About Our Organization:
At Youth Guidance, we believe that no matter what challenges a young person faces, they are more likely to succeed when they have caring adults in their lives. Our highly-trained staff guides kids to overcome the life and academic challenges facing Chicago’s youth. We meet kids where they are — physically and emotionally — to help them focus on their education, make positive choices, and remain on the right path toward life success.
The Project Prepare Blue Senior Career and Staffing Specialist provides job readiness training, career counseling, and post-secondary support services to out-of-school youth at a community site through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) youth program.
- Oversee the implementation of the WIOA program in conjunction with other YG Career Specialist(s) and Program Manager.
- Coordinate recruitment and enrollment of eligible youth and provides career counseling and job readiness training to participants at the program site.
- Use labor market information and industry trends to help participants assess employment and educational opportunities.
- Develop relationships with potential employers and training programs; coordinate the placement of well-prepared youth into those opportunities, which includes, paid and unpaid work experiences and trainings to earn a credential.
- Coordinate supportive services and provide follow-up services to program participants.
- Prepare, submit, and monitor case file documentation throughout the duration of youth participation in the program, ensuring data is entered in an accurate and timely manner.
- Conduct employer engagement activities, including, participation on local chambers of commerce, work groups, and networks.
- Supervise a master’s level intern and/or Career Specialist.
- Perform routine administrative functions (statistics, client record keeping, research, etc.) and special administrative assignments.
- Facilitate trainings or organize special events as requested.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in a human service field from an accredited college/university and a minimum of three years of relevant social service experience required. Master’s degree in Social Work or related human service field preferred.
- Experience with supervision and program development and management preferred.
- Experience with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) contract strongly preferred.
- Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Significant experience in providing job skills training or post-secondary supports to high school students and/or young adults and a proven track record of cultivating relationships with employers to provide quality jobs for program participants required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to see, frequently talk, hear, use hands and fingers to feel, handle and operate objects or controls, sit for long periods of time and occasionally bend, stoop, kneel and crouch.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- General office environment.
- Work is generally sedentary in nature and requires using a computer for up to 80% of the time.
- The working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available.
Youth Guidance is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Youth Guidance does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law and is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity along all of these lines. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.