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Date: 07/01/2009 STATE OF ARKANSAS JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY The Department of Workforce Services (DWS) Workforce Specialist is responsible for career orientation and planning, assessment, and enrollment of clients seeking eligibility for DWS programs and related services. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

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Typical Functions:

Interviews clients to determine eligibility for DWS programs and services by reviewing clients’ forms, asking questions concerning clients’ work history, and providing information on programs and services. Enrolls clients in DWS programs after reviewing clients’ profile information and comparing profile to criteria for program eligibility to determine eligibility. Contacts employers/clients by telephone or correspondence to discuss job orders, potential job applicants, and issues concerning clients’ eligibility for benefits or program services. Performs job placement activities by researching files and selecting position openings compatible with clients’ employment profile, schedules interviews for clients, and informs clients of date, time, and location of interview. Administers aptitude and job skills assessments to job applicants by monitoring assessments, scoring and recording results and scheduling assessments. Accesses computer terminal to enter, check, and retrieve information concerning clients’ information. Counsels clients by explaining program eligibility, program benefits, and employment opportunities. Completes forms, reports, and records associated with DWS programs. Performs related responsibilities as required or assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of workforce development principles and practices. Knowledge of interviewing techniques. Knowledge of skills assessment techniques. Skill in operating computer equipment. Ability to gather information and determine eligibility for programs or services. Ability to communicate information orally and in writing. Ability to locate and research information.

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The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in general business, social sciences, business administration, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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