Job Description

Southwest Behavioral & Health Services is a large and growing, non-profit community-based provider of behavioral health services with locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Pinal, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai Counties. We are a well-established voice in the community with more than 115 sites, over seven hundred employees, and 40 years’ experience.

Join Southwest Behavioral & Health for exceptional growth opportunities driven by our promote-from-within philosophy. We provide an EXCELLENT compensation and benefits package, including immediate participation in our 403(b) program with 40% company match after 1 year of service. Generous PTO includes 3.5 weeks of vacation your 1st year (available after 6 months) and accruals after 2, 5 and 10 years of service! We offer low cost company-paid medical, dental, STD, LTD, and Life coverage for employees. Other great benefits include 10 paid holidays, sick time, vision, tuition reimbursement prescription drug discounts, chiropractic services, and much more!

We are currently seeking a Workforce Development Specialist to join our Job Resource Center!

Working as a Workforce Development Specialist, you will design & implement the SBH HOPWA vocational services. Create, revise, disseminate information and train residents on vocational opportunities in response to current skills and desires. Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with local employers and community providers to maximize the opportunities for persons in services to enter the labor force. Provide additional trainings, such as budgeting, dietary information, technical skills improvements, etc., to further promote the opportunities for employment and independence. Work with Maricopa Skill Center to increase opportunities for further education/skill sets.


  • Oversees the implementation of vocational activities in all for all HOPWA residents; collaborate with other providers to include participation of non-SBH residents.

  • Develops policies and procedures to support job development/job retention for PLWHA’s.

  • Works closely with the HOPWA Director and Program Coordinator to ensure that program content meets contractual requirements, meets the needs of PLWHA’s and complies with SBH policies and procedures.

  • Prepares and presents job readiness activities to PLWHA’s.

  • Provides “train the trainer” opportunities to other personnel and/or PLWHA’s.

  • Provides and documents supervision to residents on a regular, scheduled basis.

  • Updates housing plans according to progress and/or goals of the individuals.

  • Works with local service providers, case managers and employers to link PLWHA’s with vocational opportunities.

  • Advocates for PLWHA’s with local employers and community organizations.

  • Understands and implements services in accordance with City of Phoenix contract. Maintains ongoing communication with funding source(s) and regulatory bodies to ensure contract compliance.

  • Participates in local/national advocacy/public policy forums as appropriate to maintain up-to-date information regarding vocational services.

  • Undertakes training related special projects and provides technical assistance, as directed.

  • Prepares written reports as required by funding source(s) and SBH management.

  • Participates in agency-wide standing and ad hoc committees, as requested

  • Attends mandated training and compliance forums.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma/GED and two years of behavioral health/integrated healthcare relevant work experience; OR
  • An Associate's degree in an unrelated field and at least one year of full-time behavioral health / integrated healthcare relevant work experience; OR
  • A related Associate’s degree and six months of behavioral health / integrated healthcare relevant work experience
  • Have and maintain a valid Arizona driver’s license and are able to pass a motor vehicle screen for insurance purposed in order to transport clients
  • At some of our programs must have Level I fingerprint clearance issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety or be eligible to receive within eight (8) weeks of hire (as required per program requirements)


  • A related Bachelor’s degree in a behavioral health field; OR
  • A Bachelor's degree in an unrelated field and at least six months of full-time behavioral health / integrated healthcare relevant work experience
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural and low socio-economic individuals

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