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Education and Employment Specialist

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First Place for Youth | Oakland, CA
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JOB SUMMARY: The Education and Employment Specialist provides targeted employment and education support to foster care youth in our supported housing program. The Employment and Education Specialist must understand what it takes to support youth skills and resources to secure employment and retain employment along with a solid understanding of the traditional school, post secondary, and alternative education systems. The Specialist must be able to influence, teach, and motivate youth. The Specialist performs both one on one support and group based work. This position maintains a caseload of 30 youth. The Specialist works closely with the Youth Advocate position to coordinate targeted support to youth.     

Essential Job Functions:


Support youth to identify and work toward employment and educational goals that support their long term permanency.

·        Teach classes and workshops related to career education, job seeking skills and other pre-employment related classes, resumes, development and interviewing skills.

·        Meet with clients regularly to provide goal-directed employment support, casework and continuous motivation as well as document and track sessions creating case notes.

·        Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy

·        Assess educational status and interests of youth participants on an ongoing basis the Education and Employment Specialist will work with youth on their individualized educational goals focusing on self-sufficiency and identify short-term steps towards reaching these goals

·        Support youth with exploring careers of interest, identifying vocational programs and enrolling and pursuing stackable vocational certifications

·        Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department

·        Complete initial and annual assessments with youth participants

·        Establish and maintain external collaborations with individuals and businesses to develop employment opportunities for young adults



Administrative

·           Completes documentation including but not limited to Care and Services plans, needs assessments, and progress notes.

·           Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with Program Manager

·           Participates in agency committee as assigned.

·           Provides on-going orientation and training to staff as assigned.

·           Attend required team meetings and trainings

·           Perform related work as required.


QUALIFICATIONS:

·        Bachelor’s degree in counseling, psychology, social work, education or related field required

·        Two years of full-time social work or casework employment in the field of family or child welfare services.

·        One year of experience working with youth in career development and job placement capacities

·        Excellent knowledge of education and employment resources for youth in the Bay Area

·        General knowledge of the issues facing transitioning foster youth

·        High level of personal accountability for the quality and impact of work

·        Excellent communication skills, professional demeanor, sound judgment, and strong organizational skills

·        Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently

·        Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance

·        Must be able to pass a Community Care Licensing background check



Physical Demands:

Physical requirements include the ability to lift and reach for light objects; close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures; ability to type utilizing a computer keyboard; ability to travel to outside locations; and the ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time as a primary job function. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must have a valid driver’s license and have the ability and skill to drive a vehicle.

JOB SUMMARY: The Education and Employment Specialist provides targeted employment and education support to foster care youth in our supported housing program. The Employment and Education Specialist must understand what it takes to…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required

Location

Oakland, CA
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