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Job Developer - Entry (Pathways to Home)

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:


Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories 

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOA - LA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


Pathways is the largest homeless shelter in Los Angeles, providing a diverse group of services, including: Comprehensive Case Management Services, Affordable Housing Assistance, Transitional Housing Programs, Permanent Housing Placements, JWCH Mobile Clinic, Department of Health Services, USC-HIV Study/Prevention.


Job Developer (Entry) serves on a team that is the central point of contact to coordinate and provide job placement and support services for assigned clients.


  • Develops an individualized employment plan with each participant:
    • Conduct employability assessments of potential participants, this includes, but is not limited to assessing level of ability, readiness for work, physical and mental capabilities of participants, educational background, skills, and identification of challenges and barriers to employment.
    • Write complete and detailed individualized employment plans outlining activities and community referrals, with concise and clear tractable goals.
  • Provide career counseling and job coaching, including labor market trends to job seekers, coordinating job skills training, as outlined in participant employment plan:
    • Provide job readiness skills training (soft skills) in areas of resume preparation, interviewing and job search techniques.
    • Arrange interviews with employers and working with participants on job retention issues.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with local employers, creating long-term permanent placement opportunities for program participants:
    • Develop a resource base of employers committed to giving priority hiring attention to homeless clients.
    • Represent the interests of the agency, (Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles) the program and its participants in all networking and public relations opportunities.
  • Develop and coordinate linkages with job skills training resources in high-demand fields:
    • Coordinate with EDD Worksource Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, Los Angeles Unified School District, various communities and faith based providers, Veterans Administration, and other Veteran social service and employment resources to ensure participants have access to available services to ensure success.
  • Meet regularly with program participants, aiding their job search by scheduling interviews, referring job leads and community services to ensure participant success – on occasion delivering participants to employment activities.
  • Monitor and track job placement activities on a regular basis to ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress.
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time.



The essential functions are those key requirements, specific tasks, and job duties of the position that are required on a regular basis (using action words such as perform, responsible for, deliver, develop, etc).

  • Assessment and development of individual employment plan.
  • Career Counselling and Job Coaching of participants.
  • Develop Relationships with local employers.
  • Develop linkages with other agencies/resources available to participants.
  • Capacity Building - meeting and motivating participant progress.
  • Monitor participants, track progress, timely report progress.
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time.


Formal education, diplomas, degrees, licenses and/or certifications.

  • High school diploma (or GED/High School Equivalence Certificate).
  • Must be over the age of 18 years.
  • Valid California driver's license and dependable transportation with adequate insurance.

Type and number of years of directly related work experience.

  •  6 Months of experience as a job developer or equivalent position.

Principles or knowledge required for this position.

  • Skills in sourcing jobs, and cold calling potential employers.
  • Knowledge of local employment market.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office, including PowerPoint.
  • Current California driver's license and clean driving record files.

Skills required to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Basic Microsoft operating system navigation, outlook, word, excel, power-point, internet browser, etc.

Skills and abilities required to meet the essential functions of the position – what one does.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including relationship building.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct presentations to groups.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.


  • Client- focused Prompt, collaborative, team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate.

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal).

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.