Full-Time Job Developer
It’s great to work in a company where people truly believe in what they’re doing. At First Place for Youth we’re committed to bringing passion and Client (Youth) focus to the business of making a meaningful impact. We work hard, and we’re serious about what we do. But we like to value our employees, too. In fact, we run our company with that principle in mind every day: One of our core values is investment in others. We value in creating an environment so that each one of us can succeed in our personal and professional goals.
The First Place for Youth Job Developer provides:
1) individualized education and employment support; and 2) job development and vocational certification opportunities across various jurisdictions. The Job Developer will build relationships and focus across multiple Bay Area cities/counties that will require special attention to partnership building in various regions with workforce development organizations. By building partnerships with employers on the front end, we address the fact that our participants often must compete for jobs against applicants who have had more opportunities for education and work experience. These ongoing relationships increase opportunities for feedback from employers, helping to ensure the long-term success of our participants in the workplace. Duties include:
1) Individualized education and employment support-develop job readiness, effective job search strategies and retention skills; identify interest and core motivation; vet and provide direct connections to employers; provide opportunities for career exposure and exploration through job shadowing and informational interviews; and support youth in developing and moving through the career ladder towards self-sustainability.
2) Job Development- cultivate partnerships across multiple jurisdictions with local businesses, industry organizations, public agencies, and employment service agencies to source job openings and vocational training opportunities; identify and solicit commitments from possible sources of employment; initiate ongoing personal contacts with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies in various geographical areas; research job leads, job fairs and internet resources; and maintain labor market knowledge and industry trends.
• Bachelor’s degree required. Degree in business, management or related filed preferred.
• Bilingual skills in Spanish is preferred
• Three years’ of experience working with at-risk youth, preferably current and former foster youth
• Ability to work with high level of detail, thoroughness, and organizational skills
• Ability to lead teams and hold internal and external members accountable
• Clear understanding of education, employment and career systems and resources
• High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work
• Excellent communication skills, professional demeanor, sound judgment, and strong organizational skills
• Strong ability to represent the interests of the agency with community stakeholders
• Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office 2010 applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Experienced with data-base systems. Experience with Efforts to Outcomes database is a plus
• Availability for occasional evening and weekend work and some travel as needed
• Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance required