The Job Developer is responsible for identifying employment opportunities and retention strategies for program participants of the Michael Barlow Center, a program of St. Leonard’s Ministries which provides services exclusively to men and women with criminal backgrounds. This position requires developing relationships with various employers to promote participants’ job placements. The Job Developer meets with participants and assesses their skills for appropriate job referrals. The Job Developer works closely with other SLM staff, particularly the Program Directors of St. Leonard’s House and Grace House; and the Supportive Services Directors of St. Andrew’s Court and Harvest Commons. The Job Developer also works with other organizations that provide training and opportunities to people with criminal backgrounds.
1. Develop and maintain a network of potential employers that will yield specific employment opportunities for SLM program participants. The Job Developer will spend approximately 20% of his/her time in the field making direct employer contacts.
2. Seek job openings that are appropriate to the skill level of each individual MBC/SLM program participant.
3. Maintain contact with employers and the participants placed with those employers to address any issues or concerns to ensure and document job retention.
4. Develop and implement a process to prepare the individual participant for the job interview, address the logistics of getting to the job site, and debrief with the participant after the interview. Generate at least 10 viable employment interviews per month for clients through key employment partnerships, referrals, or other resources.
5. Take an active role in the on-going development of individualized employment plans for program participants.
6. Participate in the development and implementation of training to ensure that participants will be successful in job search and job retention, and that offerings are consistent with the needs of the employment market.
7. Keep accurate and complete paper and electronic records of the participants’ employment activities, and enter the pertinent information into the appropriate funder and internal databases. Monitor and document employment activity and retention for the first 12 months of employment.
8. Represent the agency to various on/off site groups and employment related circles in Chicago and neighboring communities.
9. Create appropriate linkages with case management staff at all levels of MBC/SLM program delivery.
2. At least 3 years of successful experience developing employer relationships.
3. Ability to market the MBC/SLM clients to employers.
4. Knowledge of the resources, publications, web sites, and other tools that can be used to facilitate job placement.
5. Working knowledge of federal, state and local tax credits and other incentives available to employers for hiring our program participants.
6. Possess assessment and evaluation skills to match clients with appropriate employment.
7. Knowledge of community resources and ability to access these resources.
8. Ability to approach people in a manner which creates harmony and promotes cooperation.
9. Ability to communicate effectively with constituencies.
10. Possess a valid Illinois driver’s license and a properly registered and insured personal vehicle.
11. Possess computer skills to do word processing and database entry to prepare letters and reports.
Working Conditions: This is a full-time position that requires at least forty hours a week. Variance from regular hours may be necessary for availability to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Use of one’s own automobile is required.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work required of this position. They are not meant to provide an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.
St. Leonard’s Ministries is an equal opportunity employer.
St. Leonard's Ministries is a non-profit agency that provides re-entry services to men and women existing prison who want to rebuild their lives and reshape their futures. Services include: residential, educational, vocational, and job training.