Job Opportunity: Vocational Specialist 2017-11-01T19:09:38+00:00

Vocational Specialist

Position Summary: The Vocational Specialist will provide career guidance and counseling, training, job placement and volunteer opportunities to victims of violence in the community and in residence to promote self-sufficiency and independent living. This position will help survivors to understand their capabilities and interests and to set educational and career goals.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct face-to-face interviews with each client to evaluate skills, work history and personality.
  2. Identify strengths in relation to living, current skills, learning ability, work history, and social skills.
  3. Assist with resumé preparation or revision.
  4. Maintain client records and assist with reporting and correspondence.
  5. Coach clients for interviews or arrange for training to help them develop marketable skills.
  6. Provide follow-up services to clients in maintaining employment.
  7. Work collaboratively with the Anti-Human Trafficking and Direct Services team to best support the clients.
  8. Formulate relationships with existing job readiness service partners including but not limited to nonprofits, community colleges, and adult learning centers.
  9. Participate in the weekly Anti-Human Trafficking case review at the Samaritan House.
  10. Attend trainings on human trafficking, ethical/professional boundaries and practices, organization policies and procedures, etc.
  11. Use good judgement when interacting with clients knowing when to refer the client to their case manager or advocate.
  12. Explore the potential development of an in-house training program tailored to the specific vocational needs of victims of violence.
  13. Explore the potential development of a service enterprise tailored to the specific needs of victims of violence.

Required Background:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, human services or related field.
  • Experience working with victims of human trafficking is preferred. Experience working with victims of other traumatic crimes, such as domestic violence or sexual assault is required.
  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License.
  • CPR certified with adults and children within six months of hire.

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of and adherence to agency mission, policies and procedures, including Code of Conduct and mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of dynamics of human trafficking.
  • Knowledge of team model of practice.
  • Skills in establishing non-victimizing rapport with victims.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with victims, staff and interagency professionals.
  • Develop effective solutions to the problems today’s job seekers face.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to the applications, theoretical perspectives and key concepts of organizational effectiveness on human behavior.
  • Understand the concepts and complexity of sociocultural diversity.
  • Ability to work effectively in crisis situations, utilizing the teamwork model of practice.
  • Ability to plan and manage own work activities and seek and use supervision effectively to increase skills and knowledge.
  • Ability to represent agency in public speaking and in community coalitions.
  • Ability to maintain and keep records current and complete statistical reports in a timely manner.

Required Physical Skills:

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle; car, truck, and van
  • Ability to use a computer and telephone
  • Ability to walk, climb, and reach
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to conduct and attend meetings

Salary: Based on experience and qualifications.  This is a full-time position with benefits.  Please submit resume and job application:

Theresa Lindsey

Director of Operations/HR

Samaritan House

2620 Southern Blvd

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Phone: 757 631-0710, ext. 253

Fax: 757 631-0747


Please download and complete Job Application Form at: THIS LINK

Samaritan House Inc, is an Equal Opportunity Employer