PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Primary role of the Education & Employment Program Specialist is to oversee the YES Program and support the employment and educational needs of the Larkin Street Youth Access Point. Engage & build community amongst clients by utilizing a Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) and Restorative Practice lens within Larkin Street Academy (LSA). Collaborate and outreach with internal Larkin Street Youth Services and external agencies in college/GED related programming, soft skills development, hiring event, and vocational training. Instruct and guide clients through approved curriculum of resume and cover letter building, job/career search, mock interviews, proper interviewing attire and etiquette as part of the YES Program guidelines and supporting the Education & Employment plan for drop-in youth.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

• Interviewing and assessing of clients for education and employment needs

• Participate in Monthly Larkin Street Academy Graduations, collaborating with the other workforce development, education, and Youth Force programs

• Assist clients in job search, securing and retaining employment

• Maintain up-to-date records of job retention

• Facilitate Job Readiness group sessions utilizing current LSA workforce curriculum

• Input touchpoints into Larkin Street Youth Services’ database through Enterprise Nonprofit Software (ETO)

• Provide employment outreach to youth in housing programs, Engagement Community Center (ECC), AND Larkin Street Academy

• Develop case plans in areas such as budgeting, housing, substance use, transportation and time management

• Coordinate between case managers and clients to clarify expectations, requirements and availability, etc.
• Implement relationship-building strategies with employers including presentations, special events, employer acknowledgement, and networking

• Assist in the design of promotional materials (monthly calendar, fliers, brochures, etc.) targeting potential employers, homeless youth, and social service agencies

• Fulfill reporting requirements as designated by education/employment services department

• Administer Larkin Street Academy assessments and education surveys

• Host & assist with Larkin Street Academy hiring events and job fairs

• Facilitate Job Readiness group sessions utilizing current LSA workforce curriculum

• Attends WIOA or HSA monthly and quarterly meetings, trainings and program planning

. • Identify and outreach to agencies that serve youth in need of education and employment services and strengthen the program

• Tasks and committees as assigned

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 to the youth in which we serve

• Actively strive to upgrade professional skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience

• Maintaining the strictest of confidentiality

• Execute duties and administrative tasks assigned to the WIOA or HSA desk

• 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

• Bi-lingual or Spanish preferred

• 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 preferred or equivalent experience

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:

• Three to Four (3-4) years of progressive experience in education workforce development or related discipline.

• Experience working with TAY youth as a vocational counselor/ job developer or in the field of public relations. Experience in working in a multi-cultural, diverse environment. Highly desired.

COMPENSATION: • 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.

Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required. Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer