World Relief Seattle is now accepting applications for a full-time Employment Specialist who will maintain positive ongoing relationships with employers, prepare and place refugees in appropriate employment opportunities, follow up with refugees placed in jobs, and creatively address challenges to refugee employment.


  • Develop and maintain positive ongoing relationships with a variety of local companies who hire refugees
  • Expand employer base for refugee job placements
  • Market employment program to various community groups
  • Work with clients to prepare them for employment, including:
  • Basic job skills training (e.g. workplace expectations, communication, etc.)
  • Orientation to culture and expectations of work in the United States
  • Counseling clients about benefits of early employment
  • Work with Employment Team to creatively address barriers to self-sufficiency
  • Assist clients through process of applying for employment
  • Follow up with clients after job placement to address areas of concern and ensure continued employment
  • Document contacts with clients and employers, reporting on progress as necessary
  • Other related tasks as assigned



  • A desire to serve refugees in support of the ministry and mission of World Relief
  • Ability to engage employers cheerfully, persuasively and professionally
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties
  • Ability to adapt to a changing employment climate and shifting refugee populations
  • Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team to accomplish goals
  • Experience in sales, marketing, human resources or related field desired
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience with refugees and/or non-native English speakers very helpful
  • Knowledge of a second language a plus
  • Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office
  • Current Washington State driver’s license and access to a vehicle required

Status: Full-time, permanent, non-exempt

Location: Kent, WA

Compensation: $17/hour