Employment Placement Specialist

Posted by
Year Up
Pleasant Hill, CA
Published 22 days ago


Reporting to the Employment Placement Manager, the Employment Placement Specialist will serve as part of Year Up's Program team and will play a role in coordinating the training, support, and assessment of young adult readiness for internships and mission-aligned career opportunities. They will be a critical support in building and stewarding relationships with local hiring managers and staffing agencies. The Employment Placement Specialist will survey and report on partner satisfaction and support the strategy to ensure growth in hiring partner accounts. They will be a critical resource in all efforts needed to support hiring of alumni, while also preparing and coaching alumni through the job search and interview process.

To be successful in this role, you will thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that requires you to be extremely detail-oriented. You will be eager to support all efforts in stewarding, managing and leveraging relationships with Year Up alumni, corporate partners and potential employers to identify employment opportunities for Year Up graduates. You will be comfortable working collaboratively across Year Up teams to ensure that all structures and process are in place to support all goals and metrics centered on student success. As an ideal candidate for this position, you will be someone who enjoys working with both internal and external stakeholders, and can effectively tailor your communication style to diverse audiences.

In keeping with Year Up's values, the Employment Placement Specialist will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a professional skills coach, group facilitator, and advocate. All Year Up Learning Community members are accountable to building a positive educational environment.


Program and Learning Community

  • Work with Employment Placement and Program Management team to support and track asset-based, skills-focused readiness plans for young adults in all phases of the program
  • Act as a key inputter for all student performance evaluations
  • Play an active role in supporting the internship matching process and speak to individual skills and internship readiness for all students ensuring the "right fit" match for young adults and corporate partners
  • Serve as a coach/mentor for current students and interns
  • Join and facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings

Job Readiness

  • Ensure that Year Up young adults are "graduate ready" upon completion of program through college-level and career-focused trainings conducted in all phases of the program for ~30 students:
  • Teach and assess students in a twice-weekly "Career Development and Interpersonal Relations" course as student prepare to go on internship
  • Teach and assess a once-weekly Internship Seminar for students as they transition from internships to career
  • Systematically deliver skills-based seminars and courses for graduates of the program as they continue on their job search; including but not limited to topics such as: resume writing, job searches, interviewing techniques and make connections to higher education resources like FAFSA, grant/scholarship research, and college enrollment
  • Accurately track all metrics in a CRM (

Job Procurement

  • Support the Employment Placement team as they secure and fill job requisition goals annually to be filled by Year Up graduates to meet organizational positive outcomes goals
  • Participate in all efforts to secure job opportunities for alumni
  • Support the management of all hiring partner portfolios
  • Generate and update account maps for all accounts
  • Organize and support the process for position assessments with hiring companies
  • Maintain and update a database of job opportunities

Job Placement

  • Provides support to potential Year Up interns/alumni as they prepare for specific job opportunities by coaching and mock interviewing prospective candidates
  • Participate in candidate follow-up and hiring companies through regular check-ins
  • Support regular check-ins with partners to address partner concerns and gather feedback on alumni hire performance
  • Support all efforts to leverage and identify new opportunities with existing partners
  • Support all efforts to grow and cultivate key accounts by evaluating fit and success of current and past employees


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in staffing, job readiness or career services
  • Demonstrated knowledge of job coaching, career counseling, and/or job training
  • Experience teaching and facilitating workforce readiness trainings with a commitment to asset-based adult learning principles, a plus
  • Eagerness/ability to identify challenges and implement solutions
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Impeccable professional customer service skills with exceptional follow-up and follow-through
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at one time, delivering within deadlines
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently
  • Comfortable in a close-knit, team-oriented setting
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with a plus
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with relevant experience and skills.
  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.
  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.
  • Professional Development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives ($2,500 per year)


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults-no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country-a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up's intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 35,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity:

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.

Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.


Reporting to the Employment Placement Manager, the Employment Placement Specialist will serve as part of Year Up's Program team and will play a role in coordinating the training, support, and assessment of young adult readiness…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    September 29, 2021




Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

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