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Employment Specialist-Alternative Youth Program

Lawrence Family Development Inc. is currently looking for an outgoing, experienced Employment Specialist to plan, develop, and provide oversight of youths' career and work readiness development, job shadowing, internships, community and subsidized service sites, post-graduation employment and/or academic/vocational placement, and follow-up. The Employment Specialist will develop and implement a robust strategic plan integrating career development, occupational training and placement system leading to post program success. The ideal candidate will develop and maintain partnerships with private, union, non-profit and government employers and post-secondary, apprenticeship, vocational degree and credentialing institutions. Job Coordinator is available to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends. This position is grant funded. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Evaluate youths' background, education, and training to assist them in developing realistic academic and career goals and a plan to achieve them.
• Use aptitude and achievement assessments to evaluate students' interests, skills, and
abilities.
• Collaborate with team members in development of youths' Individual Service Plan (ISP) according to social/emotional development, academic competency, work readiness, individual needs, and specific goals.
• Develop and track youths' Individual Service Plans, Pay-for-Performance Exit Tickets, and Internship for Hire.
• Coordinate and implement career assessments, career counseling, labor market research, job placement assistance, and program follow-up services.
• Facilitate workshops on topics such as career paths, planning for college, college life, financial aid, job readiness and employment.
• Teach skills and strategies for successful job search, résumé writing, interviewing, networking, job retention, time management, effective work and study habits, as well as locating and applying for job shadowing opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, and college.
• Advise students on how to resolve problems in the workplace, such as conflicts with supervisors or coworkers.
• Coordinate efforts to transition youth into job shadow, internships, community service, and unsubsidized employment.
• Assist students in selecting and applying for post-secondary educational, vocational and apprenticeship programs to obtain industry recognized degrees, credentials, or skills.
• Attend weekly team meetings and all mandatory staff community meetings and professional development.
• Provide support to youth, staff and employers around ongoing communication, problem solving, job retention, career and skills development needed.
• Coordinate follow-up with graduates and employers regarding post-graduation
placement.
• Build partnerships with organizations/companies in the non-profit and for-profit sectors for job shadowing, internship and job placement opportunities.
• Develop a community service and job placement bank.
• Collaborate with all staff to integrate key components of the program and incorporate differentiated instruction, project based learning and community service projects.

• Coordinate and report youths' progress through the continuity of services toward
successful transitioning and graduation from program.
• Develop strategies with staff, administrators, and external support persons to assist students in becoming successful.
• Maintain consistent communication with all members of the team regarding client progress or setbacks.
• Maintain clients' files in compliance with local, state and federal requirement and program policies and procedures.
• Meet with youth at regular intervals to assess their job and career goals, or immediate work needs.
• Prepare clear and concise oral and written reports.
• Support staff and youth with court recommendations, conditions, and mandates.
• Collect, maintain and document assessments and contact notes regarding youths' progress or setbacks.
• Maintain regular communication with all team members and update clients; progress or setbacks.
• Attend weekly team meetings.
• Attend mandatory staff community meetings and professional development.
• Support youth with court recommendations, conditions and mandates.
• All other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION:

• Minimum Bachelor's Degree in psychology, counseling, social work, criminal justice,
human services or related field or equivalent experience; Master's Degree preferred
• Strong understanding of gangs and gang culture in the City of Lawrence preferred
• Three years' experience working with at-risk, proven-risk youth
• Strong outreach, case management and conflict resolution background
• Excellent interpersonal skills and problem-solving skills; and ability to relate to a wide range of issues, people and organizations 
• Strong comfort level in approaching youth at different levels of social emotional growth
• Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing environment
• Maintains a valid driver's license and has own transportation
• Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills
• Strong organizational and administrative skills including strong computer skills
• Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet; Ability to work with databases for student tracking
• Bilingual/bicultural (Spanish/English) preferred
• Strong leadership, organizing and facilitation skills
• Proven team player
• Ability to implement work methods and procedures that promote a safe working environment


Please send cover letter, resume, and transcripts to: hr@lfdef.org or mail to LFD Inc. Attn: E. Suriel-Marra, 34 West Street, Lawrence, MA 01841