TITLE: ILSP Employment and Education Specialist-San Francisco County

REPORTS TO: San Francisco ILSP Manager

SCHEDULE: Monday through Friday evenings, and some weekends as is required by supervisor

ORGANIZATION: First Place for Youth is the largest agency in California dedicated exclusively to providing access to affordable housing and resources for transition-age foster youth and has grown to become a nationally recognized model. Since our founding in 1998, we have provided thousands of California foster youth with the housing, employment, and educational support needed to make the difficult transition from foster care to independent living. With these critical resources, youth are significantly more likely to overcome homelessness, poverty, low educational achievement, and poor health. First Place now leverages our unique position and reputation as a high quality service provider to advocate for change on behalf of all foster youth. For more information about First Place for Youth go to: www.firstplaceforyouth.org

JOB SUMMARY: The Employment and Education Specialist provides targeted educational and employment support to current and former foster care youth in the San Francisco ILSP program. This position will support youth to identify and work toward educational and employment goals that support their long term permanency. The Specialist will provide light touch and intensive education and employment services, case coordinate with external providers, link youth to community resources, and act as an advocate and resource in all youth services in education and employment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Employment

• Assist youth in securing full time, part-time, and summer employment.

• Develop jobs for in-care and emancipated foster care youth.

• Accompany youth to job fairs, job interviews and submitting applications as needed.

• Work with youth participants to create and revise resumes.

• Counsel youth in career exploration and planning.

• Case coordinate with community service providers to ensure youth develop and maintain employment plans.

• Coach youth participants on handling work-related issues and promote self-advocacy.

• Work with youth to increase success in job retention.

• Lead workshops for youth participants on vocational and career-related topics.

• Other duties as assigned.

Education

• Assess educational status and interests of youth participants.

• Develop and maintain relationships with high schools, GED services, colleges, and vocational schools.

• Counsel youth participants on available financial aid and assist them in the application process.

• Interface with special education departments and staff, support IEP meetings for youth.

• Lead workshops for youth participants on education-related topics.

• Work with external service providers to ensure youth develop and maintain their educational plan.

• Other duties as assigned.

Case Coordination

• Coordinate education and employment services with external services providers where youth are housed.

• Provide crisis services resource and referral for homeless and runaway youth.

• Leverage external provider support to ensure youth receive essential services and resources.

• Build strong partner relationships with county social workers, group homes, TLPs, and other key community resources for in-care and out of care youth.

• Ensure youth are meeting Action Plan goals with respect to employment and education.

• Enter all data on time and correctly to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and within respective department.

• Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and individual weekly supervision with SF ILSP Manager.

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bachelor’s degree required.

• Three years’ of experience working with at-risk youth in an employment and educational context, preferably current and former foster youth.

• Excellent knowledge of education and employment resources for youth in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

• General knowledge of the issues facing transition age foster 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 driver’s license, and proof of insurance, this will be a mobile position.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word and Excel.

Benefits

• Competitive salary commensurate with experience

• Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Plan o Benefits coverage at for employee; coverage for dependents

• Flex Spending Account

• Employer paid life insurance

• Long term disability coverage

• Employer paid chiropractic plan

• 403 (b) Retirement plan

• 15 vacation days annually

• 12 paid holidays annually

• 12 paid sick days annually

• Vacation buy-back program

HOW TO APPLY:

Send resume and cover letter to:

Email: hr4@firstplaceforyouth.org

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