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Baltimore's Promise, a non-profit collective impact organization, is seeking a Recruitment Specialist for Grads2Careers (G2C), a special collaborative initiative that seeks to create a formal pathway for Baltimore City Public Schools graduates into careers that pay a family-supporting wage.
G2C provides free career readiness training, occupational training, and wraparound supports recent graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools). This position will work primarily within City Schools and in close coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED). The Recruitment Specialist will be responsible for working with City Schools College and Career Readiness staff, City Schools teachers, students, staff, and workforce training providers to create opportunities to inform and recruit graduates of current and future graduating classes into the post-secondary career training opportunities provided through G2C.
The Recruitment Specialist will also support the advancement of system-building efforts related to post-secondary pathways by facilitating opportunities for heightened collaboration with City Schools, MOED, and workforce providers. This position will be a Baltimore’s Promise position based out of City Schools with City Schools staff oversight. This is a grant-funded position.
The ideal candidate will have a sharp attention to detail, consistent follow through, ability to multitask and self-start, and strong interpersonal skills. The candidate must be aligned to Baltimore’s Promise’s Organizational Values, ways of working outlined in our Race Equity and Inclusion Statement, and City Schools’ Equity Policy. The candidate will also have a deep understanding of workforce development, experience in implementation of programs serving older youth (ages 16 to 21), and the ability to work with and build relationships with youth.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Create a pool of interested and eligible candidates to apply for and enroll in occupational training programs through varied recruitment strategies in high schools around the city, including Alternative Options Programs and the Navigator Center, prioritizing students who have listed career or workforce training programs as goals in their student plans. Activities should include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Schedule and coordinate school-based staff presentations on occupational training available through G2C. This could include information fairs at participating schools with training providers and classroom presentations
- Schedule and coordinate all bi-monthly recruitment events. These events will be a collaborative effort between all G2C staff, with the Recruitment Specialist providing the core vision and logistical and administrative support needed to ensure smooth and effective programming, including outreach to school staff, training providers, community-based locations, and other resource providers
- Seek, schedule, and coordinate opportunities for G2C staff to present at community and youth events that will connect with G2C’s target population
- Develop relationships with City Schools students, staff, and partners to understand the opportunities and barriers to developing a post-secondary career pathway for youth in Baltimore City Schools in order to effectively recruit for the project
- Administer academic proficiency tests (e.g. CASAS Form 80 Assessment) for interested participants as a part of school-based sessions or specific testing sessions for students who have already demonstrated interest
- Grade tests, record test results and program interests in the Grads2Careers database, and share data with the G2C Participant Support Coordinator
- Inform G2C team members of recruitment data, trends in recruitment, and effective practices
- With the Participant Support Coordinator and the G2C Implementation team, determine key data to collect related to recruitment and early-stage applicants in order to inform future recruitment efforts
- Analyze the data from the website and social media accounts to ascertain most effective web-based recruitment techniques and share with the Implementation and Operations Teams of G2C
- Work closely with the City Schools College and Career Readiness team (including the work-based learning team, Postsecondary Advising Specialist, Navigator Center, and the Participant Support Coordinator) to develop a systemic strategy for introducing students to and connecting students with workforce training programs
- Support the implementation of the Summer Prep Class and other academic remediation activities with other Implementation Team members
- Manage the website and social media accounts for the G2C initiative to increase awareness among the target population, including regularly scheduled posts and a frequently updated virtual presence for the initiative
- Ensure interested participants receive constant reminders for recruitment events and recruitment related opportunities. This position will have access to a recruitment communication system to track these contacts
- Communicate and share data with the Participant Support Coordinator to inform smooth transition of young people from interest to application and participation
- Ensure student information collected through interest form data is transferred to the data system, in addition to Grads2Careers Project Coordinator and Participant Support Coordinator, highlighting any data that would be relevant to participant program selection or placement
- Assist in representing City Schools, MOED, and Baltimore’s Promise externally, as needed
- Manage recruitment database and provide summary analyses to Project Coordinator, Participant Support Coordinator, and other staff
Desired Skills and Experience
- Bachelor's degree required
- Strong work tenure: At least 2-3 years of experience required in areas related to workforce development, education, youth development, program planning and implementation, sales and marketing, or event planning
- Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
- Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including youth, staff, board members, external partners
- Expert level communication skills (written, verbal, and presentation)
- Experience facilitating engaging presentations and meetings in both an in-person and virtual setting
- Experience managing a website and social media content for an organization
- Experience and interest in data collection and analysis (experience with Efforts to Outcomes data system preferred)
- Experience with using a content management system (e.g. Salesforce)
- Experience with virtual platforms for collaboration, communication, and convening, including but not limited to the following: Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace, and Dropbox)
- Familiarity with Baltimore City, its neighborhoods and communities, current opportunities and challenges, and key partners that can help advance community-based recruitment efforts
- Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
- Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize conflicting needs; handle matters in an expedient and proactive manner; follow through on projects to successful completion, often under deadline pressure
- Commitment to providing services through the lenses of race, equity and inclusion as well as positive youth development
- Alignment to Baltimore’s Promise’s Organizational Values, ways of working outlined in our Race Equity and Inclusion Statement, and City Schools’ Equity Policy
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point)
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. The salary range is $65,000 - $72,000 annually based on professional experience.
