Project Description

Employment Specialist, Full Time
(Bilingual Spanish)

The Employment Specialist is responsible for providing comprehensive employment services to survivors of domestic violence with the ultimate goal of helping clients’ secure meaningful employment. This would include workforce skills training, job development, job referral, job placement, and job readiness.  The Employment Specialist will also coordinate ESL, GED and computer literacy, and job skills workshops.  This position will work with the entire team of Advocates to support clients in creating a path from crisis to self-sufficiency assisting clients in achieving personal, financial, employment, and housing goals


  • In collaboration with Advocates, plan and assess current work skills training needs for NDS. Develop and facilitate, or work with collaborating agencies where feasible, to develop curriculum and training materials for ESL, GED, computer literacy, and job search/skills workshops. Evaluate results and initiate changes to the curriculum as needed.
  • Counsel and guide clients in developing career and/or employment goals. Provide individual support and encouragement to clients, identify client needs, set goals, make referrals, and track client progress. In collaboration with the Advocates, explore with the client community resources available to help address barriers and focus on job retention. Receive briefings from the Advocates on client safety planning, risk assessment, and crisis intervention as necessary and consider those in all employment activities and support the clients to ensure safety.
  • Develop and foster professional relationships with local employers, placement agencies, and community agencies to ensure consistent contact for job leads and employment resources within the community.
  • Help match job-seeking clients and employers using a variety of professional job placement skills.
  • Maintain case files. Track program/grant required statistics and summarize in report form.
  • May provide interpretation assistance for non-English speaking clients
  • Maintain up-to-date training on domestic violence and other related topics


  • BA, BSW, or AA degree plus 3 years of experience in the  provision of domestic violence services
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed services
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with an ethnically and culturally diverse population.
  • Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.
  • Knowledge of current labor market trends.
  • Ability to apply problem-solving techniques to complex employment issues.
  • Knowledge of Equal Employment Opportunity laws and other local, state, and federal laws pertaining to employment.
  • Knowledge of effective training techniques and adult learning theory.
  • Skill in effective group facilitation.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects or to change priorities quickly and frequently.
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines
  • Must be available for occasional evening assignments


  • Knowledge of domestic violence with 40-hour Domestic Violence Training certificate preferred

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence (NDS) is a nonprofit organization located in San Jose.  Since 1974, NDS has been providing critical intervention and prevention services to domestic violence survivors and their children.  NDS’ advocacy services include survivor-defined intervention from crisis to self-sufficiency. NDS is a community leader, known for its advocacy orientation to achieve its mission of ending domestic violence in the moment and for all time.  As one of the leading local agencies in the domestic violence field, NDS takes pride in its grassroots legacy, commitment to systems change, and its “roll up your sleeves” culture.  

Next Door Solutions is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing the leadership skills of people from diverse backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, age, color, disability (physical and mental, includes HIV and AIDS), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion (includes religious dress and grooming), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, or request for FMLA.


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