Works with Coordinator to develop and implement an employer engagement strategy to develop subsidized and unsubsidized work experiences for youth between the ages of 16 and 24. General range of youth to be placed is 35-55 per year.
Subsidized work experiences include short term placement where youth gain technical skills in specific industry and SGA offers payment directly to youth. Documentation is required from each placement that includes agreement, job description, and safety checklist.
Unsubsidized placement can includes both part and full time employment. Employment Verifications must be collected by employer/youth.
Develops employer engagement in high demand industries and career pathways, such as Hospitality, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Information Technology.
Utilizes Illinois WorkNet and the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership for Labor Market Information and Target Occupational Profiles to target employer relationships and potential openings.
Markets, recruits and maintains relationships with employers that will expose youth to long-term career and education opportunities.
Works with Mentors and youth to develop an Individualized Service Plan to address areas for improvement; assists with employment placements for specific career goals.
Works with SGA leadership to develop and implement hiring events and job fairs for youth.
Works with other youth advocates, justice system representatives, etc. to help support youth remain in compliance of all mandates.
Works in collaboration within the targeted communities to cultivate relationships with local community resources.
Reaches out and re-engage youth that have inconsistent attendance, work with families to bring resources to the home, and connect with programs.
Conducts Home Visits.
Transporting students in vehicle to and from program related activities may be required.
Implements other services requested by SGA.
Supports employability skills training for all youth that will lead to gainful employment.
Develops relationships in the community and Chicago for worksite placement for youth, enrichment opportunities, and field trips.
Conducts required reports and data material to SGA such as the Employability and Life Skills Assessment.
Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB:
Bachelor’s Degree in social work, criminal justice or related field, preferred.
Experience working one on one with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
Experience working with teens and young adults, preferred.
Experience working in neighborhoods on Chicago’s south and west sides.
Experience working with individuals dealing with factors that put them at-risk of becoming victims of aggressive behavior.
Evening and weekend availability required.
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse families, various professionals and community groups.
Must be able to work independently.
Must be able to remain stationary 50% of the time.
Must be able to frequently move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
Occasionally ascends/descends stairs.
At times may be required to lift up to 25 lbs. for various classrooms and events needs.