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Employment Specialist I – Up to $2000 Signing Bonus

Position: Employment Specialist 1

Location: Oak Harbor/Island County

Full time; Flexible Scheduling

Salary Range: $23.00 - $29.90* DOE

*Hiring Range: $23.00 - $26.45 DOE

Bilingual speaking are encouraged to apply


Position Summary:
Are you looking for an opportunity that makes a difference in people’s lives?

Sherwood's Career and Community Connections Program is seeking a dedicated individual to join our team as an Employment Specialist. In this position, you will play a pivotal role to empower individuals with disabilities, and help them achieve meaningful and sustainable employment opportunities that align with their vocational aspirations.


Responsibilities include building strong rapport with program participants, assisting with resume creation and job applications, engaging with prospective employers to facilitate hiring, offering support during the interview process, and providing guidance during on-the-job training. This position does require you to be on-site with program participants. Rest assured, comprehensive training will be provided to equip you for success in this rewarding position.



A high school diploma or GED is required. To excel in this role, we prefer at least one year of hands-on experience in vocational settings or a year in the human services field. We also value related experience that showcases your dedication to making a difference in people's lives, including retail and customer service.

What sets you apart is your exceptional ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Your knack for keeping impeccable records and documentation will be crucial in this role. We're looking for someone who can think outside the box to tailor services that cater to the unique needs and aspirations of the individuals we serve. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, so your talent for working seamlessly with colleagues, families, and professionals is essential.

A valid WA state driver's license, vehicle insurance, and access to your own vehicle is required to get the job done. We offer a competitive mileage reimbursement rate. A thorough background check is part of the hiring process.

If you have gotten this far and are thinking might not qualify, please consider again. At Sherwood, we are dedicated to building a diverse and authentic workplace centered in belonging. If you are excited about this role but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may just be the needed candidate for this or other roles.

Read the full job description.


About Our Organization:

Sherwood is a growing independent, non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality services to meet the needs of people with disabilities throughout Snohomish, Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties. We believe in the abilities of all people and our mission is to provide innovative, inclusive services for children and adults with disabilities in their communities. These services include early supports for infants and toddlers, assistive technology for people of all ages, and employment and community inclusion support for adults.

Sherwood has over 60 years of experience providing quality services to over 20,000 children and adults with disabilities and continually work to meet the needs of those we serve. We address challenges such as loneliness, isolation, and low expectations that society has for people with disabilities. We truly believe our employees are Sherwood’s greatest asset, we take pride in ensuring a positive, flexible and responsive work environment. We have ambitious goals that we are actively working towards achieving in order to significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities throughout Snohomish, Island, Skagit and San Juan Counties.

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If you are an enthusiastic team member ready to join our team please email Angie Ramsey, Skagit and Island County Career and Community Connections Manager, with your resume and cover letter.


We Offer:

  • Competitive wages

  • Mileage Reimbursement

  • Health Insurance

  • Paid Vacation and Paid Sick Leave

  • Flexible Schedules

  • Simple IRA Retirement Plan

  • AAA Membership

        Eligibility for benefits dependent on number of hours worked and agency policy.


Equal Opportunity Employer

 *Actual salary range for this position is broader than hiring range

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