The Career Navigator will work in youth services, with an emphasis on the Right Turn re-entry demonstration project for young adults 18-24 years old. The position will assist participants in exploring and enrolling in the identified career pathways with the outcome being employment in the target industry. This program also provides workforce development services such as work readiness programs and job placement services to assist individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment in the achievement of their maximum vocational potential. These services must be responsive to the objectives of participants, funding agencies and employers; in compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards; and operated with financial efficiency.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Career Navigator is responsible for assisting and supporting the participants’ successful upgrading of his or her academic skills, job readiness, together with job connection staff, successful employment. Working as part of a team, he or she enrolls; case manages and provides career guidance to participants throughout the training and placement process. Examples of typical work includes providing student employment services, case management, meeting with employers to create internships and match students to jobs, and working with Workforce Development Councils, employers, training vendors detention facilities and parole/probation departments. Based on the knowledge, skills and abilities of employees and the business needs of the organization, employees may be assigned additional duties as needed.
Outreach and Sourcing:
· Conduct participant and employer outreach and actively research responsibilities to assist participants entering employment in the career pathway chosen.
· Identify and solicit commitments from possible sources of employment / internships from area employers in the target industry.
· Develop and maintain relationships with prospective stakeholders who include but not limited to participants, parole/probation officers, training site vendors, internship sites and employers.
· Attend industry meetings and events to maximize communications and gain detail understanding of sector and employment opportunities.
Case Management/ Career Navigation:
· Provide wrap around case management for participants in the Right turn program.
· Work with participants to determine specific needs, assist in accessing resources of partner agencies.
· Coordinates directly with staff of other agencies and monitors participant’s successful access of service.
· Monitor’s participant’s progress that includes facilitation weekly soft skills/job readiness classes, prompt response to participant’s issues, site visits and follow up on Individual development plan goals.
· Make recommendation for tutoring and additional resources needed for participant’s successful completion of HSD/Equivalent if needed.
· Assist participants in enrollment and registration process at post-secondary/ vocational institution in line with career plan.
· Conduct service coordination meeting with stakeholders to review participant’s progress in the program.
· Track all job development activities, workshops, classes, internships and all case management activities in multiple databases (JIMS, YO-MIS, ECM).
· Ensures data accuracy in databases for assessments, enrollments, case-management, follow up, referrals IDP and career pathway training updates.
· Build and maintain participant’s case files.
· Submit all required and/or requested documentation/ reports/paperwork by assigned due dates.
· Build relationships with appropriate departments and staff to enhance the job readiness/training.
· Experience of each participant and facilitate progress towards completion of training and successful employment.
· Meet and exceed performance goals and demonstrate behaviors of the organization’s operation agreements.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
· Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in career development, education, marketing, psychology, communications, social services, or equivalent experience required.
· Demonstrated experience in career development, job development and job placement required.
· Ability to develop and facilitate engaging career development related workshops to groups.
· Previous experience developing relationships with prospective employers required.
· Effective human services skills such as coaching, mentoring, supervision, motivation, and tracking of such services required.
· Demonstrated organizational and office skills in developing, managing and tracking program materials, processes, and procedures.
· Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of students.
· Ability to personify a pleasant and friendly atmosphere to the general public, staff, and faculty.
· Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
· Self-directed and motivated.
· Effective team player.
· Very comfortable and adept at using computer and mobile computing technology like Wi-Fi, laptops, smart phones, Microsoft Office products, Google web-based products, databases, etc.
· Ability to effectively transition between multiple work locations.
Please submit resumes to KAdesokan@goodwillhouston.org