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DWS WORKFORCE SPECIALIST

Date:  Feb 14, 2021
Req ID:  1193
Location: 

Forrest City, AR, US, 72335

Category:  DEPT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES
Anticipated Starting Salary:  18077.49

Position Number: 22093139
County: Craighead, St. Francis, Crittenden, Jefferson
Posting End Date: Continuous

MSFW

This position is an extra-help part time position.

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014
(WIOA) Regulations at 653.108, the preferred candidate must be:
(1) From a Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) background; or
(2) Speak Spanish or other languages of a significant proportion of the State MSFW population; or
(3) Who have substantial work experience in farmworker activities

FEDERALLY-REQUIRED JOB FUNCTIONS
In addition to the Typical Job Functions listed above, this position serves as Arkansas Outreach Staff for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFWs).
(b) Outreach staff responsibilities. Outreach staff must locate and contact MSFWs who are not being reached by the normal intake activities conducted by the ES offices. Outreach staff responsibilities include:
(1) Explaining to MSFWs at their working, living, or gathering areas (including day-haul sites), by means of written and oral presentations either spontaneous or recorded, in a language readily understood by them, the following:
(i) The services available at the local one-stop center (which includes the availability of referrals to training, supportive services, and career services, as well as specific employment opportunities), and other related services;
(ii) Information on the Employment Service and Employment-related Law Complaint System;
(iii) Information on the other organizations serving MSFWs in the area; and
(iv) A basic summary of farmworker rights, including farmworker rights with respect to the terms and conditions of employment.
(2) Outreach staff must not enter work areas to perform outreach duties on an employer's property without permission of the employer unless otherwise authorized to enter by law; must not enter workers' living areas without the permission of the workers; and must comply with appropriate State laws regarding access.
(3) After making the presentation, outreach workers must urge the MSFWs to go to the local one-stop center to obtain the full range of employment and training services.
(4) If an MSFW cannot or does not wish to visit the local one-stop center, the outreach worker must offer to provide on-site the following:
(i) Assistance in  preparation of applications for employment services;
(ii) Assistance in obtaining referral(s) to current employment opportunities;
(iii) Assistance in the preparation of either ES or employment-related law complaints;
(iv) Referral of complaints to the ES Complaint System Representative or ES Office Manager;
(v) Referral to supportive services and/or career services in which the individual or family member may be interested; and
(vi) As needed, assistance in making appointments and arranging transportation for individual MSFW(s) or members of his/her family to and from local one-stop centers or other appropriate agencies.
(5) Outreach staff must make follow-up contacts as necessary to provide the assistance specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (4) of this section.
(6) Outreach staff must be alert to observe the working and living conditions of MSFWs and, upon observation or upon receipt of information regarding a suspected violation of Federal or State employment-related law, document and refer information to the ES Office Manager for processing in accordance with  658.411.  if an outreach staff member observes or receives information about violations, the staff member must document and refer the information to the ES Office Manager.
 (7) Outreach staff must maintain complete records of their contacts with MSFWs and the services they perform.
(8) Outreach staff must not engage in political, unionization, or anti-unionization activities during the performance of their duties.
 (9) Outreach staff in significant MSFW local offices must conduct especially vigorous outreach in their service areas.
This position also requires staff to do housing inspections for farmworkers in accordance to  654.40



The mission of the Department of Commerce is to champion economic opportunities through strategic initiatives and an equitable regulatory environment that attracts and grows businesses, safeguards consumers, enhances workforce quality, and energizes our infrastructure, creating a better quality of life for all Arkansans.

Position Information

Class Code: G217C

Grade: GS06

FLSA Status: NON-EXEMPT

Salary Range: $36,155.00 - $52,425.00

Summary
Date: 07/01/2009 STATE OF ARKANSAS JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Workforce Specialist is responsible for career orientation and planning, assessment, and enrollment of clients seeking eligibility for DWS programs and related services. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Functions
Interviews clients to determine eligibility for DWS programs and services by reviewing clients' forms, asking questions concerning clients' work history, and providing information on programs and services. Enrolls clients in DWS programs after reviewing clients' profile information and comparing profile to criteria for program eligibility to determine eligibility. Contacts employers/clients by telephone or correspondence to discuss job orders, potential job applicants, and issues concerning clients' eligibility for benefits or program services. Performs job placement activities by researching files and selecting position openings compatible with clients' employment profile, schedules interviews for clients, and informs clients of date, time, and location of interview. Administers aptitude and job skills assessments to job applicants by monitoring assessments, scoring and recording results and scheduling assessments. Accesses computer terminal to enter, check, and retrieve information concerning clients' information. Counsels clients by explaining program eligibility, program benefits, and employment opportunities. Completes forms, reports, and records associated with DWS programs. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.
Dimensions
None
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of workforce development principles and practices. Knowledge of interviewing techniques. Knowledge of skills assessment techniques. Skill in operating computer equipment. Ability to gather information and determine eligibility for programs or services. Ability to communicate information orally and in writing. Ability to locate and research information.
Minimum Qualifications
The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in general business, social sciences, business administration, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Licenses
None

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