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Position Title

    Youth Employment Specialist


    The Employment Specialist is responsible for creating job opportunities and
    increasing the employability of homeless young adults. The Employment
    Specialist develops relationships with employers, assists clients with job
    readiness, builds soft skills, performs job searches and assists in obtaining
    and securing internships and employment. In addition, the Employment
    Specialist works to reduce employment barriers by building and maintaining
    strong relationships with employers and acting as a liaison between employers
    and clients.


    A. Job Development
        1. Develop and create new innovative opportunities for youth training, placement
        and subsidized and unsubsidized employment, including but not limited to standard
        employment, apprenticeships, internships, and volunteerism.
        2. Research, identify and conduct outreach to potential employer partners.
        3. Develop new and strengthen existing relationships with employer partnerships to
        create employment and internship opportunities for homeless young adults.
        4. Develop internship and employment strategies to meet the needs of employer
        partnerships and create valuable job experiences for program participants.
        5. Serve as an employment liaison to provide on-going support and first point of
        contact for problem-solving employment concerns with employers.
        6. Be current on employment trends and training.

    B. Employment Support Services
        1. Screen program participants for employment readiness, conduct occupational
        assessments and identify barriers to employment.
        2. Develop educational and employment goal plans with program participants and
        conduct periodic progress reviews.
        3. Provide career exploration and job search support. Assist program participants
        with identifying, applying for and tracking employment opportunities.
        4. Plan, organize and conduct employment skills workshops including resume
        preparation and interviewing skills.
        5. Provide resources and referrals to program participants for job search needs,
        such as interview clothing, transportation, etc.
        6. Provide job coaching and post-employment support.
        7. Provide employment-related resources to the clients such as job fairs, internet
        sites, job postings, short-term training, etc.

    C. Data Collection, Recordkeeping and Reporting
        1. Maintain updated and accurate client files.
        2. Track retention services for 12 months following job placement.
        3. Maintain detailed documentation and recordkeeping to meet all contract and
        grant requirements, outcomes, and audits.
        4. Submit reports and billing information to the Director of Homeless Services as
        required by contracts and Friends of Youth.
        5. Ensure all requirements of the Youth Employment Program are met.

Required Skills and Qualifications

    A. Education and Experience
        1. Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a related field or 3 years equivalent work
        2. Knowledge and prior experience required in job development, job marketing and
        job placement.
        3. Prior experience addressing youth, young adult and family homelessness
        4. Prior experience with case management preferred.

    B. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
        1. Must be able to establish rapport with at-risk young adults.
        2. Must have a working knowledge of diverse local, state, and federal funding
        mechanisms, planning processes, and trends related to employment services
        and homeless and special needs housing and services.
        3. Demonstrated experience providing evidence-based and promising
        employment practices, including collaboration with mainstream employment
        and education systems such as WorkSource, WorkFirst, community-based
        organizations, government entities, and/or community colleges.
        4. Ability to maintain professionalism in controversial, complex and public
        5. Excellent interpersonal, writing and organizational skills.
        6. Self-starter with ability to work both independently and on collaborative teams.
        7. Solid computer skills using Windows-based word processing and spreadsheet
        8. Employees and volunteers who operate their own or Friends of Youth vehicles
        on Friends of Youth business must have a safe driving record as defined by
        Friends of Youth. Employees and volunteers who operate their own vehicle(s)
        on Friends of Youth business must carry auto liability insurance that complies
        with the standards of Friends of Youth.
        9. Education or experience in cultural competency.
        10. Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to cultural differences and a
        commitment to the value of cultural competency.


    Full Time


    $18.05 / hour

Reports to

    Housing Support Services Program Manager



Application Deadline

    Open until filled


    Send cover letter and resume to Daniel Benner at daniel@friendsofyouth.org     

Job Posting Date

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