Career Readiness Specialist

June 5, 2024

Career Readiness Specialist – Grant
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The Career Readiness Specialist will recruit/certify/enroll/execute career readiness activities/work-based learning experiences/enroll in driver’s education/act as case manager and enter information into the South Carolina Works Online Systems (SCWOS)/perform 12-month follow-up. Participants will be from Cherokee and Union counties.
• Arranges and implements all Instructional Training (as listed in the grant), including Advanced Skills Training, Driver’s Ed, etc. Documents all activities in SCWOS and maintains in participant file
• Develops, instructs, arranges and oversees career readiness activities to include resume, career exploration, mock interviews, labor market information, entrepreneurial training, WIN and other readiness competencies required by WIOA. Ensure all training documentation is in the participant files and audit requirements are fulfilled as described in the WIOA statement of work.
• Finds and secures business partners who will allow students to perform paid job internships, pre-apprenticeships, on-the-job training, jobs shadowing, etc. and arranges/implements steps to develop. Monitors work-based learning experiences and obtains feedback for business partner. Receives hours sheets from work-based learning partners and submits weekly to the director to enter for participant stipend. Maintains forms and checks stubs in participant file. Maintains the partner relationships.
• Does home visits and uses all forms of communication, including social media, to contact exited and/or absentee participants.
• Recruits and certifies participants. Includes completing enrollment application in SCWOS; responsible for validation accuracy. Develops/maintains good working relations with AD ED for recruitment. Keeps accurate enrollment file and updates as needed.
• Meets contract specified caseload of enrollments, completions, terminations and employment goals.
• Assists participants in finding employment/entering post-secondary while performing a 12-month follow-up on each participant upon exit of the Program. Documents all follow-up activities in SCWOS and file.
• Transports participants to activities if determined is needed.

Minimum Qualifications:
Masters degree in Student Services or related field or bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience. Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and successful background check are required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Strongly prefer job development and teaching experience and knowledge of area businesses.


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USC Upstate offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

• Health and Life Insurance
• Retirement Programs
• Paid Tuition Program
• Dependent Scholarships
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Annual Leave
• Sick Leave
• 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
• Professional Development Opportunities

The University of South Carolina is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.