HVRP Veteran Employment Specialist

Division: Education, Training & Employment

Department: HVRP

Shift: 1st

Status: Full Time Non-Exempt

Report to: Program Manager


Job Purpose

Under the direction of the Employment, Training, and Educations (ETE) Program Manager, the Veteran Employment Specialist is responsible for providing comprehensive case management and job readiness services to unemployed veterans enrolled in the program. These case management and job readiness services are intended to expedite the reintegration of homeless and incarcerated veterans into the labor force. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct assessment interviews with homeless veteran participants to include assessing how military training and experience can translate into civilian employment experience
  • Evaluate participant’s skill sets, barriers to employment, and job preparedness needs.
  • Provide career guidance to assist veterans in developing short and long term career goals
  • In partnership with veterans – prepare Individual Employment Plan (IEP) based on veteran’s assessment results, skill sets, and career goals
  • Identify occupation-specific credentialing requirements and assist veterans in obtaining required credentials and enrolling in occupational skills training programs
  • Develop and conduct individual and group training and counseling sessions/workshops for veterans on resume writing, soft skills training, and job preparedness training
  • Collaborate with; local Disabled Veteran’s Opportunities Programs (DVOP), Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs), VA staff, and other local CBO staff to coordinate service delivery and placement services
  • Collaborate with the ETE Program Manager to assist with employment placement through on-the-job training (OJT), apprenticeship training programs, and direct hire placements
  • Refer veterans to CVI Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF),  local veteran resources, and CBO’s and benefits services on an as-needed basis
  • Collaborate with CVI SSVF case management staff regarding treatment and housing plans that will support the Individual Employment Plan (IEP.)
  • Provide job coaching and retention /follow-up services in accordance with DOL regulations and CVI procedures; maintain  individual  employment data during the established time frame
  • Enter service case notes and objective outcome data into the appropriate client database  system; maintain case files to ensure files have all required documents in accordance with CVI and DOL regulations
  • Prepare reports and attend meetings
  • Other duties as requested or assigned

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the veteran recovery community/culture
  • Knowledge of instructional methods and training techniques
  • Ability to learn and effectively use client database systems
  • 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 Social Work, Social Services or Career Counseling with two years experience in performing the above duties and responsibilities is preferred
  • Associates degree in Social Work, Social Services or Career Counseling with three years experience in performing the above duties and responsibilities is required
  • Experience delivering services to SUD, COD, or homeless populations with multiple needs or barriers is strongly preferred
  • Strong knowledge of computers, spreadsheets, and database programs is preferred
  • Experience working with Veterans is preferred

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 will be less than 5% and is mostly local.

Physical Requirements

Work is generally sedentary in nature and will require standing and walking for up to 20% of the time. There will occasionally be bending, lifting, and carrying of up to 10-15 pounds.

Direct Reports

There are no direct reports.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.