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Veteran Career Advisor- Erie County

Company: Veterans Leadership Program
Location: Erie
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Veterans Leadership Program

Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) is Western Pennsylvanias premier Veteran service organization. For nearly 40 years, VLP has operated with a focus on empowering Veterans to navigate the transitions of life and supports every Veteran in reaching their fullest potential. With supportive and service-oriented expertise, VLP serves over 4,000 Veterans annually through comprehensive programs and partnerships. VLP is the largest provider of Veteran subsidized housing in Western Pennsylvania, operates two of the nations most effective employment programs, as well as holistic wellness and additional supports for Veterans and their families. 

VLP is a team comprised of experienced leadership, support staff, and case managers including Veterans, National Guard, Army Reserve, family members of Veterans, and civilian supporters who are deeply committed to assisting any and every Veteran. 


Overview of Position

The Veteran Career Advisor under the Department of Labor's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) will assist Veterans in obtaining competitive employment that aligns with their skills, experience, interests, and education. This position will work alongside Veterans experiencing homelessness and housing instability and provide career counseling, resume assistance, mock interviews, trainings, connections with employers, and job leads. The Veteran Career Advisor will conduct and provide outreach and case management services to Veterans in Erie and surrounding counties. 

Start Date: July 1, 2021 


Principal Duties 

  • Create an individualized employment service plan for each client, including measurable action items and timelines.
  • Organize mock interview sessions, resume writing workshops, and services for Veterans to obtain and maintain employment.
  • Tailor Veterans' resumes to highlight their strengths and experience related to the job opening. 
  • Conduct outreach throughout Western Pennsylvania in order to network with employers and expedite a Veteran's hiring process. 
  • Represent VLP at a variety of public forums and community events (federal, state, local, civic, private, community) and provide information about career services provided to Veterans by VLP.
  • Refer clients for additional supportive services, including housing, counseling, and supportive services, as needed.
  • Conduct enrollment of Veterans into VLPs employment programs including program agreements and documents. 
  • Provide supportive service assistance related to employment to clients, including vouchers for transportation, clothing, trainings, etc.
  • Refer clients to Job Training Programs, related to Occupations / Industries in Demand & those offered through the Local Employer & Training Network.
  • Provide follow-up services to enhance clients placement / retention in employment.
  • Maintain client confidentiality and adherence to HIPAA requirements at all times.
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner consistent with VLP guidelines and  program requirements.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priority projects.
  • Take initiative and handle a variety of activities concurrently in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to meet deadlines along with attention to detail, a must.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Self-directed, flexible with strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Presentation skills along with professional behaviors, attitude and appearance.
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of demand-driven approach to employment services, job development strategies and labor market trends in a range of occupational fields (professional, skilled, semi-skilled and industrial).
  • Extensive experience in resume writing.
  • Ability to support the organizations mission along with sensitivity of cultural and workplace harmony.


Experience and Education 

  • Undergraduate degree in business, human services or equivalent, preferred.
  • Minimum of three years experience in sales, marketing, recruiting, employment counseling or job development preferred. 
  • FBI, Act 33 and 34 clearances.

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Keywords: Veterans Leadership Program, Erie , Veteran Career Advisor- Erie County, Other , Erie, Pennsylvania

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