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Career Specialist

Jefferson County, Colorado

Jefferson County, Colorado

Golden, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
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Business and Finance Division

Management Level

Individual Contributor

Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for Standard Benefits which includes dental, medical, and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, and tuition reimbursement.


Welcome to the dynamic and innovative team at the Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center (BWC), where passion meets purpose! Click here to learn more about us: https://www.jeffco.us/4157/Business-Workforce-Center ! We take pride in cultivating a career-focused work environment that values collaboration, creativity, growth, and diversity. Join us in shaping the future of workforce development programs with a commitment to excellence and a dedication to pushing boundaries. If you're seeking a workplace that encourages curiosity, values your unique perspective, and rewards innovation, then the BWC is the place for you. Make a real impact by redefining what's possible and building a fulfilling career with us.

As a vital resource hub serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties, the BWC facilitates successful connections between job seekers (Adults and Young Adults) and businesses. Our array of services and programs assess job seekers’ career interests, impart necessary employment skills, and explore diverse career opportunities.

If you're passionate about making a difference and enjoy guiding individuals to discover their purpose, the Career Specialist position might be your ideal fit. We're looking for resource connectors, planners, advocates, and problem solvers dedicated to creating equitable access, economic mobility, and security, as well as advocating for underrepresented populations. As a Career Specialist, you'll utilize excellent organizational and time management abilities to efficiently manage caseloads, coordinate service plans, and ensure the prompt delivery of support to community members in need.

In this role, the Career Specialist offers a range of services to job seekers, including assessment, resource and referral information, job readiness assistance, career counseling, and case management. Responsibilities also encompass data entry and record maintenance in accordance with Federal, State, and local policies and procedures. Providing top-notch customer service to individuals and businesses interested in Workforce programs, the Career Specialist adapts duties and focus, based on team needs, project activities, and workload allocation. Join us in making a meaningful impact on our community!

Hiring Range: $25.00 - $27.00 USD Hourly

Compensation will be determined based on education, experience, and skills.

The Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. During the training period, employees are required to work in the office 4 days per week. After training has been completed and core competencies have been demonstrated, employees are able to work where needed, at the office or in the community, at least two days a week and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days. Employees must have access to a private workspace with a reliable internet connection when working remotely.

Benefits: Jefferson County offers a generous benefits package that supports your personal and professional life. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off and holidays, retirement matching, wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, remote work options and more. For more information, click here for our Total Rewards summary.


The Career Specialist is responsible for:

  • Conducting individual career coaching sessions with participants to evaluate their prior work experience, transferable skills, and career goals, and help them to work through barriers to employment (addresses barriers for participants by coming up with creative solutions and connecting participants with local community service providers and resources).
  • Providing career and job readiness guidance to job seekers through Trauma-Informed customer service.These services may include but are not limited to:
  • Intake and initial assessments to determine participants’ goals, aptitude, and ability to obtain employment.
  • Determine appropriateness and eligibility for participants program enrollment.
  • Guide, support, and monitor participants’ progress towards employment goals through recurring coaching meetings and follow-up communication.
  • Advise and guide job seekers with making occupational or career decisions along with identifying and addressing barriers to employment.
  • Assist job seekers in identifying transferable skills and how to best highlight their qualifications.
  • Make referrals to and ensure wrap-around services are being coordinated with internal and external partners to address participant needs.
  • Stay current with industry trends, labor market data, and career development best practices to continuously improve career coaching strategies.
  • Participate in designated special projects, committees, staff development, team building, and other efforts to promote a positive, effective and trauma informed organization.
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships with community organizations to streamline enhancing services.
  • Maintain high-quality records of participant data and activities in multiple databases including Connecting Colorado to ensure files are in exemplary condition for internal and external audit purposes.
  • Performing case administration activities, including preparing and reviewing forms, status updates to ensure compliance with program regulations and fiscal limits and ensures all services and activities are in compliance with all associated policies, regulations, and processes.
  • Maintains knowledge of all applicable Federal, State, and agency rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines
  • Strong organization and time management skills are essential to efficiently handle multiple client cases, maintain accurate records, and meet critical deadlines.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Research shows that women and otherunderrepresentedand historically marginalized groups tend to apply only when they check every box in the posting.If you are reading this and hesitating to click“apply” for that reason, we encourage you to go for it!A true passion and excitement for making an impact is just as important as workexperience.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of work-related experience
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and experience

You are a strong fit for this role if you have:

  • Specialized training in career development, counseling techniques, and coaching methodologies.
  • Industry knowledge and diverse personal career experiences, that will be instrumental in guiding clients through various challenges and opportunities.
  • A genuine passion for empowering individuals, fostering their self-discovery, and helping them navigate their educational and career paths.
  • A keen eye for detail and understanding of the importance of maintaining accurate records.

This position is not life coach, mentor, therapist, or recruiter. The primary role of a career specialist is to provide guidance, support, and expertise in various aspects of career development. Career Specialists work with job seekers to identify strengths, interests, and values, and then assist them in aligning these factors with potential career opportunities.

Additional Job Description

  • Offer of employment contingent upon successful completion of criminal history, motor vehicle report, education verification, and/or references.
  • Please note that supplemental questions requiring a written response will serve as a writing sample.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically at Jefferson County Colorado Career Opportunities .

Applicants complete an online form and have the option to provide a resume and detailed cover letter that describes why you are the best candidate for the position. Applications are reviewed for minimum qualifications listed in the qualifications section of the job bulletin, and applicants are contacted directly by the hiring team regarding next steps. To view the status of your application or direct communication from the hiring team, please log into your candidate portal .

For more details on the recruitment process, please visit https://www.jeffco.us/1860/FAQs


  • County Recruitment Team: 303-271-8400 or CareerTalent@Jeffco.us
  • Library Recruitment Team: 303.275.6168 or talent@jeffcolibrary.org
  • Sheriff Recruitment Team: 303.271.5332 or sheriff.recruiting@co.jefferson.co.us


Bachelor's Degree


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