Reporting to the Program Director/Director of Social Services, the Career Development Specialist's duties include:
Develops and sustains internships and competitive job placements in business, industry, and the community.
Works with employers and organizations to customize jobs that meet the employers' needs and capitalize on the skills and talents of individual clients.
Works closely with clients to assess and develop employment plans that match individual client interests, aptitude, education level, physical ability and previous work experience and career goals.
Works closely with case managers and other Urban Pathways staff to recruit and enroll participants who meet eligibility requirements for the program.
Ensures that clients participating in the program meet basic standards of program compliance.
Develops employment training curriculum, conducts workshops and work-related individual and group discussions.
Assists clients with employment-related issues including development of resumes, cover letters, completion of job applications, and developing interviewing techniques.
Provides counseling to clients and provides on-going support and feedback on workplace issues.
Monitors computer labs and assists clients with learning computer applications such as Microsoft Office.
Conducts field work including but not limited to accompanying clients to job interviews.
Assists the Program Director in the development of policies and procedures, and evaluation of program effectiveness.
Maintains and submits all necessary documents and reports as required by Urban Pathways, regulatory and funding agency policies, procedures, and regulations.
Attends staff meetings, trainings, and supervisory sessions, as required.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required. Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or other related field preferred.
Minimum two years of experience creating and sustaining relationships with employers in job development required.
Experience with developing and running psycho-educational groups required.
Training experience preferred.
Experience with homeless, mentally ill and substance abuse population preferred.
Experience with human services a plus.
Strong computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, etc).
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Familiarity with on-line chart record databases such as AWARDS a plus.
Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.
Valid drivers' license with a clean driving record a plus.
Required to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, and evenings.
All programs require field work, home visits, client escorts, and use of public transportation.
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