New job Employment Specialist in South Dakota

Employment Specialist

Company : South Dakota State Government
Salary : $17.48 an hour
Location : South Dakota

Full Description


Job ID: 16127
Agency: Department of Labor and Regulation
Location: Aberdeen
Salary: $17.48/hr
Pay Grade: GH
Closing Date: 5/7/2021

This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Department of Labor and Regulation. For more information on the Department of Labor and Regulation, please visit

The SD Department of Labor and Regulation, Aberdeen Local Office, has an Employment Specialist opening that will provide services to local businesses plus career assessments, job referrals and job development, training site coordination, work direction, career coaching and support services, and counseling for individuals in need of specialized placement services and/or individuals seeking and /or receiving assistance from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Reemployment Assistance Division of the department.

Position works in a typical office environment where time is divided between the Job Service office, working with the business community, and with travel to area communities and schools as required.

The Employment Specialist will:

  • complete assessments to identify job skills as well as factors that limit potential employment opportunities;
  • provide individualized case management and counseling services to assist participants in removing barriers to employment;
  • develop employment plans, monitor program compliance, and coordinate services with resource agencies in the community;
  • implement job development and training opportunities for participants with various barriers to employment;
  • document all case management activities in detail.

Duties will include outreach and promotion with these activities:

  • provide career counseling services and coordinate work-based learning experiences.;
  • provide career exploration and awareness activities in the classroom, small group and individual interactions;
  • provide labor market information, job search counseling, and post high school planning services;
  • provide classroom presentations such as Bring Your A Game to Work or job search assistance workshops;
  • educate and connect with Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act (WIOA) services;
  • connect area employers with students to create work-based learning opportunities;
  • establish connections and partnerships with business and industry;
  • serve as a liason between businesses, educators and students to coordinate work-based learning opportunities such as industry tours, guest speakers, job shadows, internships, and mentor relationships.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Bachelor's degree in related coursework is preferred. If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. A score of Silver or higher is preferred;

Knowledge of:

  • case management interviewing and counseling techniques;
  • program eligibility requirements;
  • principles of human behavior and motivation;
  • employment programs and community services;
  • Labor Market and economic conditions in the local area;
  • marketing techniques of employers and human resource professionals to build effective working relationships;
  • knowledge of local educational, social services and support services offered in the community;
  • adaptive equipment to overcome employment barriers;
  • reasonable accommodations;
  • disabilities and how they affect individuals;
  • personal computer use with specific knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and have the ability work with various software programs.

Ability to:

  • build effective participant developmental plans and accurately maintain all required documentation, notes and follow up;
  • follow all program rules and regulation, keeping up with required changes;
  • use all technology available to manage communication and follow up with participants, program partners and co-workers;
  • develop and maintain relationships with participants, program partners, employers and co-workers;
  • effectively speak to students in a classroom setting and to individual and or small groups of particpants or employers about program services
  • communicate information clearly;maintain accurate records;
  • maintain accurate records;
  • work independently;
  • multitask;
  • probe for critical information;
  • tenaciously pursue alternatives and identify potential barrier breakers.
  • effectively work with program participants who may have barriers to employment;
  • build and maintain effective working relationships with employers, program partners and co-workers to work towards participant success.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Apply at:
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

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