Outreach Specialist - Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW)

Full Time
Yakima, WA
Posted Today
Job description

Our ideal candidate is motivated by the opportunity to make a positive impact on those in their community. They are customer-focused and are energized by meeting new people and forming meaningful connections.
The Employment Security Department is hiring for a Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) Outreach Specialist that will support our WorkSource Yakima office. Our Migrant Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) position is an Outreach position, and you will spend most of your time outside of the WorkSource office conducting outreach to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, where they live, work, and gather. This is an in-person position located in Yakima, Washington.
NOTE: The closing date for this position has been extended to Monday, 1/30/2023 at 11:59pm.


In this role as the MSFW outreach staff, you will spend the majority of your time outside of the WorkSource office conducting outreach to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers. You will also work with employers within the Agricultural industry to assist them in meeting their needs by referrals to employment, placements, and assistance with the H-2A program information. The MSFW outreach worker also contacts non-agricultural employers to conduct job development for farm workers to help them obtain training and year-round employment. You will play a pivotal role in supporting a vital industry in Washington, as well as advocating for agricultural workers and their families.

What your typical day may look like:
  • Communicate in both English and Spanish to promote agency and partner programs and services to encourage maximum utilization of available services.
  • Participate in outreach to MSFW customers where they live, congregate, and work. Provide the full range of staff-assisted core and intensive services to WorkSource customers in both English and Spanish as needed.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews, registrations, provide Unemployment Insurance information, review job readiness, assess employment barriers and customer needs.
  • Identify employment and/or training goals, provide a basic summary of farmworker rights.
  • Provide career and/or employment guidance and training information; refer customers to job search, training providers and/or support service resources.
  • Network and develop strong working relationships with service providers and perform outreach to OIC, Migrant Farmworker Head Start providers, housing facilities, etc.

To request a detailed position description, click here.

This is an in-training opportunity and will be hired as a WorkSource Specialist 3.
You will be required to successfully complete the training plan in order to promote to the goal class of WorkSource Specialist 4.


What you bring


Qualified candidates will have one (1) or more of the following experiences and/or education. Such as: W orkforce development, social or human resource services, public relations, or public contact work, such as: unemployment insurance, social services, human resource services, education, public relations, benefits programs, insurance claims, law enforcement and banking.
WorkSource Specialist 3
Option 1: A combination of education and/or relevant experience* totaling no less than six (6) years. Option 2: One (1) year of experience as a WorkSource Specialist 2 within the Employment Security Department, or in an equivalent class with another state's Employment Security agency.

Education to Experience Equivalences: Associate Degree = 2 years | Bachelor Degree = 4 years | Masters or Higher = 5 years


Knowledge of national, community service, employment services, training, and/or social services programs. Demonstrated knowledge of general and/or program-related state and federal laws, policies, rules, and regulations.

Accountability: You understand the importance of accepting personal responsibility for your work and actions. You work to continuously improve processes by seeking out feedback from others.
Self-Driven: You have a trusted personal system to keep organized and on top of multiple projects and performance measures. When faced with uncertainty, you turn to research and collaboration to pave the way for new possibilities.
Critical Thinking: You have a talent for collecting and organizing data, and communicating that information to agency partners, coworkers, and customers alike. You are skilled at using data to tell a story and influence others.
Customer Service: You possess excellent networking and relationship building skills and maintain strong connections with community resources, farm workers and their families, and other agency partners. You are energized by positive interactions and use your creativity to find new methods to engage in community outreach. A great day at work for you means finding ways to delight others.
Inclusivity: You actively work to live out our Agency's values (see ESD Value Lens) by embracing diversity and different perspectives. You are driven by a sense of purpose and are motivated by opportunities to advocate for your customers.
Reliability: You are known for taking initiative, exceeding expectations, and are timely in your communication with others. You have strong follow-through and can keep track of various methods of correspondence at once.

Additional Requirement of Employment:
  • Must be able to pass an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim & Benefit Information Review.
  • Must be able to communicate in person, via telephone and in writing in Spanish and English.
  • Per Gov. Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, employees of the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. As a condition of employment, ESD employees are required to provide proof of vaccination before starting work. A medical or religious exemption may be requested for accommodation.

Please submit your Resume and cover letter with your Online Application through the "Add Attachments" field. A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application or vice versa. Applications with blank fields, or supplemental question responses with comments such as "see attachments" may be considered incomplete.

Supplemental Information

Our agency's mission and values drive every decision that we make, determine how we interact with others, and are at the core of who we are. We value Collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Innovation and Integrity, Investing in our people, and Service with kindness. We understand that a work environment that respects your work/life balance is key; that's why many of our positions are eligible for flexible work schedules and teleworking opportunities. Through support, value, and trust, our employees are empowered to grow and develop into their best self.

Opportunity for All

We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, sexual orientation, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people over 40 years of age, people with religious beliefs, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

The Employment Security Department is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

If you are a person needing assistance in the application process, if you need this job announcement in an alternate format, or if you have general questions about this opportunity, please contact Katie Swanson or the Talent Acquisition Team, or Washington Relay Service 711. If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing, or completing your application, please contact [email protected] or (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960.

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