Job Development and Placement

What is it? Job development involves staff actively seeking job openings for specific clients or program participants, considering their skills, desires, and needs. Staff contact employers to find appropriate job openings and match employer and participant needs, often leading to long-term employer relationships. Staff can also work with listings of job openings that are publicly available or provided by a program or agency.

Who provides it? Job developers, employment specialists, account managers, career navigators in education and training programs. 

Why is it important? Job seekers often need support in identifying and accessing job opportunities. In addition, workforce programs are typically held accountable for meeting goals around job placement or post-program outcomes. This is true in publicly funded programs, such as those funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, or those supported through foundations or other private grants.