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Responsibilities of the Jobcenter Dortmund

The Jobcenter Dortmund pays out the citizen's allowance. If other means or social benefits (such as unemployment benefits) are not enough, the job center thus takes over the basic financial security of job-seeking Dortmunders to cover their living expenses. At present, the social labor market service provider thus looks after and advises around 80,000 recipients of citizens' benefits. The Job Center's primary goal is to reduce this number as much as possible and to support people on their way to being able to cover their own living expenses on a permanent basis. Also because of the essential importance of gainful employment for social integration, the Jobcenter Dortmund places sustainable placement in a living wage job at the forefront of its efforts. In addition, the Jobcenter Dortmund also advises its customers with regard to benefit-related matters - also with the aim of overcoming the need for assistance.

The Jobcenter Dortmund also advises interested Dortmund employers on the hiring of (long-term) unemployed people, supports the search for personnel and decides on possible wage subsidies.

Mission Statement & Values

The joint institution Jobcenter Dortmund is a large social labor market service provider in the city of Dortmund. The Federal Employment Agency and the City of Dortmund, as the sponsors of the Jobcenter, stand for successful cooperation. We employees at the Jobcenter Dortmund stand for securing livelihoods and creating perspectives on the labor market. We know the needs of our customers. We are aware of our social responsibility.

The Jobcenter Dortmund is part of a world and culturally sensitive city. Equal opportunities, equality and the non-discriminatory handling of diversity and interculturality are our maxims. This applies to our employees as well as to the people we work with. In a tolerant, non-discriminatory and open climate, everyone should and can contribute with all their strengths and characteristics. We are committed to the interests of our employees and our customers, both internally and externally:

  • We are committed to gender equality.
  • We strive for diversity and are convinced that diversity in terms of age, ethnic and social origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation and worldview enriches and connects us.
  • We are committed to inclusion and equal participation of people with disabilities in society and the world of work.

The Jobcenter as a joint institution of federal and local

The Jobcenter Dortmund is a so-called "joint institution" of federal and local government. According to § 44c Social Code II, the two sponsors are the Federal Employment Agency and the City of Dortmund. The work of the Jobcenter Dortmund and its integration into the local political, social and economic structures of the city is controlled by three bodies.

Board of Trustees

The two sponsors of the joint institution Jobcenter Dortmund - the Dortmund Employment Agency and the City of Dortmund - meet in the Board of Trustees. At the end of 2005, the city of Dortmund assumed the decisive voting right in the six-member body. The chairwoman is City Councilor Birgit Zoerner. Also represented is Heike Bettermann, chairwoman of the management board of the Dortmund Employment Agency.

Bearers' Committee

To involve local politics, the two agencies have convened a bearers' committee, in which representatives from the council of the city of Dortmund and the Employment Agency make recommendations for the bearers' meeting. The committee meets once a quarter.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the Dortmund Job Center meets at least twice a year. The Dortmund regional manager of the DGB Dortmund-Hellweg, Ms. Jutta Reiter, and the managing director of the metal industry association for Dortmund and the surrounding area, Mr. Ernst-Peter Brasse, alternate annually as chair. The 20 members of this body are drawn from welfare organizations, the political groups in the Dortmund City Council, the Chamber of Crafts, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, trade unions, business associations and qualification providers. The advisory board has an advisory function, it is to assist in the development of regional solution concepts, to help develop the framework criteria of labor market policy, to address future issues and to promote social consensus.

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