The goal of The Door’s Career and Education Services Department is to support young people in completing secondary education and successfully transitioning into post-secondary education and employment. Programs within the Career and Education Services Department (CareerED) are designed to help both in-school and out-of-school youth to set and attain their educational and career goals. CareerED services allow a young person to craft a personalized life plan defining the steps he/she will take to achieve those goals while developing the necessary skills for future life success and independence. The Job and Internship Placement Specialist is responsible for cultivating and nurturing relationships with employers, training programs, unions, and other industry groups to provide job, internship, and sector-specific training opportunities that align with This Way Ahead participants’ career interests, goals, and abilities. The Job Placement Specialist will spend a significant portion of his/her time in the field meeting with employers, training providers, labor unions, and other industry groups to cultivate opportunities for This Way Ahead participants.

• Work with This Way Ahead Direct to Hire participants to obtain internship and unsubsidized employment opportunities that align with career interests, goals, and abilities.
• Initiate and maintain relationships with Gap and Banana Republic district and store managers as well as other employers, business and industry representatives with hiring needs suited to skills, interests, and abilities of Door Career and Education participants; Identify and gain access to hiring personnel.
• Develop sales pitch tailored to prospective employers and refine based on specifics of each employer and the industry sector.
• Placement of participants who don’t convert into employment options.
• Share information on job opportunities with the This Way Ahead team; train staff on the culture, expectations and requirements of each employer seeking to interview This Way Ahead participants.
• Conduct individual and group job search sessions with This Way Ahead participants.
• Assess and match This Way Ahead participants with job opportunities that meet their skills, abilities and interests.
• Assist This Way Ahead participants to complete job applications and prepare for interviews.
• Conduct regular follow-up with employers who have hired participants and report results to appropriate staff.
• Perform administrative duties including tracking all job referrals, placements, retention, and other job development activities daily and weekly.
• Contribute new ideas for achieving and exceeding program and contractual targets.
• Handle any appropriate responsibilities and functions as assigned by supervisor and/or director.

• Bachelors Degree required, preferably in Business, Sales and/or marketing or related field
• At least 3 years of job development or directly related experience required, preferably with individuals with barriers to employment
• Knowledgeable of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Effective organizational and time-management skills
• Demonstrated experience in a team-based work environment
• Ability to work independently, demonstrate sound judgment, multitask, and take initiative
• Must be self-motivated individual with ability to meet placement targets
• Existing employer contacts and experience presenting to business/industry strongly required
• Proficiency in Spanish, French, or Mandarin preferred but not required

Hours: Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend hours as needed

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