Employment Specialist (San Francisco, CA)

$25.00 hourly
  • Catholic Charities
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Apr 10, 2020
Full time - Permanent Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Catholic Charities SF, the not-for-profit service arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is one of the Bay Area's largest human services organizations. Catholic Charities SF provides programs and services for 70,000 people in need within the three county regions of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Catholic Charities SF's programs include a full spectrum of services for families and youth, single parents, aging adults, persons living with HIV, refugees and immigrants, homeless and those at risk of being homeless, individuals with physical disabilities, and incarcerated adults and youth. In conjunction with Mercy/Charities Housing Inc., Catholic Charities SF is also a recognized leader in a not-for-profit housing development. 


  • Work closely with CalWORKs welfare to work families to make a smooth transition from SF to the new county the family will relocate.
  • Place CalWORKs’s participants in jobs
  • Target local businesses and develop employer contacts.
  • Create an internship program.
  • Provide career counseling and assistance in job search techniques.
  • Broaden volunteer team for resources such as resume and cover letter writing, workshops and support groups, and career information.
  • Monitor progress of customers, on jobs and internships.
  • Research and create job opportunities for Spanish speaking and limited English-speaking customers.
  • Facilitate employment and training related workshops
  • Maintain case records and statistics and prepare regular reports to funders.
  • Attend organization and program meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Maintain continuity of services by coordinating with new and existing service providers.
  • Develop and maintain positive professional relationships with collaborative service providers, funders and communities that will meet the changing needs of client population.
  • Assist clients in accessing appropriate resources and take appropriate actions relative to employment opportunities.
  • Maintain close communication with other service providers involved with each client
  • Design and implement program activities for all program participants.
  • Participate in related program, organization and community meetings as assigned.
  • Maintain proper client and program documentation.
  • Represent the program and organization at outside meetings as needed.
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience
  • BA Degree in Social Work or similar field preferred or five years related experience.
  • Experience working with homeless population.
  • Experience navigating the Bay Area housing market

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Bilingual in Mandarin/Cantonese, Spanish or Russian preferred
  • Knowledge of bay area county employment opportunities/networks.
  • Strong coordination skills.
  • Knowledge of community resources for population.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize tasks with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to design systems and processes to track data and monitor progress.
  • Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office Products.
  • Knowledge of mandatory reporting requirements for people working with ageing adults and children.
  • Knowledge of issues facing homeless individuals.
  • Achievement oriented and client focused.
  • Cultivates teamwork and cooperation.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Intermittent Bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting and walking.
  • Intermittent Lifting, pushing and pulling.
  • Frequent Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
  • Driving is required for this position.

If driving is requested for a specified project, incumbent must have a valid California driver's license and be able to provide proof of DMV record and personal insurance (if required.)


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Working environment is clients’ living environment as we conduct home visits for all clients regularly.
  • When entering a client's private space, there may be exposure to personal possessions/artwork which could be offensive.
  • Many children and constant noise.
  • Occasional need to interact with clients that may be expressing anger both appropriately and inappropriately.

DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Department or Program: SF HOME
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position
Union status: Union
Fingerprinting clearance: Required
TB Screening: Not required
First Aid Certificate: No First Aid required