The Youth Career Coach represents JVS-SoCal in the community and seeks opportunities to expand partnerships and opportunities for In-School and Out-of-School Youth. This position assists youth to build confidence and increase employability skills.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
- Must meet weekly, quarterly, and yearly program goals.
- Provides professional and skilled assessments, career guidance, resume assistance and employment preparation services to candidates.
- Updates agency database, Upload eligibility documents to the Cal-jobs portal and provides client tracking reports to management.
- Will work directly with youth identified as “at-risk” and “high risk” youth high needs ages 14 – 24 years of age.
- Ability to work as part of a team and independently to reach Agency stated objectives and goals.
- Will represent the Agency at public events and be open to working some evenings and weekends.
- Will conduct cold calls and develop new job leads for assigned clients.
- Will conduct presentations and assist job seeker and job readiness skills.
- Be able to facilitate the Los Angeles Performance Partnership Pilot (LAP3) meetings for the Antelope Valley AJCC’s.
- Develops and updates Individual Service Plans as per the requirements of the WIOA funded Youth Program in order to guide participant workforce services, including employment placement both subsidized and unsubsidized.
- Will obtain employment verifications and provide client progress notes and data for case files.
- Conducts orientations for participants in accordance with program requirements of the WIOA and funded Youth Program.
- Guides participants towards the acquisition of skills and credentials including tracking attendance, supporting career interests, and responding to barriers to success.
- Performs other record keeping and participant case file management including case file compliance, case notes, performance outcomes, activities, supportive services, incentives, stipends, and participant internship payroll.
- Coordinates and tracks referrals for needs such as housing supports, mental/behavioral health services, participant identification, food stamps and other public benefits.
- Develops external community resources and education regarding sexual health/family planning, financial literacy/banking, and other needed services for participants to ensure success towards meeting goals.
- Facilitate individual assessment, case planning; vocational/educational activities, and outcomes planning; Implement individual service plans (ISP).
- Develop Individualized Employment Plan (IEP) and Individual Service Strategy (ISS).
- Provide individual and group instruction in employment readiness, job search and retention skills.
- Conduct outreach and recruitment for eligible clients.
- Assist in the development of client educational pathways via collaborations with vocational training providers that lead to post-secondary credentials in high growth industries.
- Facilitate additional programs and duties designed by Division Deputy Director or Supervisor to achieve success of programs and meet JVS-SoCal mission.
- Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, Psychology, Sociology or related field, or 60 units of college credit, or equivalent experience.
- At least 1 year of related working experience with high-risk, at risk, probation, foster care, and/or low-income youth and/or parents.
- Experience working with diverse communities.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail in documentation.
- Must have passion for youth and a zeal for seeing them succeed.
- Experience making cold calls and developing new job leads for assigned clients, a plus.
- Ability to work in a team environment and independently, meet deadlines, meet performance and encourage others to excel.
- Candidate must have experience building successful working relationships with a diverse range of individuals and ability to research, process and organize a variety of information applicable to youth services.
- Responsible for cultivating for-profit and non-profit relationships with employment hiring departments to place youth candidates.
- Proficiency in Window/Microsoft Office environment; occasionally work evenings and weekends.
- Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Education, Psychology, Sociology or related field Bilingual in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, or Spanish.
- Experience with group facilitation, & group presentations & case management.
- Sensitivity and awareness for youth culture, diversity, and youth inclusion concepts including the principles and practices of youth development.
- Experience working with youth and/or young adults in an education, workforce, or social service setting preferred.
- Knowledge of CalJOBS preferred.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
Must be able to operate standard office equipment. Some lifting and carrying of files and significant fine finger dexterity. The job requires 50% sitting, 30% walking and 20% standing. This job is performed in a clean and healthy office environment.
JVS SoCal is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
About JVS SoCal:
Founded in 1931, JVS-SoCal is a nonprofit, non-sectarian social service agency, providing job training, career services, mentoring and placement assistance to diverse and multicultural populations, transforming lives and empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. JVS SoCal currently serves 40,000 to 50,000 clients annually at over 20 locations throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.