Case Management/Social Services, Education/Teaching/Training, Employment-Related Services
4 Year Degree
The Job Developer is responsible for working with clients to increase their ability to secure and maintain living wage employment. The Job Developer is also responsible for identifying potential job placement opportunities and coaching participants to remain employed. The Job Developer interacts with participants and job sites to make customized job matches and job retention support.
Market unique services to local and downtown Chicago employers. Target sectors and locations best suited for participant skill sets.
Create features and benefits materials describing cost savings from recruiting, lower turnover and faster ramp-up time.
Maintain on-going communication with a minimum of 25 businesses, industry contacts and job placement/training agencies for placement of participants.
Attempt 30% to 40% of job interviews for each class.
Create additional marketing materials that include a map of services including job matching to employer specifications, coaching to help with retention, long term career development, links to training. Emphasize long term employment support.
Form Community Based Employment Partnerships that include, but are not limited to, professional associations (hospitality, manufacturing, etc), chambers, job fair providers, civic groups like Lyons, other job training providers, local economic development agencies, government agencies, etc.
Use Community Partnership Models from workforce experts (Department of Labor, etc.) and Forefront, Chicago’s non-profit, free research library to outline collaboration strategy, resources to share and shared performance goals.
Use Screening and Job Matching Materials to make employment referrals based on employer needs and participant qualifications. Include hiring supervisors in customizing job matching process when possible.
Work with Employment Staff to Assess participant’s education level, employment skills and interests and readiness for the program.
Teach classes to Career Passport participants in finding employers, interviewing and having a career path. Use classroom time to assess participants, start formulating job matches and building employability skills.
Identify barriers to employment including legal background for needed supportive services.
Conduct job retention follow-up at 1, 3 and 6 months intervals with participants once employment is secured.
Follow-up. If a referred candidate is not selected, follow up with employer for feedback regarding candidate
Use social media, websites and employment agencies to research and identify potential leads for participants.
Track performance measurements for job placement, retention, advancement.
Maintain data information on all employers and participants after placement for retention purposes.
Attend job fairs to gain information on possible placements.
Maintain and publish job resource bank
Attend employment networking coalitions as assigned (e.g. Chicago Jobs Council and WERC)
Maintain client files with appropriate training and employment documentation.
Meet regularly with clients to discuss progress and challenges toward achieving employment goals.
Make regular presentations to Career Passport participants to assess job readiness and job matching possibilities and describe your role, build rapport.
Maintain positive relations with clients, volunteers, co-workers, staff from other agencies, agency funders, and the general public.
Interact effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds and treat each individual with respect and dignity.
Attend appropriate agency meetings and other community meetings as assigned.
Represent the agency in a professional and ethical manner.
Maintain an active team approach withall staff in all work-related situations and with the staff of other agencies/organizations.
Other duties as assigned.
About Housing Forward
Housing Forward mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. We are an energetic and dynamic team of professionals focused on ending homelessness for those we service. We value - client-centered services delivered with dignity and respect, collaborative relationships, open communication and information sharing, community support, and integrity, passion and perseverance in our work.
Housing Forward is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, pregnancy or related conditions, or disability.