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EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

As an incentive, Chinook Enterprises will be offering a $1,000 hiring bonus to successful new hires who maintain employment for at least 6 months and in good standing.

Are you seeking a rewarding career, performing meaningful work in the Skagit County Community? 

Join the Chinook Enterprises family! 

Individuals with various backgrounds are welcome to apply, in particular those with experience in: Sales/Business Relations, Workforce Development, Human Resources, Education and Training. 

We seek self-starters who enjoy networking and creative problem solving to support individuals with disabilities and other barriers to gain access to the workforce and the community. 

Hours: This position is full-time, 40 hours per week. 

Starting Wage: $18.50 – $20.50 per hour DOE

Benefits: We offer an excellent benefits package, including full coverage on medical, dental, long term disability, life insurance, 403(b) retirement (benefits totaling over $12,000 annually), 10 paid holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave and an optional vision benefit that is available at a low cost.  We have a great culture, flexibility, and offer training and development opportunities as well as continuing education for our Employment Specialists.

About Us:

Chinook Enterprises was founded in 1980. We are a non-profit designed to operate as a business, but with a social mission: supporting full participation in community life for people with disabilities or other barriers. Full participation must start with successful employment.

Our goal: To help people live more productive and fulfilling lives by striving to gain competitive employment as well as inclusion in the community.

Our action: We demonstrate a positive environment to work, train, and provide service to our customers regardless of culture, age, gender, abilities, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, genetic information, socioeconomic status, and language of origin.  We prioritize diversity education for our staff and stakeholders and regularly assess our employee, customer, and stakeholder demographics to improve our effectiveness.

About You:

Are you a creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills? Do you have a passion for supporting people and making an impact in the community? Are you a people person? Do you have experience in business development, social work, recruiting, coaching, or a similar field?  Are you interested in assisting Skagit County and surrounding businesses in employing people with developmental disabilities?  Are you looking for a rewarding new career path? Are you values-driven and committed to our mission (Supporting full participation in community life for people with disabilities or other barriers)?

Our Employment Specialists embody our culture and values of Integrity, Accountability, Teamwork, and Respect. To find out what our Employment Specialist do, please check out our video gallery: https://chinookenterprises.org/video-gallery/

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit a resume AND cover letter describing your experience and why you are the best person to join our team. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. 

To apply:

  • Download our application on the right side of this page
  • Email: jobs@chinookenterprises.org 
  • Mail: Human Resources, Chinook Enterprises, 2026 La Venture Rd. Mt Vernon, WA 98273 

About this position:

  • Provide resume development, job assessments and job screening for our customers with barriers to employment.
  • Provide targeted and generic job development for unemployed and/or underemployed customers. Requires cold calling and making presentations to local businesses as needed.
  • Provide one on one job coaching and training for customers at job sites.
  • Provide long-term support to businesses and individuals with disabilities on work sites on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Write/maintain documentation such as narratives, reports, evaluations, billings, etc.
  • Accurately record and track billable service hours in a timely manner.
  • Advocate for customers with employers and other service providers.

Preferred Experience:

  • BA or BS degree in Special Education, Human Services or related field is preferred. 
  • One year previous experience in job development and working with community employers can be substituted for education.  
  • GED/High School Diploma preferred.
  • Experience teaching skills or coaching to individuals with disabilities and/or underserved communities
  • Experience with report writing and case note writing
  • Experience with maintaining a caseload of clients/customers
  • Consultative sales
  • Placement recruiting
  • Bilingual preferred 
  • We are committed to adding voices to our team that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We encourage black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), military veterans and spouses, LGBTQ+ identifying individuals, and those with work gaps to apply and help us in our vision to realize a community that celebrates inclusion and diversity through innovative leadership and partnerships.

Requirements:

  • Must possess the belief that individuals with severe disabilities can succeed vocationally in the business community with the right types of supports.  This is one of the most critical aspects of this position. 
  • Empathy for under-served communities
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a learning environment
  • Self-aware, accountable, and motivated
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Time-management skills/Efficient
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a learning environment
  • Must possess good judgment and critical thinking abilities.
  • Must consistently demonstrate “customer-first” thinking and be committed to serving a diverse clientele; treating all customers with dignity and respect at all times.
  • Must demonstrate initiative, ability to learn, flexibility, integrity, and self-discipline.
  • Have a valid Washington State Driver’s License, basic vehicle liability insurance and reliable transportation.
  • Pass a Washington State Patrol background check as well as a DSHS background check.
  • Have, or obtain, a CPR certificate within six months of employment.

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