Job Developer - Generalist (Youth Reinvestment Program)
Youth Services | Compton, CA | Full Time
Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories
Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOA - LA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.
Youth Reinvestment Program
The State of California established the Youth Reinvestment Grant program aimed at diverting low-level offenders from initial contact with the juvenile justice system using approaches that are evidence-based, culturally relevant, trauma-informed, and developmentally appropriate. In partnership with the City of Compton, VOALA provides housing-related assistance, job skills training, case management and other community-based supportive services.
JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE
Job Developer serves on a team that is the central point of contact to coordinate and provide job placement and support services for assigned clients.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Develops an individualized employment plan with each participant
- Conduct employability assessments of potential participants, this includes, but is not limited to assessing level of ability, readiness for work, physical and mental capabilities of participants, educational background, skills and identification of challenges and barriers to employment
- Write complete and detailed individualized employment plans outlining activities and community referrals, with concise and clear goals to be tracked
- Provide career counseling and job coaching, including labor market trends to job seekers, coordinating job skills training, as outlined in participant employment plan,
- Provide job readiness skills training (soft skills) in areas of resume preparation, interviewing and job search techniques
- Arrange interviews with employers and working with participants on job retention issues
- Develop and maintain working relationships with local employers, creating long-term permanent placement opportunities for program participants
- Develop a resource base of employers committed to giving priority hiring attention to HVRP
- Represent the interests of the agency, (Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles) the program and its participants in all networking and public relations opportunities.
- Develop and coordinate linkages with job skills training resources in high-demand fields
- Coordinate with EDD Worksource Centers, Department of Rehabilitation, Los Angeles Unified School District, various community and faith-based providers, and other social service and employment resources to ensure participants have access to available services to ensure success.
- Meet regularly with program participants, aiding their job search by scheduling interviews, referring job leads and community services to ensure participant success
- Monitor and track job placement activities on a regular basis to ensure accurate and timely reporting of progress as required
- Other duties as assigned.
- Must be able to pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, and employment and education verification.
- Valid California driver’s license, acceptable proof of automobile insurance, and/or reliable mode of transportation.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and experience (four years) in employment placement and vocational counseling activities.
- 1 years of experience working as Job Developer with demonstrated skills in working with vulnerable population.
- Skills in sourcing jobs, and cold calling potential employers
- Knowledge of local employment market
- Valid California driver’s license, insurance and reliable transportation preferred. Must be willing to travel/drive company vehicle through Los Angeles County.
- Basic Microsoft operating system navigation, outlook, word, excel, power-point, internet browser.
Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal skills including relationship building
- Able to develop relationships with participants involved with the justice system, their families, as well as a variety of service stakeholders (schools, health and public benefit agencies).
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to conduct presentations to groups
- Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
- Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.
- Client- focused, Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, compassionate.
- 2 years of experience working with U.S Armed Forces Veterans, homelessness, re-entry population, substance abuse patients, and/or at-risk youth.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal).
- Knowledge and experience working with and using HMIS software or programs.
- Knowledge and experience working with and using Database software programs.
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.
If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.