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The Urban League of Portland

The Community Works Project is a collaborative program that provides job preparation and
placement services to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) participants who are
participating in the Job Opportunities Basic Skills (JOBS) program. Urban League of Portland is one of
six (6) agencies working collaboratively under the Community Works umbrella to provide culturally and
linguistically specific services to Portland’s diverse JOBS program participants.

The Community Works Job Developer will develop, coordinate and maintain connections with business
and community resources for JOBS participants to meet their employment plan goals and to achieve
project outcomes. The Community Works Job Developer will keep monitor of active job postings, as
well as make in-person connections with local organizations, workforce specialists, and other
businesses. They will also facilitate the employment process with each applicant from initial contact
through the on-boarding/orientation process. This is an excellent opportunity to build HR and
recruitment experience!



  • Maintain records of qualified candidates (JOBS Plus) to meet hiring needs quickly and efficiently
  • Maintain record of positions open at multiple locations, including available shifts, pay rate, and
    qualification requirements
  • Build relationships with businesses, local organizations, and employment specialists
  • Track trends in the employment market and adjust recruiting strategy to remain competitive;
    target growing industries that truly match JOBS participants’ employment opportunities.
  • Organize, manage, and attend recruiting events
  • Conduct effective and appropriate pre-interviews; provide participant screening prior to job
    referral to ensure a good fit based on their particular qualifications and barriers
  • Support Workforce Specialists in developing employment opportunities for participants
  • Act as a liaison between employers and Workforce Specialists
  • Assist employers and JOBS Plus/Work Experience clients with ongoing training needs; address
    concerns of employers; provide effective follow-up to placement. Work with employers to
    resolve ongoing issues
  • Support Project Management in daily project operation, outcomes achievement, and developing
    reports to the Department of Human Services (DHS) management and project leadership team
  • Present employment and volunteer opportunities at regular project staff meetings to ensure
    employment resource sharing, participants’ referrals to employment opportunities, coordination
    with local businesses and partnering agencies. Encourage open communication and team
    approach to project activities with a customer service approach
  • Track the work performance, placement satisfaction and training progress of JOBS Plus and Work
    Experience participants through informal check-ins and regularly scheduled evaluations
  • Represent Community Works consortium and Urban League of Portland at meetings with DHS
    management and staff, Work Source centers and other agencies upon Community Works
    Project Manager’s request.
  • Any other duties as assigned.



  • Five (5) consecutive years of experience providing workforce development services related to
    human services, job placement and job development, OR
  • Associates Degree in related field with three (3) consecutive years of experience
    providing workforce development services related to human services, job
    placement and job development, OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field with two (2) years of experience in job development and
    placement activities
  • Experience working with and relating to African Americans
  • Must have a car for daily use, in-state insurance with your name on the policy and a valid
    Oregon state license, active for at least one year with an acceptable driving record.



  • Commitment to and knowledge of social justice issues and the dynamics of social change
  • Experience with pre-employment activities and job search development
  • Ability to work independently and also within a team
  • Knowledge and/or experience of vocational and/or placement counseling diverse
  • Knowledge of the local job market and concerns of employers
  • Strong analytical and decision-making abilities
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and make good judgments as it pertains to clients
  • Strong skills in intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks; good time-management, crisis prevention, critical
    thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Good written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a
    professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone
  • Ability to listen and develop rapport and relate well with community members
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise reports
  • Ability to function in a positive manner in a demanding work environment, to demonstrate a
    high degree of flexibility, to respond to priorities and schedules that change frequently
  • Ability to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Ability to use basic office equipment, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, and computer
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, drive, talk on the phone and/or use computer for long periods of time
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and support the goals and mission of the Urban League
    of Portland


How to apply: Please submit a detailed and compelling letter detailing your suitability for this position
and your passion for the mission of the Urban League of Portland, as well as names and contact
information of three references and a resume to gro.xdplunull@tnemtiurcer. No calls accepted. Position is
open until filled, but interested candidates are strongly encouraged to respond quickly.


About the Urban League of Portland: Established in 1945, the Urban League of Portland is one of the
oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the region. We are part of a
network of over 80 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the
leading voices for African Americans and others in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are a key
coalition-builder amongst other organizations, and work extensively with both traditional and emerging
groups, the faith-based community, businesses, and other organizations, including those serving
immigrants and refugees. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and
others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our
programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. We offer
workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services,
meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.

Equal Opportunity Statement: The Urban League of Portland is an affirmative action and equal
opportunity employer. All qualified employees and applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation,
marital status, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in
accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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