challenges through established systems, phone calls, emails and regular meetings
  • Maintain accurate records and statistics to reflect project activities
  • Help job seekers become work ready by identifying areas of character, skill, and behavior development and eliminating unproductive habits that hinder their ability to achieve stable employment.
  • Guide job seekers as they implement their employment plans and empower job seekers to take ownership of their employment goals, and be accountable for taking the action steps to achieve their goals.
  • Help job seekers connect with resources to help them accomplish their employment goals and maintain stability while seeking employment.
  • Coordinate and facilitate job readiness services including workshops, skills training, and other skill development opportunities.



  • A Bachelor Level degree in related field (preferred), plus two years relevant work experience.
  • OR Completion of a minimum of two years of college level course work (required) plus three years relevant work experience in employment related field.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of social justice issues and the dynamics of social change, the history and mission of the Urban League of Portland, and expertise in present scope of Urban League service and advocacy programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point and Access.
  • Excellent writing, speaking and analytic skills.
  • Ability to work with clients in a professional manner, keeping end-goals in mind during that process.
  • Ability to work independently and accurately with close attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Excellent organization skills with the ability to follow through and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with and/or expertise in a broad range of social justice issues, particularly involving education, employment, health, child welfare and criminal justice, as such issues relate to the African American communities in the region.
  • Creative, results-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage multiple ongoing projects.
  • Ability to work with diverse communities; specific understanding of African American culturally specific initiatives and programs.
  • Ability to present a positive and professional image to clients, staff and community through dress and effective verbal and written communication.
  • Access to a personal vehicle and a valid driver’s license.


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