Workforce Development Specialist

Full-time
BronxWorks
Description

BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, we feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors to build a stronger community. In all aspects of our work, we strive for the highest ethical and performance standards and guided by the belief that people are to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their present situation or past experiences. We have 37 locations throughout the borough providing a variety of programs that offer assistance in the areas of family, children and youth support, educational services, elder care, homelessness, mental health, and workforce development. We are an employer of choice for anyone interested in a meaningful career in the social services field.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Development and maintain a comprehensive network of education, training, economic development and other supportive services for Section 8 subsidy holders with New York City Housing Preservation & Development office. 
  • The candidate will work with FSS participants in their efforts to reach self-sufficiency goals by creating person-centered education and employment related goals and objectives that are clear, measurable, realistic and timely. Plans are to be created by identifying motivation and desires in participants while identifying and mitigating barriers to success.  
  • Provides education and employment readiness needs assessments and develops individualized Education & Employment plans congruent with participant needs, preferences, goals and readiness
  • Provides career counseling, employment skills readiness training, and other activities related to employment readiness in group and individual modalities.
  • Identifies educational, vocational and job readiness programs and resources and makes referrals.
  • Develops educational and employment initiatives including, but not limited to peer internship program, individual and group tutoring, mentoring and job coaching from resources in the community
  • Develops liaisons with educational, vocational and supportive employment providers.
  • Develops employment opportunities for participants by establishing linkages and relationships with potential employers in the community.
  • Works with employers and educational institutions to promote employment accommodations for participants, according to participant need.
  • Provides support and coaching to assist participants engaged in educational, employment or employment readiness activities to improve behaviors, interpersonal skills, and work ethics necessary to maintain employment
  • Assures monitoring and documentation of participant progress by developing and maintaining tracking and progress reports related to placement and retention.
  • Establishes a database of training and placement resources.
  • Attends in-service training as requested by supervisory
  • And other duties as assigned 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study is required. 
  • A minimum of 1-3 years social service experience with a workforce program is a plus.
  • Strong customer service aptitude and focus.
  • Bilingual language proficiency is a plus.
  • Section 8 or other rental subsidy experience is a plus.
  • Engaging personality and detailed orientated skills are essential.
  • Strong oral and written communication, time management and organizational skills are necessary.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and other standard business technology is required. 

BronxWorks seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. BronxWorks is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This commitment applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and employee development, placement, promotion, demotion, upgrading, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact hrbenefits@bronxworks.org.