Education and Employment Counselor – 5th Street

POSITION TITLE: Employment and Education Counselor / 5th Street

REPORTS TO: LSA Management

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:

Support the employment and education needs of the residents housed in the Community Housing Partnership program at 5th Street Housing.

SUPERVISES: None

EXEMPT STATUS: Non-exempt

UNION STATUS: Union

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Support the approved curriculum of resume building, cover letter creation, self-esteem improvement training, and proper interviewing skills as part of supporting the employment or education plan for youth.
  • Help in interviewing and assessing 5th Street Housing clients for employment and educational needs.
  • Participate with Larkin Street Academy programming, including collaborating with the other workforce development, education, and independent living programs within Larkin Street, Community Housing Partnership, and other programs located throughout the San Francisco area.
  • Assist clients in education planning, school or education program enrollment, job search, securing work, and retaining employment or active school attendance support.
  • Track client progress in the workplace through regular communication with employment supervisors, housing case managers.
  • Maintain up-to-date records of education status and job retention.
  • Implement relationship-building strategies with education institutions and employers, including presentations, special events, organization acknowledgement, and networking.
  • Assist in the design of promotional materials (monthly calendar, fliers, brochures, etc.) targeting potential education programs, employers, homeless youth, and social service agencies.
  • Meet regularly with Community Housing Partnership’s 5th Street Housing staff to discuss client progress.
  • Fulfill reporting requirements as designated by Larkin Street Academy and Community Housing Partnership.
  • Administer Larkin Street assessments and education surveys or testing.
  • Tasks and committees as assigned.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Maintain professional standards of performance, demeanor and appearance at all times.
  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description.
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with the responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and the youth we serve.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Maintain the strictest of confidentiality.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and excel in a multi-cultural environment.

 PHYSICAL & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Bi-lingual is Spanish preferred

EDUCATION: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration preferred or equivalent experience.
  • Two to four (2-4) years of progressive experience in education workforce development or related discipline.
  • Experience working with adolescents as a vocational counselor/job developer or in the field of public relations.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural, diverse environment highly desired.

This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement.

 BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:

  • Passion for our agency’s mission in maintaining a positive, upbeat attitude
  • Exceptional organizational skills with reliability and consistency in work performance
  • Flexibility with a team player mentality
  • Ability to work with minimal to moderate supervision
  • An extreme focus on good judgment with a proactive approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor with great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Desire to be engaged with youth with regards to education and employment
  • Ability to multi-task with the capability to learn quickly and integrate efficiently

Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

COMPENSATION:

  • Starting at DOE
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five)
  • Sick time
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Health Advocate Service
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment
  • 403(b) retirement plan

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] then in the Subject Box please indicate the position that you are applying for.

Larkin Street Youth Services is an equal opportunity employer. Larkin Street Youth Service seeks qualified candidates with interest in the non-profit sector. We are committed to embracing diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified.