Lead Education and Employment Counselor

REPORTS TO:         Manager of Larkin Street Academy

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: The primary role of the Lead Education and Employment Counselor is to identify, assess, enroll and case manage youth in the Youth Employment Services Program and Workforce Investment Opportunity Act Program. The Lead Education and Employment Counselor will cultivate employment opportunities and refer youth to positions appropriate to their skills. Other key functions of a Lead Education and Employment Counselor are to develop and maintain ongoing relationships with employers. In this position, it is the responsibility of the Lead Education and Employment Counselor to assist in the design and creation of promotional materials for the program as well as collaborate with clients’ housing case managers, counselors, job coaches, and mentors to facilitate client success in the workplace. Another key aspect of this position is to assist youth in development and implementation of career track advancement plans. The Lead Education and Employment Counselor will also support the youth in their ongoing educational pursuits, supporting Larkin Street Academy Education programs by performing education assessments as part of the enrollment process into the program and making referrals to the education program that best meets the youth’s needs.             

SUPERVISES:                                  0

EXEMPT STATUS:                         Non Exempt

UNION STATUS:                             Union

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Participate in active employer outreach/marketing to develop short-term labor, paid internships, job shadowing opportunities, and permanent employment for youth.
  • Attends all HSA/WIOA monthly meetings, trainings, and program planning.
  • Disseminates information and training materials to Larkin Street Academy team.
  • Oversees all weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting for HSA/WIOA programs.
  • Serves as point of contact for all communication between Larkin Street and HSA/WIOA.
  • Oversees the process and implementation of the JobsNow program.
  • Works as liaison between Larkin Street and HSA/WIOA staff.
  • Maintain current listings of job openings and educational opportunities accessible at each program site.
  • Provide employment case management to youth enrolled in the YES/PAES and WIOA program. Keep up to date information on the JobsNow programing offered through the HSA department and other opportunities presented by WIOA.
  • Develop on going employment work plan with clear graduated goals toward youth employment needs as well a career exploration sessions.
  • Maintain database and case files of active client’s progress as they move through the programs.
  • Support youth in participating in Larkin Streets continuum of services including but not limited to housing, medical/mental health, and educational needs as identified by youth.
  • Facilitate Education and Employment groups for enrolled youth as needed.
  • Provide counseling and services to assist youth in job retention and career advancement.
  • Track clients progress in the workplace through regular communication with employment supervisors and maintain up-to-date records of job retention.
  • Implement relationship-building strategies with employers including presentations, special events, employer acknowledgement, and networking.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in the design of promotional materials (monthly calendar, fliers, brochures, etc.) targeting potential employers, homeless youth, and social service agencies.
  • Meet regularly with client’s housing case manager/advocate to discuss client progress.
  • Fulfill reporting requirements weekly and monthly as designated by Manager of Larkin Street Academy.
  • Other duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of individuals
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items
  • Excellent Customer Service skills
  • Be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend and walk.
  • Finger manipulation.
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.
  • Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.

EDUCATION: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Services, Business administration or related field.  Master’s Degree preferred.

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:

  • Three to Four (3-4) years of progressive experience in workforce development or related discipline.
  • Experience working with adolescents as a vocational counselor/ job developer or in the field of public relations Experience in working in a multi-cultural, diverse environment. Highly desired.
  • Must also have ability to work with high-risk youth and with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers.
  • Experience working with youth is highly desired, especially at-risk, homeless or runaway youth.

COMPENSATION:

  • Starting at $18.13 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

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

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.