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.
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 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.
•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
•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.