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9 Jul 2021

Full-Time Job Developer & Outreach Specialist

Friendship Place – Posted by Friendship Place Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job Description

Eligible for Sign-On Bonus! Please see details below.


Position Title:  Job Developer & Outreach Specialist

Reports to:  Division Director – AimHire

Category: Exempt (Regular Full-Time)

Location:  4713 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016; Temporary Remote Setting

Hours:  9:00am-5:00pm; some weekends/holidays (if needed)


Under leadership of the AimHire Division Director, the Job Developer & Outreach Specialist (JDOS) provides participant and employer engagement through the US Department of Labor funded “Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program,” or HVRP. The primary responsibility of this grant-funded position will be to engage veterans experiencing homelessness through direct outreach or contacts with veteran service organizations and other community-based providers to identify, assess, and enroll eligible veterans in HVRP services with a goal to enroll 125 veterans each program year. The position will also engage perspective employers toward developing partnerships and job placement opportunities for enrolled HVRP participants. The JDOS will also be the primary representative for the HVRP at community-based events, including hiring fairs, homeless service provider gatherings, Stand Down Events, and other identified opportunities.  The position will work across the DC Metro Region, and provide engagement services in The District of Columbia, Montgomery County (MD), Prince George’s County (MD), Arlington County (VA), Fairfax County (VA), Prince William County (VA), and the City of Alexandria (VA).  The position must be capable of working with participants from varying backgrounds, an understanding of the needs of veterans, and understand key frameworks and practices of: Lifespan Development, Trauma-Informed Care, and LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Sensitivity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Outreach Services (50%)

· Provide direct outreach services to veterans experiencing homelessness residing in encampments, shelters, transitional housing, and other homeless service organizations across the service area.

· Conducted partner/provider outreach to homeless services organizations, veteran service organizations, VA Medical Centers and Community Based Outreach Centers (CBOC), Vet Centers, Community Resource & Referral Center (CRRC), Continuum of Care groups, coordinated entry systems, employment centers (American Job Centers), penal institutions, hallway houses, and other locations where HVRP eligible veterans may engage

· Conduct eligibility screening for engaged veterans and provide resources/referrals for veterans ineligible for HVRP

· Complete HVRP Intake for eligible veterans and refer to Employment Specialist team for job readiness and housing assessment.

· Represent HVRP at local hiring fairs, homeless provider network gatherings, Veteran Stand Down events, and other events where eligible veterans may attend.

Job Development/Employer Support (50%)

· Initiates and maintains ongoing personal contacts with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies to promote HVRP as a source for potential veteran placement

· Makes cold calls to potential employers; explains the benefits and employment support services provided by HVRP to employers and participants, including addressing employer’s job requirements.

· Organizes job fairs for participants and invites employers to conduct interviews for open positions on site

· Keeps updated hiring fairs and Internet resources providing employment specialists with timely updates about upcoming events and new resources

· Identifies job training opportunities and special programs to prepare participants for employment

· Direct engagement with American Job Centers across service area to ensure points-of-contact and enrollment requirements for veterans in state-level supportive services

· Conducts follow-up with employers when applicants are placed in positions to ensure their success and employer satisfaction

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in the planning and development of new      projects as they relate to participant services.
  • Assess safety/well-being of participants and activate      emergency services and other necessary supports as needed.
  • Connect, collaborate, build, and maintain positive      relationships with external agencies that provide services to Friendship      Place participants.
  • Actively participate in case meetings, staff meetings,      and supervisions.
  • Actively participate in trainings and other events      offered by Friendship Place and other agencies.
  • Assists with volunteers when necessary.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


· Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, sociology, human services, preferred.

· At least 3 years prior work experience with individuals experiencing homelessness and/or veterans.

· At least 2 years in workforce development, employer recruitment or supportive employment, preferred


· Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong attention to detail

· Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills; ability to be flexible and implement innovative solutions that help participants achieve success

· Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced dynamic environment

· Strong networking skills and ability to connect with stakeholders to promote program services and positive outcomes through partnership

· Model professional behavior and maintain boundaries and confidentiality

· Proficient in Microsoft Office

· Knowledge of the Washington Metro Area including geography, transportation infrastructure and available services

· Bi-lingual Service Delivery, a plus

Working conditions

Position will spend time between office/desk settings, traveling to meet with participants, providers, and employers across the service area, and attend meetings/engagements with key stakeholders.  Travel time for position responsibilities may consist of up to 80% of time.

Physical and Environmental Requirements

Position requires split time between an office setting and traveling to engagements via car or public transportation.  Employee must be able to sit for extended periods of time with repetitive motion and positions. Employee must be able to operate a motorized vehicle.  Some lifting may be required (up to 20-25lbs).

Background checks

The selected candidate will be required to pass a criminal history background check, FBI fingerprinting and drug testing (and any additional tests/checks per grant requirements)

Direct reports


Specific Requirements:

Must have valid Driver’s license and personal vehicle to carry out job duties and responsibilities.


Other Details:

  • New Hires (Sign-on Bonus – $1,500.00 total)
    • $500.00 to be paid at the successful completion of the six (6) months introductory period.
    • $1,000.00 to be paid at the successful completion of the twelve (12) months period (i.e., one year anniversary).
    • A sign-on bonus is being offered to new employees; however, restrictions apply (see HR for details)
  • Application Deadline: This job is open until filled,      or the hiring manager determines that they can no longer accept      applications.
  • Compensation: The hiring pay range is between $51,558 – $56,339 annually.  Depending on the position, the starting hourly pay rate or annual salary is based on a step system.  A candidate’s starting pay determination is made based on meeting the basic position requirements, and current completed education, credentials and/or work experience.  Please Note: The step system is set and not open to pay negotiation.  Before moving forward in the selection process, interested applicants are encouraged to discuss starting pay eligibility with the Human Resources (Talent) Department.
  • COVID-19: Effective September 19, 2021, the District of Columbia (DC) mandates COVID-19 vaccination for government employees, contractors, interns, and grantees.  As a DC government contractor, we comply with this mandate by ensuring that all employees are in compliance with being vaccinated or have an approved exemption.  If you would like to proceed with completing an employment application, it is with the understanding that Friendship Place complies with the DC COVID-19 vaccine mandate.  We appreciate your interest in joining the Friendship Place team.
  • Location: TBD
  • Interview Process:  Phone screening, Panel style interview, Program Visits, Final Interview
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Benefits:  We offer an excellent benefits package including low cost health insurance, employer paid dental, vision, short and long term disability, life insurance, 403B matching, 15 days of vacation during 1st year of employment, sick leave, and much more!

Friendship Place is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job Types: Full-Time.

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