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Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies Intake Specialist in Everett, Pennsylvania

Job Title:  Intake Specialist

*Classification: *Hourly, non-exempt from overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

*Revision Date: *4/2024

Job Purpose:

Recruits participants for related workforce programs through community outreach efforts and welcomes new CareerLink customers.  Serves as the primary point of contact for individuals enrolling in CareerLink programs, guiding them through the intake process.  Conducts intake interviews, assesses participant needs, and provides personalized guidance to ensure an understanding of program requirements and available resources. Assigns clients a case manager/program.  Gathers information related to economic barriers, health needs, and basic needs (including, but not limited to, food security, transportation, and housing), and program eligibility.  

The position of Intake Specialist is a professional position and requires a person capable of conforming to the high standards of behavior expected of all staff.  Excellent work habits, including attendance and punctuality, are required. 

*Education: * Associate degree with three or more years' experience in the customer service field.

Computer proficiency: Experience and knowledge of standard computer programs including Word, Excel, web-based databases, and general internet, and email etiquette.

*Clearances: *Must be able to obtain acceptable results for required background checks, including Act 151 Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal History Check, and Department of Human Services FBI Fingerprints. 

Other:  Must have a valid driver's license, with a clean record and dependable transportation, which can be used in the course of his/her job.  Must have an operating telephone, so that he/she may be contacted quickly by Goodwill when necessary.

Skills, Abilities, Duties and Requirements:

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Note:  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and duties required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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