Employment and Education Specialist

Candidate First Place for Youth is seeking a highly accountable and outcome driven social service professional, who enjoys working with youth and supporting permanency in the lives of former foster youth. The selected candidate will work closely with the Manager of Education and Employment to develop strong partnerships with local employment service agencies and the business community to develop employment opportunities for youth that are both appropriate and meaningful. Equally, the specialist will partner with local community colleges, 4-year colleges and vocational schools to promote education and career advancement among our youth population. The Specialist provides targeted educational and employment support to young adults who are preparing to transition out of foster care or who have recently left the foster care system. The specialist must be relentless in their pursuit of excellence and enjoy working in an innovative and fast paced environment.

First Place for Youth

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

Key Responsibilities

-Assist youth in securing full and part-time employment opportunities that will offer valuable work skills coupled with strong earning potential and opportunities for professional growth. -Develop and maintain partnerships with employers, vocational training programs, local one-stops and employment programs. -Counsel youth participants on available financial aid and assist them in the application process. -Provide assistance locating and securing additional academic grants and scholarships. -Work with youth participants on job retention skills, career planning, promotion advocacy and interpersonal employer relationship skills. -Lead workshops for youth participants on education and career-related topics.

Qualifications and Experience

-Bachelors degree required -2 years experience working with at-risk youth in an employment and educational context -Excellent knowledge of employment and educational resources for youth in the Bay Area, with a particular emphasis on the East Bay -Must have a dependable car, valid driver’s license, and proof of insurance -Excellent communication skills with young adults with variety of skills levels and backgrounds -Excellent verbal skills and strong ability to represent the interests of the agency with community stakeholders -General knowledge of the issues facing transitioning foster youth

BENEFITS -Competitive salary commensurate with experience -Medical, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Plan o Benefits coverage for employee and dependents -LTD and Flex Spending Account -403 (b) Retirement plan -Generous paid vacation and holidays

HOW TO APPLY Send resume and cover letter to: Human Resources Email: hr4@firstplaceforyouth.org

***Please specify that you are applying for the Employment and Education Specialist-Alameda County position***

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