Organization Name: Chicago House & Social Service Agency
Position Title: Career Specialist
Schedule: Full time, 40 hours per week
Position Category: Direct Services
Chicago House and Social Service Agency serves individuals and families by providing housing, employment services, medical linkages, HIV prevention services, and other supportive services to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity. All Chicago House services are provided without discrimination and are explicitly designed to guide people towards wholeness and self-sufficiency. Chicago House is seeking a Career Specialist to work with the Employment Program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Manage an assigned caseload of participants disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, poverty, homelessness and/or gender nonconformity
- Assess prospective participants’ ability to become employed and, in cooperation with participants, develop an initial work plan that identifies personal and career goals.
- Provide career counseling and assist in the development of short/long term employment goals.
- Coordinate referrals to related supportive services, including benefits counseling, housing, mental health services, substance use services, medical services, etc.
- Assist participants with job search, interview, resume and cover letter writing skill development.
- Evaluate and monitor program participants' progress towards completing employment preparation components and achieving career goals.
- Meet at least weekly with program participants to review and monitor progress towards completing short-term and long-term goals identified in work plans and revise work plans when appropriate.
- Co-facilitate job club to assist participants in taking positive steps towards educational and vocational goals.
- Co-facilitate monthly job readiness workshops.
- Serve as the intake coordinator for the program.
- Prepare and send out weekly job leads.
- Implement post-employment services aimed at supporting job maintenance and retention.
- Coordinate services between external providers, participant and other Employment staff to promote collaboration and to advocate on behalf of participant, as needed.
- Maintain record keeping procedures which include writing daily case notes on participants' progress, participants’ employment status and completing monthly reports.
- Update required data on a timely basis within the Access and Client Track database.
- Assist Managers and Director of Employment Services in preparation for program reports as well as program audits conducted by government contractors.
- Attend Chicago House staff meetings and group supervision meetings, as required.
- Establish networking linkages with other agencies.
- Represent Chicago House at meetings and functions addressing workforce development issues, and employment and retention issues. Represent Chicago House at contractor meetings and at other community meetings when applicable.
- Travel throughout the Chicagoland area as needed.
Contact Person: James Henderson, Corporate and Community Manager
Phone: 773/248-5200 ext. 386 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org