American Youth Works
NextGen · Houston, Texas
CAREER TITLE: NextGen Employment Specialist
LOCATION: AYW Operating Site, Houston, TX
DEPARTMENT: Conservation Corps
POSITION REPORTS TO: Workforce Development Manager
POSITION SUPERVISES: None
CLASSIFICATION: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt
The Employment Specialist assists participants with career planning, career decision-making process, including intensive career counseling, assessment, enrollment into Career Pathways, job search assistance and retention services. Provides referrals to Workforce Solutions offices. Advising on labor market trends and guides participants related to career training/retraining needs in their areas of identified interests.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks. Under the direct supervision of the Workforce Development Manager, the Employment Specialist will perform the following functions:
Develop and maintain a robust employer engagement plan that increases placement and retention metrics for participants enrolling in industry-related, middle-skill occupations;
Identify potential partners based on industry needs and standing employer relationships through existing programs, local workforce investment boards, Chamber of Commerce, economic development organizations, trade associations, National Service programs, and non-profits;
- Develop a partnership database of key partners and community contacts to maintain institutional memory;
- Develop an employer-based value proposition and curate outreach material & presentations to target future partnerships.
- Cultivate and maintain employer partnerships needed for career exploration activities and help to implement work-based learning experiences such as internships, on-the-Career training, Career shadows, apprenticeships, and direct hire;
- Develop and coordinate Professional Networking Programs to enhance participant interest in and connection to employment.
- Facilitate communication between key industry partners and TxCC staff to align training programs with employment opportunities; organize advisory councils or other formats for sharing best workforce-related practices;
- Track and collect documentation of employment-related placements, enter the information in internal and external databases, and provide data for grant reporting;
- Write alumni success stories on a monthly basis and contribute to the narrative section of grant reports as needed;
- Assist in developing and leading activities to improve participant Career readiness skills, including facilitation of career readiness classes;
- Provide technical assistance to staff inclusive of best workforce-related practices including identifying a need to enhance soft and hard skills for TxCC members when applicable;
- Participate and engage in advisory committees, training opportunities, and other networking events to ensure continuous improvement with employer connections and key partners that may positively impact program metrics;
- Attend relevant team meetings;
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
ANTIRACIST ORGANIZATION TRANSFORMATION
Promote continued organizational support of Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives. Seek to break down institutional barriers in order to foster equity, inclusion, and belonging throughout the agency and the communities with whom we engage and collaborate.
EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor’s degree in a related field;
EXPERIENCE: Three years of previous related experience working with opportunity young adults, prior experience leading and teaching a team or supervising. Working with a young and diverse population experiencing barriers to education and employment with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices; and working with contracts, reporting measurements, compliance, member coordination, and, or working in a Conservation/YouthBuild/AmeriCorps model;
EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED, and 5 years of the specified work experience.
KNOWLEDGE: Microsoft Office and Google applications; Human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivations; principles and processes for providing customer and personal services; societal trends and influences, ethnicity, cultures & history; file management and records retention; working knowledge of Labor Market and Career Information; Career Readiness and interview strategies and skills; Knowledge of laws, government regulations, and agency rules. Principles, and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects, and working knowledge of resources for Harris County and surrounding areas;
SKILLS: Lead teams and develop leaders; good problem solving and logistical skills; conflict resolution skills; basic computer skills; Active Listening, Service Orientation, Social-Emotional Perceptiveness, Speaking, writing, monitoring yourself and others, coordination, critical thinking, time management, Instruction, and negotiation; Operate in diverse community settings; Able to provide mentorship for opportunity youth and emerging professionals;
ABILITIES: Manage small to complex projects, initiatives, and priorities, a self-starter with a high sense of personal responsibility and integrity. Dynamic and infectious leadership style to build trust and effective working relationships easily across a broad range of program participants and employees. Strong influencing skills to build commitment and persuade others to take appropriate action, and strategic thinker with strong leadership and negotiation skills. Use analytics and data to inform concisely, make recommendations, critically assess challenges, and identify flexible, practical solutions, decisions, and actions. Active listening, strong emotional intelligence; exceptional interpersonal and relationship building/partnering skills. Exceptional organization and file management skills. Assume responsibility and ownership for projects, staff, and making critical decisions
TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others, set and monitor performance standards;
HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;
VISION: The ability to see details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;
REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;
EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;
PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, carry objects, or restrain individuals.
PHYSICAL ACTIVATES CONTINUED
MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, and chainsaws;
DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without ‘giving out’ or fatiguing; may also restrain potentially violent individuals;
VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving personal vehicle or 15-passenger company vans; using a computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.
INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;
OUTDOORS: Independent, isolated settings, may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions,
ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; with one-hour unpaid lunch break; occasionally some weekends to meet deadlines/special projects;
TRAVEL: Transport members to appointments as needed or requested. Occasional professional conferences, workshops, training; field trips; and annual staff retreat.
American Youth Works offers competitive benefits and leave packages including but not limited to:
- 11 personal days;
- 8 sick days;
- 19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
- 15 holidays, plus 1 floating holiday;
- Employer contributions toward medical and dental plan;
- Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
- Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
- Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
- 403(b) retirement with employer contribution;
- Employment service awards every 5-years;
AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.
If interested, please contact Nicholas Turner at NTurner@haul.org for more information on how to apply!
To apply for this job email your details to email@example.com