Senior Employer Relations Specialist

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    San Diego, California
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

Background/IRC Summary:  The IRC’s Center for Financial Opportunity (CFO) helps newly arrived refugees and other low-income individuals reach self-sufficiency by finding entry-level employment and progress to living wage jobs, learn basic financial management skills and build assets, and start small businesses. The Center then helps families move sustainably out of poverty by offering high-quality, culturally-and linguistically accessible, integrated economic empowerment services.

Job Overview/Summary: The Senior Employer Relations Specialist is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with employers throughout San Diego in a variety of industries and representing IRC at a variety of employer and community engagement events throughout the region. The goal is to help support increased job placements across all CFO employment programs including Early Employment, Career Development and Youth Programs. Finally, the Senior Employer Relations Specialist helps support the agency’s overall effort to develop and maintain collaborative, value-adding relationships with corporate and employer partners through strategic planning and partnership with the aim of providing opportunities for these partners to engage with the IRC’s programs and clients where possible.  The Senior Employer Relations Specialist will also have an in-depth knowledge of programs and assist with outreach and connecting programs to communities through his/her network.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement an employer outreach strategy targeting businesses and industries that align with the skills and career interests of clients participating in IRC’s employment programs
  • Organize networking events and presentations for employers and/or clients; develop marketing materials and organize marketing campaigns directed at recruiting new employer partners; track and coordinate efforts in IRC’s database system
  • Establish formal and informal channels and opportunities to incorporate employer feedback into IRC’s efforts; convene employer advisory panels; regularly conduct follow-ups with employers to maintain positive working relationships; proactively work with program staff to quickly address any issues raised by employers or clients
  • Develop contacts and collaborate with community partners to add value to the employment process for employers and the IRC when required
  • Work in close collaboration with the Early Employment Program Manager, Career Development Program Manager, and the Deputy Director, Programs to ensure that IRC’s engagement with the employer community is robust, positive, and increases opportunities for IRC clients to be placed in jobs
  • Support agency-wide efforts to expand and deepen corporate partnerships, in coordination with the Resource Development Manager
  • Serve as the POC for IRC network activities focused on employer engagement at the national level
  • Develop a framework for programs to maintain clear informational pathways for effective communication of program training tools, updates and ongoing employment and educational opportunities
  • Support program outreach through available community networks
  • Other duties as assigned

Key Working Relationships: 

Position Reports to:  Deputy Director, Programs
Position directly supervises:  N/A



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related subject strongly preferred; Master’s degree a plus

Work Experience: 

  • At least 3+ years of experience working in employment and workforce programs; having this experience in a non-profit setting strongly preferred
  • 1+ years of experience in an employer relations role strongly preferred
  • Knowledge and connections with San Diego employers and the local job market strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of employee rights and HR practices strongly preferred

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Previous multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with people of varied backgrounds strongly preferred
  • Competency in Microsoft Office required; additional technical skills an asset
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to make presentations required
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and convert new employers to employer partners
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with workforce training programs serving clients with multiple barriers to success
  • Previous experience facilitating meetings and events strongly preferred
  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area

Language Skills:  

  • Strong written, verbal, computer and interpersonal communication skills are essential

Working Environment:  Standard, professional office environment. The ability to work outside of normal business hours is required.

Application instructions

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