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Career Specialist

Classification: YouthBuild
Supervisor: Program Manager
Position Status: Non-exempt
Supervision Exercised: None
Revision Date: April 2021

Position Summary/Objectives
Under the direct supervision of the Program Manager, networks in the private and public sectors to develop career-building opportunities for YouthBuild students. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain partnerships in the public and private sectors that will provide career opportunities that are aligned with YouthBuild students' interests and goals
  • Assist YouthBuild staff members and students to identify and schedule career-related guest speakers, site visits, job shadow experiences, and informational interviews
  • Participate in the facilitation of job club
  • Develop and oversee an internship program for students
  • Interview students relative to placements being sought
  • Meet with trainees at regular intervals to learn their job and career goals or immediate needs
  • Plan and organize job search skills workshops, including interviewing, resume preparation, and other skills
  • Work with the director and board in marketing the program to potential employers. This will include developing and making presentations about YouthBuild.
  • Ensure trainees are prepared before going to job interviews and conduct follow-up assessments.
  • Connect trainees with viable job opportunities
  • Work closely with employers of students to maximize student employment retention and success
  • Provide evaluation, conciliation, and mediation between employer and employee post-job placement
  • Network in the public and private sectors to promote awareness and enhance the reputation of the YouthBuild program
  • Work as a staff member of the student services team
  • Contribute to YouthBuild program refinements in ways that meet employers' needs and expectations
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills. and Abilities Required

  • Job development and placement experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Understanding of the apprenticeship system in the construction trades
  • Comfort in diverse business and corporate settings
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
  • High energy and motivation to help young people succeed

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Most of the work for this position is performed in meeting rooms or construction/on-job training sites.
  • Travel by automobile within the area may be required.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in the social sciences, business, or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • At least three years experience in job development and placement.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and major private and public employers in the area.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to persuasively present program and trainees.
  • Ability to establish rapport and relate sensitively to a multiracial and multicultural group of young people.
  • Experience in planning and conducting training sessions or workshops. 

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