In normal circumstances, periodic travel to conferences or issue-related convenings may be necessary, but in general, very little travel outside of Baltimore City is required. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baltimore’s Promise team and Grads2Careers staff work remotely in accordance with current public health guidance and best practices. The Grads2Careers Recruitment Specialist must be able to work effectively from a remote setting for the foreseeable future.
We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Submit your resume and cover letter by submitting your application materials here preferably before March 5, 2021.
About Baltimore’s Promise
We are a city-wide collective impact organization composed of public sector, private sector, higher education, nonprofit, community, and philanthropic leaders. We serve as a catalyst for organizing efforts and resources around a shared vision: all Baltimore City youth will travel a safe, healthy, and successful educational path from cradle to career.
Working with partners who are passionate about making the city a better place to live, we use data and research grounded in community perspectives and residents’ lived experiences to identify and eliminate systems-level barriers that prevent a smooth trajectory for young people as they become adults.
In our fight for justice and systems change, our values as individuals, teams, and as an organization are the following:
- Equity – Our efforts and initiatives are co-developed and driven by the lived experiences of those most negatively impacted by the outcomes we seek to improve. Race, ethnicity, gender, or other attributes should not have predictive power over support, resources, and opportunities that one can access. Our full Race Equity and Inclusion Statement can be viewed in full at the end of this posting or here: https://www.baltimorespromise.org/rei
- Hustle – We are self-starters who take the initiative to strategically identify and advance solutions to address failures in achieving positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. We work efficiently, cross-functionally, and resourcefully – with a sense of urgency – to carry out the mission of the organization.
- Humanity – We honor individuals and communities by holding ourselves and our partners accountable to act with integrity, compassion, kindness, and empathy.
- Creativity – We are fun and innovative. Our first idea may not be the final strategy because we look for and embrace new ideas from diverse sources. We celebrate accomplishments of staff and partners.
- Shared Accountability – Shared Accountability is our collective responsibility for the work of the organization, not a threat of sanction. When we say we will do something, we will do it, and if we don’t, we will communicate our reasons why. We must be both supportive and critical of one another to ensure that we meet individual and team responsibilities that contribute to larger organizational goals.
ABOUT BALTIMORE’S PROMISE
Baltimore's Promise is a citywide collaborative composed of public, business, higher education, nonprofit, community, and philanthropic leaders. We serve as a catalyst for organizing efforts and resources around a shared vision: all Baltimore City youth will travel a safe, healthy, and successful educational path from cradle to career. Baltimore’s Promise uses data to report on outcomes for children from birth through their early careers in order to understand the complex needs our city’s children.
We promote a data-based approach to program and policy design--one that is informed by context and lived experience of the communities affected and conducted with the participation of all stakeholders. Recognizing enduring inequities resulting from persisting racism, ethnocentrism, sexism, and the intersections thereof, we employ a race equity lens to all aspects of data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation.
RACE EQUITY AND INCLUSION STATEMENT
Too many Baltimore City children and youth face significant obstacles to achieving their full potential. Opportunity and paths to success are not equitably available to all of our children. Through generations of collective history in our city—confirmed by bodies of research—we know inequities in opportunity and disparities in outcomes are driven by race, gender, socioeconomic status, culture, disabilities, and other societal factors.
In Baltimore, systemic race-based barriers disproportionately affect Black children and youth and those in other communities of color. For Baltimore’s Promise to fulfill our mission of ensuring that all children succeed, we must apply an equity lens that allows us to better understand these barriers and the challenges faced by our vulnerable children, youth and the family supporting their pathway. Acknowledging these entrenched structural impediments, Baltimore’s Promise must commit to long-term strategies that will create opportunity and foster transformative change across Baltimore City.
A rigorous and sustained focus on eliminating systemic and institutional race-based barriers to opportunity is essential to achieving our objectives from cradle to career. Through this intentional approach, we can better shape targeted strategies that meet specific needs of our vulnerable children and youth while improving conditions and outcomes for all populations we serve, creating new pathways for opportunities for children, youth and families to thrive in Baltimore.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Baltimore’s Promise is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals, as well as administer all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, status as an individual with a disability who is otherwise qualified to perform the essential functions of his or her position, or any other protected characteristic in accordance with applicable laws. Baltimore’s Promise will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination, and any such conduct is prohibited.