HVRP Job Developer/Placement Specialist Job Position

Division: Bureau of Programs & Services

Department: Education, Training & Employment

Shift: 1st

Status: Full Time Non-Exempt

Reports to: ETE Program Manager


Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Job Developer/Placement Specialist is responsible to evaluate labor data to identify high-demand occupations. The incumbent; promotes and develops employment and on-the-job training opportunities for eligible veterans,  matches eligible veterans to job openings, assists employers in revising standards that exclude veterans from jobs, and demonstrates to employers the effectiveness and profitability of employing veterans.  The incumbent will work with low-income, homeless, recently released veterans with one or more barriers to employment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with local disabled veteran’s opportunities programs (DVOP) and local veteran’s employment representatives (LVER) to provide job development services and identify employment opportunities, associated credentialing, and other requirements
  • Coordinated with Veteran Employments Specialists (VES) to identify and coordinate job placement opportunities, standards and credentialing requirements 
  • Coordinate with employers to ascertain their hiring needs and develop commitment-to-hire opportunities and match eligible veterans to openings
  • Confer with VESs to develop and conduct one on one and group training workshops for veterans on resume writing, job search techniques, interviewing skills, and other topics as needed
  • Develop and coordinate placement through on-the-job training (OJT) and apprenticeship training programs
  • Work with employers to develop or recognize accelerated vocational training programs with commitment-to-hire upon completion
  • Identify and refer veterans to other local resources including WIOA, Economic Development Corp., and other targeted placement programs
  • Provides Follow-up and Retention Services to Veteran after placement for one year to include employee/employer visitation, employment verification,  and follow-up as needed
  • Reports that include placement,  hourly wages at placement, and follow-up will be completed
  • Other duties as assigned or requested

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of veteran recovery community/culture
  • Ability to learn and effectively use client database systems
  • Knowledge of employment program policies and procedures 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present information to individuals or groups
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, individual employment plans, and case notes
  • Ability to remain organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products effectively and efficiently


  • Bachelor’s degree in either social work or human services with two years of experience working with employers in an employment program is preferred
  • Associate’s degree with five years of experience working with employers in an employment program is required
  • Working with the veteran population is preferred
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license in good standing is required
  • Valid and current proof of auto insurance required

Working Conditions

General office environment. The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Work is performed in an office environment with standard office equipment available. Travel is required but will be less than 20% and is generally local.

Physical Requirements

Work is generally sedentary in nature and will require standing and walking for up to 25% of the time. There will occasionally be bending, lifting, and carrying of up to 10-15 pounds.

Direct Reports

There are no Direct Reports to this position.