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Placement Coordinator (Transition Specialist)

Full Time

Website Heart of Oregon Corps

Heart of Oregon Corps is hiring for a qualified Placement Coordinator (aka Transition Specialist) with motivation, professionalism, talent, and passion for empowering and inspiring positive change in the lives of young people. This is a unique opportunity to connect Central Oregon employers with local young people entering the workforce. The position has a reliable, consistent schedule, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave, and helps change lives!


Heart of Oregon Corps is a non-profit that operates six youth training programs across Central Oregon. At Heart of Oregon Corps, 16-24-year-old local young people with barriers to success improve their own lives while gaining job skills on projects that improve the community. Our organizational values are Integrity, Responsibility, Learning, and Community. Learn more at


The Placement Coordinator (also known as a Transition Specialist) will work directly with Central Oregon businesses to cultivate relationships that lead to successful job shadows, internships, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities for HOC graduates. This position coordinates HOC’s “Employer Advisory Council” and our partnerships with other workforce development agencies, employers, apprenticeship programs, and chambers of commerce. The position works closely with program staff to ensure youth participants are prepared for interviews and employment, and have the outside support and resources needed specific to each individual and the position. They will deliver limited job-readiness assessments and activities to groups of participants throughout the program cycle and they will have an external focus on partnerships. The Coordinator also collects, manages, and retains source documentation related to transition, placement, and post-program retention in participant files including forms, development activities, evaluations, surveys, etc.

Located in Sisters and Bend, OR as scheduled, but will need to drive a HOC vehicle to other HOC facilities located in Redmond, Madras, and Prineville (as assigned) and business placement sites throughout Central Oregon. This position is supervised by the Deputy Director and must collaborate closely with program managers and directors to support the daily needs of the programs and participants.


At least two years of related professional employment experience is required. Related fields include job or career counseling/education/case management, human resources/recruiting, or youth programming. Applicants should have a minimum of a high school diploma; a Bachelor’s degree and/or comparable additional work experience is strongly preferred. Applicants should be fluent with standard office software and technology, including Microsoft Office, Outlook, and web-based applications.  They must have excellent networking skills, communication skills and be highly organized. The applicant must have the ability to relate sensitively to a multicultural group of young people and coworkers, and have respect for the ideas and intelligence of young adults. A good sense of fun and humor is welcomed and desired!

A commitment to safety and an ability to positively and professionally train, teach, coach, and mentor young people while meeting program objectives is critical. The co-ed programs serve diverse youth—including young women, Latino, Native American, and other minority youth, and youth who experience disabilities. Applicants who represent these groups, and are strongly encouraged to apply.


Starting wage range for this position is $24.15/hour. This is a full-time, year-round, hourly staff position, with employee health insurance, dental and vision benefits paid 100% by the employer. Time off is generous, with 12 paid holidays (which includes 6 days while the offices are closed over the winter holidays), plus 80 hours paid vacation and 40 hours paid sick time/year. Vacation leave benefits increase after 1 year of service. HOC’s values-driven culture also includes periodic all-team trainings and retreats, and annual mission-focused community service and youth celebration events. See for a full benefits summary.

Heart of Oregon Corps highly encourages applications from anyone who identifies with a marginalized community or historically underrepresented group. Please do not hesitate to apply!


If you are interested, please submit the following to

  • A Cover Letter (in an email is ok)
  • A Resume

Send to: or PO Box 279, Bend OR 97709

Final candidates will need to complete an interview, additional paperwork, provide references, and complete a post-offer background check. Valid driving license and insurable driving record required for occasional business driving, drivers must complete a DMV check. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Position open until filled. If this ad is still up, then we’re still hiring!

All applicants will be contacted regarding the results by the end of the process. We strive to respect the time and effort required to apply and provide updates and information along the way. Online questions are welcomed and can be directed to Thank you for your interest and good luck!

Heart of Oregon Corps is an equal opportunity employer; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Heart of Oregon Corps is prohibited from discriminating on the grounds of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs on the basis of the beneficiary’s citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States. This project was funded in part by a grant awarded under the YouthBuild Grant Initiative, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration.

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