Employment and Skills Training Specialist (IINE-Boston)

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The International Institute of New England, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit, New England-based organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, is seeking an Employment and Skills Training Specialist for its Boston, Massachusetts office.

A dynamic, forward-looking, smart and rapidly growing non-profit organization, we seek well-qualified, solutions-focused candidates who are experts in their respective fields.  Candidates need to approach issues creatively and thoughtfully. In addition, all candidates should possess the following set of qualifications:

  • Excellent verbal and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Detail-oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated, able to work in a team and independently

Available Position: Employment and Training Secialist
Primary Office: Boston, MA
Reports to: Training Programs Coordinator
Salary Grade: 3
Employment Status: Non-Exempt

The Employment and Training Specialist will assess, instruct, and place skills training program participants. The position will ensure clients successfully complete their participation in skills training programming and enter the workforce. S/he will conduct outreach initiatives with potential participants as well as employer partners.


  • Bachelors Degree in Human Services, Counseling, Marketing or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of related experience in job development and employer engagement.
  • Strong counseling skills required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of adult teaching experience, preferably with immigrant populations.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in additional languages a plus. Command of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to access and work within mandatory program reporting online databases (CTK Apricot).
  • High-level of discretion and maturity in dealing with confidential client information.
  • Bi-lingual and bi-cultural experience a plus.
  • Candidate must have dedication to the human rights of refugees, immigrants, and asylees.
  • Self-motivated, able to work collaboratively in a team and independently.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Bilingual/bicultural candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide recruitment, assessment, teaching, and placement services to clients in the Institute's skills training programs.
  • Recruit program participants through presentations at career centers, community-based organizations, and training vendor fairs
  • Assess applicants’ eligibility for training programs by verifying work authorization documents, calculating annual income, and administering written and oral English tests.
  • Teach training program classes, prepare classroom materials, and evaluate student progress.
  • Develop and revise curricula for training programs, create lesson plans, and assess lesson plan success.
  • Provide individualized job readiness counseling for clients upon their completion of training program courses. 
  • Coordinate job development activities, including schedules and staffing for individual job development appointments.
  • Provide post-placement support services to ensure job retention and record any changes in employment status.
  • Develop and maintain employer partnerships with hotels, hospitals, and banks through outreach initiatives via telephone, email, and in person to identify suitable employment opportunities for clients.
  • Foster employer relationships to increase the visibility and impact of the Employer Advisory Board.
  • Represent the organization at meetings, conferences and events.
  • Contribute to program data collection following contractual guidelines.
  • Provide ongoing support and supervision to workforce development interns and volunteers.
  • Attend staff meetings.

Perform all other duties assigned by supervisor.


To Apply
Please send your cover letter, resume, and salary expectations to Human Resources (HR@iine.org) with your name and position in the subject line.  Qualified applicants will be contacted; references will be required at the time of the interview.  

No telephone calls please.

Position will remain open until filled.

The International Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Immigrants, women, people with disabilities, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.