Urban Pathways serves as the first point of contact for New York City's most vulnerable residents - people living on the streets, in subways, or in public areas. An innovative and data-driven leader, Urban Pathways is known for the effectiveness of our "housing first" approach. We engage individuals where they are in the cycle of homelessness. Through outreach and drop-in center services, transitional, long-term and permanent housing, and comprehensive support services, Urban Pathways helps more than 2,000 homeless men and women take control of their lives and find their way home. Urban Pathways is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. We seek to hire talented and highly motivated individuals who will partner with us to provide excellent service to our clients.
Reporting to the Program Director/Director of Social Services, the Employment Specialist's duties include:
Works closely with clients to develop employment plans that fit individual client aptitude, education level, physical ability and career goals.
Works closely with the Program Director to generate appropriate employment opportunities for clients.
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 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.
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.
Develops and maintains relationships with community services and resources.
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 with mentally ill, formerly homeless people preferred.
Experience with developing and running psycho-educational groups.
Experience with Job Development, Supportive Employment and IPS ( Individual Placement and Support) model highly preferred.
Experience providing vocational / employment counseling to persons with barriers to employment required.
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 data bases such as AWARDS a plus.
Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.
Required to work a flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, and evenings.
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