Jewish Job: JFCS Hiring Employment Counselor

Job Title:

Employment Counselor

Organization Name:

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis 

Job Type:


Salary Range:

$40,000-$40,000 per year


Open Until Filled

Job Summary/Description:

The Employment Counselor provides services to participants in adult workforce development programs including Dislocated Worker and Adult Career Pathways. They assist participants in gaining employment through assessment, counseling, educational planning, job development, and case management. They help people overcome challenges and set training and career goals that lead to family-sustaining wages. Through individual counseling, the Employment Counselor provides support and encouragement for participants as they work to achieve their goals and after they obtain employment. At this time, the Employment Counselor will primarily be providing services remotely using email, telephone, and teleconferencing technologies.


The mission of JFCS is to provide essential services to people of all ages and backgrounds to sustain healthy relationships, ease suffering and, offer support in times of need.

JFCS serves and employs people of all cultures and faith traditions and highly values inclusion and diversity. Employment opportunities are available to all without regard for race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability. AA/EEO


  • Annual Salary – approximately $40,000
  • Competitive benefits package including medical insurance, 401(k) with match, life, and long-term disability insurance, and access to other benefits including vision and dental
  • Work-life balance including 37.5 hour work week, 3 weeks vacation, sick time, holidays, flexible schedule, and telecommuting when appropriate
  • Social work licensing supervision

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Accurately assess clients’ interests, aptitude, skills, and barriers to employment. In collaboration with clients, develop individual employment plans with measurable goals. Evaluate the appropriateness of training options, coordinate and monitor clients’ progress in training programs. Research employment opportunities and network with employers to assist clients with job search. Access appropriate support services to address barriers to employment. (70%)
  • Record, organize, and manage client and agency information to ensure accurate and timely documentation. Maintain required forms and documentation in compliance with program and agency guidelines. Maintain organized and orderly client files. (15%)
  • Market the program to potential clients, community agencies and organizations, and educational institutions. (10%)
  • Develop and conduct small-group job search skills and basic re-employment skills training sessions. (5%)

Experience and Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • One year of experience providing employment counseling services to populations experiencing barriers to employment
  • Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification OR a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, or a related field OR the ability to obtain the credential within one year of hire.
  • Experience providing services under government contracts preferred.

Skills and Qualities:

  • Respects and reflects JFCS’s Values: compassion, inclusion, innovation, integrity, and collaboration.
  • Expertise in identifying interests, skills, capabilities, and barriers to employment of persons served
  • Ability to apply counseling skills and career development theories to help clients work through trauma, develop confidence, and establish achievable employment goals.
  • Proven ability to engage compassionately with people from across all backgrounds, socioeconomic status, and mental and physical abilities.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Effective problem solver.
  • Experience providing services virtually or remotely preferred.
  • Ability to use approved testing and assessment instruments appropriately under supervision.
  • Possess strong attention to detail, documentation, evaluation, and follow-up skills.
  • Excellent ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Knowledge of the local job market and employment trends.
  • Knowledge of information technology careers preferred.
  • Experience providing services virtually or remotely preferred.

How To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume Diana MacLennan, Human Resources Manager. E-mail [email protected] or apply directly at For more information on Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, see