Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington is a Non-profit, Community Action Agency (CAP) organization providing Community Services through federal, state and local agencies. Locations include Mt. Vernon, Moses Lake, Pasco, Sunnyside, Ellensburg, Seattle, Wenatchee, Omak and Yakima.

Our Mission is to promote human services, economic development, and affordable housing. We have been providing education and employment support to communities since 1971.

Our vision is to assist families with life's challenges.

We are proud to employ a diverse workforce to deliver job training in communities where the need is great.

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OIC of Washington is an equal opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids/services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For TTY relay, call 1-800-833-6388.

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Job Description

Program Specialist 3 - Mt. Vernon  (Full Time)
Select Location: Mt. Vernon

Department: National Farmworkers Jobs Program

Position Overview:

The Lead Program Specialist 3 position is a lead position developed to improve the economic and educational status of eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP).  Will provide assessments, counseling, education, employment preparation, job development and related services to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in a positive and compassionate manner.  Provide support services to OIC clients.  Establish a high-quality relationship with OIC clients, business and community partners and employers to be able meet the NFJP Program goals and objectives.  To serve in a leadership role in the regional office assigned within the NFJP program. Will work closely with the Associate Director to keep them apprised of any concerns, questions, and how to re-establish a close working relationship with businesses and partners in the Mt. Vernon and surrounding areas. 

Our generous benefits package includes:






Retirement (OIC of WA contribution)

403b employee contribution

Paid Time Off (PTO)

11 Paid Holidays

Tuition Reimbursement 

Agency Wide Training

Agency Wide Community Events

Essential Duties:

  • To assist the Associate Director in providing leadership in the NFJP office and will provide oversight of staff in the absence of the Associate Director.
  • Will keep the Associate Director apprised of the progress in meeting monthly and annual goals for the program.
  • Complete the caseload objectives assigned by the Associate Director and report in a timely manner any problems in meeting those objectives.
  • This position will ensure assessment, counseling, education, employment preparation, job development services are provided to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.
  • The Lead Program Specialist 3 will manage individual case load, providing services in a positive and compassionate manner.
  • Must complete intake interview for potential participants both in person and via telephone to determine eligibility for program services.
  • Must enroll persons who fully meet eligibility requirements and can provide required documentation into appropriate program services, completing intake forms and getting required documentation.
  • Will refer ineligible persons to other appropriate service providers, maintaining documentation of the referral.
  • Will assess skills; aptitudes; interests; short- and long-term education; training and career goals; conduct testing and develop an agreed upon Individual Employment Plan (IEP) for enrolled participants.
  • Will assess the barriers and support service needs of all members of the family unit and make referrals to appropriate providers.
  • Will provide emergency and support services to clients.
  • Must provide follow up on effectiveness and appropriateness of services provided through referral of participants’ family members who are not enrolled in the NFJP Program.
  • Monitor, review, and document the progress of each participant in meeting the objectives of the IEP.  Periodically meet on site with the program participant and training providers to determine training progress, ensure contract compliance, and resolve any problems.
  • Will provide participants with individual and/or group career and job search counseling, including interviewing techniques, resume preparation, labor market information, job retention skills and job development/referral services.
  • Will learn and apply knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and provisions in providing employment and training services to eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.
  • Contact employers throughout the assigned region to negotiate and secure on-the-job training; work experience; try-out employment, and other core training agreements, and to develop job placement opportunities.
  • Negotiate and secure classroom training partnerships with training institutions, including community colleges, technical colleges, school districts and other basic and vocational skills training providers throughout the assigned region.
  • Complete relevant training evaluations during and upon completion of the training objective or placement into unsubsidized employment.
  • Perform appropriate follow-up to verify job retention.
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive case files for each participant, to include the IEP, training evaluations, counseling notes, on-site monitoring reports and all other forms and reports pertaining to the participant.
  • Maintain accurate and complete participant’s files.  Work in close cooperation with other Program Specialists and Program Management to provide case/participant management support as needed.
  • Establish a professional relationship with clients, businesses, and employers to meet program goals and objectives.
  • Provide in-put on service delivery strategies to implement policies and procedures and meet program goals for the designated region as assigned by the NFJP Program Director.
  • Provide leadership and work direction to ensure an effective family-focused case management system for program participants and their families.
  • Be informed of the office budget, track planned versus actual expenditures, promptly apprise the Program Associate Director of any problems or irregularities, and take corrective actions as directed.
  • Prepare bi-weekly year to date regional performance/financial reports for the Associate Director; coordinate with the Finance/MIS Department and the Program Development & Evaluation Department to obtain necessary information.
  • Keep abreast of OIC of WA organization policies and procedures and communicate these to staff members and keep the Associate Director apprised of any concerns regarding personnel matters.
  • Responsible for compliance with the risk management, inventory control, and safety policies of offices designated region.
  • Represent OIC of WA at public relations activities, meetings, forums, and public events.  Participate in community and regional forums, committees, and volunteer boards to create public awareness of the NFJP Program and to advocate for the people whom it serves.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Desired Qualifications:

  • BA Degree in sociology or related field or equivalent work experience on a year for year basis.
  • Four years’ supervisory experience.
  • Four years’ experience in training, job development, education, career preparation, case management or related field.


  • Additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of education


 Wage: $23.96 per hour


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