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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST-RU

Company: First Place for Youth
Location: Belmont
Posted on: July 6, 2024

Job Description:

Are you dedicated to empowering and supporting youth, regardless of their background? We're searching for passionate individuals to make a positive impact on the lives of foster youth. Become an integral part of their transformative journey and join the First Place for Youth team. About First Place for Youth Were a leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster youth in their transition to adulthood, with a focus on education, employment, and housing. We believe that all young people deserve the opportunity to thrive and lead successful, independent lives. Our comprehensive programs empower foster youth to overcome the unique challenges they face and build the skills, confidence, and connections they need to succeed. Why Work at First Place For Youth:

  • Meaningful Impact: Help to transform the lives of foster youth on the cusp of adulthood. Your role will support them in their journey to conquer challenges, achieve independence, and fulfill their aspirations.
  • Innovative Approach: We thrive on innovation, pushing the boundaries of foster care support. Your voice here matters, and youll contribute to programs that redefine the futures of these young lives.
  • Collaborative and Supportive Environment: Embrace a dynamic and supportive workplace, where every team member is valued. Together, we're a force dedicated to uplifting youth. Expect professional growth, fueled by teamwork and collaboration.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We value the well-being of our employees and offer a comprehensive benefits package. From health and wellness benefits to retirement plans, we ensure that our team members are taken care of so they can focus on their important work supporting foster youth.
  • Culture of Diversity and Inclusion: We celebrate diversity in every form. At First Place for Youth, inclusivity reigns, creating a workplace where all voices are heard, respected, and empowered.POSITION SUMMARY: The Education and Employment Specialist (EES) is an energetic and youth-centered individual who is passionate about supporting homeless youth in reaching their educational and employment goals. The EES manages a caseload of up to 40 youth in the Rising Up program providing targeted employment and education case management within a team setting. The EES supports youth in developing goals related to post-secondary education, career development and obtaining and maintaining a living wage. The EES must have knowledge in youth-centered approaches to support the development of skills in securing and maintaining employment along with a solid understanding of traditional school, post-secondary, vocational and apprenticeship education systems. Additionally, the EES is responsible for forming and maintaining relationships with local employers, educational programs and community resources to support job-linkages. The EES must be able to influence, teach and motivate youth and have an understanding of coaching principals to guide a youth through the stages of change. The EES performs both one-on-one support and group-based work and leads education and employment events for the Rising Up program. The EES works in partnership with the Housing Case Managers to coordinate targeted support to youth. This position is required to work onsite and in the community Monday Friday.Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
    • Meet with individual youth regularly to develop career related goals and identify steps to achieve goals, including post-secondary education planning. Provide continuous coaching, identify barriers and develop joint-plans to achieve success with youth and Housing Case Manager.
    • Lead workshops related to career education, job seeking skills and other pre- and post-employment related skills such as resume development, dressing for success, interviewing and job maintenance.
    • Collect and track income information and update database monthly with education and employment changes.
    • Document and track all meetings with youth by creating case notes within internal database and within required timelines.
    • Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy.
    • Assess educational status and interests of youth participants on an ongoing basis through standard assessments and in 1:1 sessions with youth. Work with youth on their individualized educational goals focusing on self-sufficiency and identify short-term steps towards reaching these goals.
    • Complete initial and annual assessments with youth participants within program timelines
    • Develop individualized plans with each unique youth, taking into account their individual cultural identity, background and experience.
    • Establish and maintain external collaborations with individuals and businesses to develop employment opportunities for youth.
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department.
    • Other duties may be assigned. Administrative
      • Complete documentation including but not limited to Action Plans, assessments and progress notes within required timelines.
      • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with Program Manager.
      • Regularly monitor employment and education data and use data to identify trends and present findings to team.
      • Participate in agency committees as assigned.
      • Provide on-going orientation and training to staff as assigned.Qualification and Requirements
        • Bachelors 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 Transition Aged homeless 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 drivers license, and proof of insurance.
        • Must be willing to meet clients in-person at the office or in the field as needed.
        • Must be able to pass a Community Care Licensing background check
        • Availability for occasional evening and weekend work and some travel as needed.
        • Commitment to cultural competency and diversity Deep commitment to social justice and systems change that addresses barriers based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.BENEFITS:
          • 15 days of vacation time in the first year
          • 12 days of sick time
          • 2 floating holidays
          • 15 paid holidays
          • Employees choice of Kaiser or UCH HMO/PPO with up to 90% of the premium covered by First Place on certain plans
          • Principal dental and vision coverage
          • Healthcare and Dependent care FSA plans
          • Principal basic life and voluntary life insurance coverage
          • Employee Assistance Program
          • 401(k) retirement savings plan with matching contributions
          • Annual reimbursement for continuing education
          • Paid sabbatical
          • Paid maternity and paternity leave*We do not offer relocation assistance Local candidates preferred*Pay will be determined based on Education and Experience. *Career CoachIf you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of transition age foster youth and want to join a dynamic and impactful organization, we invite you to apply. Together, let's empower transition age foster youth to achieve their dreams and build a brighter future. To learn more about First Place For Youth and view our current job openings, please visit our website at .We are unable to sponsor work visas now or in the future. First Place will consider qualified applicants with a criminal history pursuant to the California Fair Chance Act, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and applicable law. You do not need to disclose your criminal history or participate in a background check until a conditional job offer is made to you. Find out more about the Fair Chance Act by visiting the California Civil Rights Department webpage or reviewing provide by the City of San Francisco. For additional information regarding your rights, please also review the Compensation details: 26.59-33.67 Hourly WagePIf543cd8493b8-26289-34366902

Keywords: First Place for Youth, San Francisco , EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST-RU, Education / Teaching , Belmont, California

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