Central Iowa Works Job Developers Network

The Job Developers Network is made up of individuals who work directly with potential employees to train them in such skills as networking, resume preparation, soft skills, and more. The group also helps link clients to employment and assists them in staying employed. There are approximately 120 job developers (some organizations are represented by more than one job developer).

Individual job developers come together monthly to discuss a variety of issues including upcoming trainings and industry-related concerns. During these meetings, job developers will meet directly with employers to find out what the employers are looking for in an applicant. In order to be part of the Job Developers Network, the employer of a developer must sign a Memorandum of Understanding with CIW outlining roles and responsibilities of both parties.

The Central Iowa Works Job Developers group meets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the United Way of Central Iowa, 1111 Ninth Street, in Des Moines. Please contact Soneeta@CentralIowaWorks.org to learn more, or to be added to the Job Developer group email distribution list.

In addition to the monthly meeting, email messages are shared on a regular basis and including employment postings and housing openings, as well as information on educational and training programs. We do our best to make sure the job developers have access to all of the resources for their clients to be successful.

Featured Job Developers:

Asgdish Fellake
Asgdish is currently a Career Development Specialist with the Bureau of Refugee Services in Des Moines, Iowa and has been employed with the Bureau since October of 2005.Asgdish Fellake

Prior to working with the Bureau of Refugee Services, she served as the High Need African Women, Program Coordinator assisting high need refugee women to achieve self-sufficiency and overcome barriers toward employment.

She also worked as a Resettlement Case Manager with Lutheran Services in Iowa for 4 years assisting newly arrived refugee families to settle in their new homes and achieve self –sufficiency by gaining employment and education as well as orient them to life and customs in the United States.

Asgdish attended Sudan University for Science and Technology and studied Engineering for Electricity. Upon arrival in the US in September of 2000, she worked hard to improve herself, learning more English and attending classes at Des Moines Area Community College.

In her position at the Bureau, Asgdish, is assigned to the Pathways to Healthcare Program, a grant that was awarded to Bureau of Refugee Services, Iowa Workforce Development and Mercy College of Health Science; this unique project will recruit, screen, and provide training and support services to limited English Proficient (LEP) refugees and immigrants in Iowa to help them pursue careers, with progression in the health care industry.

Asgdish also is a member of the Central Iowa Works Job Developer group and appreciates the opportunities that Central Iowa Works is offering to connect and facilitate the communication between the job developers, the health care personnel managers and human resources.

Ines Pecuvcic Jasarovic
Ines Pecuvcic Jasarovic is a Career Development Specialist for the Bureau of Refugee Services where she has worked for 17 years. Before that she worked for Ines Pecuvcic-JasarovicInterchurch Refugee and Immigration Services in Chicago. She provides various services targeted to prepare Pathways candidates for classes. Once candidates start the class she provides supportive services to help students stay on target. After graduation, she helps students with job search activities and supports them during the first 6 months of employment.

Ines came to the United States in December 1993 after spending a year in a refugee camp in Croatia. As a single mom in Chicago, she worked for Interchurch Refugee and Immigration Service and attended ESL classes at Truman College. Ines was reunited with her husband James on Valentine’s Day, 1995. In December 1995 she was offered a position with Bureau of Refugee Services in Des Moines Since then she has been working for DHS helping refugees make new lives for themselves and their families in Iowa.