About Urban Pathways
Urban Pathways is a not-for-profit organization dedicating to ensuring that homeless and at-risk New Yorkers have the housing, services and support they need to be self-sufficient. As a data-driven and innovative leader, Urban Pathways provides outreach programs, a drop-in center, safe havens, supportive housing residences, permanent housing, a scattered site program, in addition to our employment program.
About the Employment Program
Most of the individuals participating in the Employment Program are diagnosed with serious mental illness. The Employment Program assists participants in developing their resumes, completing job applications, preparing for interviews, finding jobs, retaining jobs, and career enhancement. The program also helps participants to address barriers to employment and to match their skills and experience with employment opportunities.
About the Position
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.
•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.