Training & Education Specialist


Vine Maple Place

Job Description:

Training & Education Specialist
Key Information
Reports To: Workforce Development & Training Director
Location: Maple Valley, WA
Supervises: None
Base Pay: $19 – $26 / Hour
Job Classification: FT, Non-Exempt

About Vine Maple Place (VMP)
VMP is a fast-growing, faith-based nonprofit company devoted to ending family homelessness in South King County. We serve homeless and vulnerable single parent families and their children providing housing services, workforce development, financial empowerment, behavioral health support, life skills and child & youth programs. Our approach offers safety, provides stability and equips to self-sufficiency. Due to the homelessness crisis in King County, VMP is expanding to serve more families in need. Families show great success in the program: 91% maintain stable housing one year after exiting the program.

Job Summary
The Training & Education Specialist (TES) facilitates the day-to-day Workforce Development and Financial Empowerment Training programs. The TES meets with clients who are homeless or facing homelessness, assisting them with the development of strategies to overcome barriers to achieve pathways to a livable wage employment and financial stability. The TES will oversee, coordinate and develop volunteers to teach classes utilizing Trauma Informed Care and Social Emotional Learning techniques. The TES will track, schedule and follow up with clients in order to promote client engagement. The TES position is foundational to the success of vulnerable and homeless sing parents in reaching their goal of self-sufficiency and long-term stability.

• Enroll and orient clients into the Training and Education program, regularly reaching out in order to improve engagement.
• Assist clients in developing and implementing their own employment and financial plans, specifically targeting steps needed to reach self-sufficiency and long-term stability.
• Maintain accurate client tracking in an online database, complete monthly and quarterly outcome reports on program performance.
• Facilitate structured workshops with groups of clients including Workforce Development and Financial Empowerment workshops, labs and resource times.
• Facilitate a robust resource center, providing clients assistance in areas such as job search, online applications, resume building, interview skills development, expense tracking and budget development.
• Oversee, coordinate and develop volunteer team to facilitate workshops and resource times, ensuring that they understand and utilize trauma informed care, social and emotional learning and cultural competency.
• Attend weekly staff meetings, trainings on trauma-informed care and stewardship, motivational interviewing and conscious discipline, to apply these skills in daily work with families.
• Work with cross functional team, including Intake, Housing, Behavioral Health and Child & Youth teams, in order to support clients’ goals to reach self-sufficiency.

Minimum Qualifications
• Have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and agree to the VMP Statement of Faith.
• Be passionate about helping families overcome the trauma of homelessness.
• Embrace diversity and work effectively with a diverse team of professionals; sensitivity to the needs of clients, staff and volunteers from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
• Ability to read, write, speak and understand English fluently.
• Willing to work evening and occasional weekend hours.
• Intermediate Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), data tracking, internet navigation and general computer skills.
• Ability to prioritize and organize multiple, simultaneous projects independently in order to meet deadlines.
• Sensitivity to the needs of clients who are homeless, low income, limited English speaking or impacted by domestic violence and substance abuse in the family unit.
Preferred Qualifications
• Degree in Social Services, Adult Education or related field.
• 2-3 years of demonstrated experience of client recruitment and enrollment, career assessment and planning, financial empowerment, support services, workplace readiness, job placement, records maintenance and outcomes reporting.

Required Credentials
• Must pass and maintain an acceptable background check.

Further Compensation Details
• 401(k), with matching
• Medical, with HRA, & dental benefits
• 7 paid holidays
• 6.67 hours of Vacation per month
• 6 days Floating Holiday, available after 6 months, pro-rated first year
• 5.33 hours Sick time per month
• 2 weeks additional COVID/Sick Time

The above is intended to describe the general content of, and the requirements for, satisfactory performance in this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements of this position. Other duties may be assigned.


Trisha Chick


Phone: (425) 559-8240


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