The Employment Readiness and Retention Coordinator will support Chicago CRED to develop, refine and implement curricula, tools and best practices related to:
Overall career exposure, exploration and planning
Job preparedness skills
Use of assessment tools to find right “fit” for participants
Navigating the job search process
Job retention skills
Creation of employer-specific curriculum
The Job Readiness and Retention Coordinator will:
Develop and teach employment readiness class for Chicago CRED participants.
Provide one-on-one coaching for Chicago CRED participants as they explore and ultimately seek employment, including the use of assessment tools.
Create a process for career exploration. Organize and track job shadowing opportunities, visits by employers with Chicago CRED cohorts, job interviews and post- interview feedback from both employers and participants.
Develop specific guidelines—including job readiness standards—to be used by each cohort prior to the start of transitional employment. Train the trainers at each cohort site to implement it.
Identify opportunities and implement employer-specific curriculum.
Work with closely with CRED’s programming team, including Life Coaches, to provide individualized assistance for participants and improve overall job readiness counseling.
Create a job retention course for all men who have been recommended by Life Coaches for next-step placement. This includes lesson plans, resources and materials.
Create a framework for ongoing retention efforts.
Any other activities related to optimizing transitional job effectiveness, job readiness and retention efforts.
Strong background in workforce development—preferably with a high-risk population
Keen understanding of the needs of private and public sector employers as well as comfort dealing with Human Resource and executive-level contacts
Ability to travel to various programming sites on Chicago’s South and West sides
Proficiency using online tools to help CRED participants explore various career pathways
Desire to work in a cross-functional team environment that includes Chicago CRED’s programming and job placement teams
Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred
Additional Salary Information: Chicago CRED offers competitive benefits and salary for this role.
Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny)
Chicago CRED is a violence prevention program for individuals that have been involved in the criminal justice system and are currently at risk of being a victim or perpetrator of violent crime. CRED program components include temporary transitional employment, life coaching, educational supports toward a high school diploma or GED certification, and other support services that prepare participants for successful long-term employment.