Employment and Training Specialist IV

Portland, Maine, United States | Professional/Technical | Full-time

Apply by: Dec. 7, 2020

Department of Labor, Bureau of Employment Services

Opening Date: November 19, 2020

Closing Date:  December 7, 2020 

Job Class Code: 0704
Grade: 25
Salary: $47,278 – $64,729 
Location: Portland

DESCRIPTION:   This is professional services work of a supervisory nature in developing and administering statewide employment, training, and employer services programs. Responsibilities will focus on functional supervision of day-to-day on-site and virtual services as well as direct supervision of local and state-wide staff performing those services. Duties include developing, administering, and monitoring caseload budgets, contracts, and grants for employment and training programs; preparing federal and state reports; and training local office staff on new and revised guidelines, rules, and procedures. Supervision is exercised over subordinate staff.  


  • Supervises, trains, hires, and evaluates subordinate staff engaged in employment and training programs or services in order to ensure accomplishment of program goals and objectives
  • Develops and maintains standard operating procedures concerning program purpose, workflow, guidelines, rules, and regulations.
  • Develops, implements, and conducts training programs in order to maintain staff proficiency; enhance program operations; and update staff on new and revised guidelines, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Monitors and evaluates programs in order to determine program effectiveness, needs, and adherence to established guidelines.
  • Researches, analyzes, and solves operational and programmatic problems in order to improve program effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Prepares written materials in order to provide information to the public.
  • Implements and complies with human resource laws, policies, procedures and practices.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary:

  • Knowledge of the purposes, goals, and objectives of employment and training programs and services.
  • Knowledge of occupational groups, job families, and employers.
  • Ability to manage a statewide employment and training programs.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, interpret, and adapt program services and guidelines.
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate, and evaluate subordinate employees and service delivery agents.
  • Ability to develop recommendations for program improvement and compliance.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to provide timely and constructive guidance and feedback to staff and customers
  • Ability to foster collaboration and accountability among staff
  • Ability to adapt in response to program changes

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in developing, coordinating, and administering employment and training programs and services, or closely related field and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Public Administration, Education, or one of the Social Sciences. Work experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

PREFERENCES: Preference will be given to applicants with strong supervisory experience and demonstrated leadership skills aligned with Maine State Supervisory/ Leadership Competencies including:

  • Delegation/Follow-up-Assigns responsibility to empower others. Coordinates work efforts when necessary. Ensures expectations are being met by exercising managerial accountability.
  • Staffing- Forms the right structures and teams. Demonstrates leadership and holds employees accountable for safe work practices, fair employment practices and State and Federal AA/EEO requirements.
  • Coaching & Counseling-Provides timely and specific feedback plus helpful coaching and guidance. Adapts approach to each individual.
  • Employee Development-Collaboratively determines what else the employee needs to develop within the current job and to expand into future opportunities.
  • Quality Focus-Emphasize the need to deliver exceptional service. Defines standards for quality and evaluates processes and service against those standards.
  • Resiliency: Overcomes challenges and bounces back stronger, wiser, and more powerful.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants need to apply online by selecting the "Apply for this opening" button along with uploading a cover letter, current resume, copies of post-secondary transcripts, licensing, registration and certifications.  If you require a paper application, please contact Human Resources at (207) 623-6700. 

Contact Information: 

Melissa Weiner, Human Resources, at (207)623-6739 or melissa.weiner@maine.gov 

Why work for the State of Maine?

Benefits: (effective July 1, 2020)

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits include:

  • 14.11% of pay to retirement for bargaining unit positions
  • The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly.
  • At least 85% of the health insurance premium for the employee (up to $400.34).  Participating in the Health Premium Credit Program can increase the state-paid amount by 5%.  The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee's wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium payment.  To explore the detailed cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.