The Cara Program’s mission is to prepare and inspire motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success. Since 1991, The Cara Program has placed over 3,750 at-risk individuals into permanent, quality jobs at average wages more the $2.50 higher than Illinois minimum wage and 75% one-year retention rates (25 points higher than national one-year employment retention rates for similar industries).
The Training Specialist is responsible for creating, delivering, and managing training that prepares students for career opportunities; including development of individual job search strategies, resume creation and interviewing training. In addition, the PDS will work in collaboration with external training sources to increase student learning and the Corporate Accounts department to match students with TCP employment partners and internship opportunities. Another important part of this role involves the tracking of data that aligns with the department goals.
Develop and facilitate curriculum for Strategic Job Search, resume building, interviewing, etc. in such a way as to prepare students for quality careers.
Aggressively research industry needs and employment trends, amending training curriculum as needed.
Consistently assess the effectiveness of curriculum and foster innovative and new ideas for the Enterprise.
Monitors internal retention.
Evaluates students send-out eligibility (SOE) based on observation of teamwork, communication, time management, conflict management and professionalism.
Ensure advanced preparation for weekly training, including making photocopies of training materials, updated curriculum content and room set-up.
Responsible for overall student management including attendance, capacity and flow throughout the facility.
Communicate with other departments of all student challenges requiring personal support.
Incorporate transformation concepts into all training.
Hold students accountable for delivering quality assignments and achieving weekly goals.
Participate in morning Motivations as requested.
Uphold Cara’s mission and values.
All other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Student & Alumni Affairs.
Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of professional experience.
2 or more years of experience providing group instruction or in delivering curriculum.
Demonstrated work history of resourcefulness and problem solving.
High energy and ability to engage others towards a common goal.
Strong work ethic and business acumen with ability to excel in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment.
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook and ability to meet documentation deadlines.
Experience working in for-profit sector.
Experience working with an economically disadvantaged population, ideally in a coaching capacity.
To Apply: Interested and qualified candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to email@example.com
The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.