At Greyston, we create thriving communities through the practice and promotion of Open Hiring, which means we provide employment opportunities to people regardless of their background or work history, while offering them the support necessary both to succeed in the workplace and to thrive in the community. With our history as a social justice pioneer, Greyston is recognized as one of the country’s leading social enterprises that provides individuals opportunities for employment. Our philosophy fuels community development and a commitment to human growth and potential. With tremendous interest in socially responsible business and the massive economic dysfunction driven by poverty, recidivism and a lack of job opportunities for people with barriers.
Greyston is poised to capitalize on these factors by launching the Greyston Employment Opportunity Center as a focal point for generating and measuring social innovative impact.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Career Specialist assists clients in developing vocational training and
job placement goals reflective of their skills, capabilities, and/or interests. Manages client progress towards achieving goals by creating and updating training plans and identifying career opportunities.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS
- Creates educational/vocational individual training plans for clients seeking to enter, or to upgrade in, the workforce.
- Assists clients in training registration process.
- Guide clients through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and ongoing employment retention.
- Provides individualized follow-along supports to assist clients in maintaining employment.
- Provides frequent supports during the first month of a new job and at least monthly after working steadily as desired by clients.
- Conducts at least twenty employer contacts with hiring managers each week to learn about business and employer needs, to talk about specific clients who are looking for work and/or talk about employer services offered by Greyston.
- Conduct job development and job search activities directed toward positions that are consistent with local high demand positions.
- Maintain a minimum caseload of 100 adults with self-identified interest in employment.
- Maintains complete, accurate and timely case notes and related records in manual and/or electronic systems according to policies and procedures.
- Maintains a working knowledge of data collection systems. Daily data entry to capture client success.
- Networks and establishes working relationships with local and regional employers.
- Prepares periodic written reports both, qualitative and quantitative.
- Actively recruits and conducts community client outreach.
- Cultivates relationships with external Human Resources Manager and business owners to promote the hiring of clients.
- Records all employer contacts and services in the data system, and completes all required data entry systems.
- Maintains contact with employers during the hiring process: identifies job seekers not hired and reason, and works with the client to improve employment competitiveness.
- Contacts employers after clients are hired to ensure job retention and advancement.
- Works with internal and external groups to organize recruitment and hiring events.
- Contributes to the attainment of performance measures.
- Identifies area employers with current or potential job openings and sets up interview for program participants.
- Markets program services and job seekers to employers.
- Contributes to the team effort by achieving job placement goals/benchmarks.
- Assumes other duties as required.
- Ability to work with and place clients with “barriers to employment”.
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE
- Bachelor’s degree in related field or a satisfactory equivalent of education and experience preferred.
- Strong communication skills.
- Knowledge about community resources and demographics served.
- Ability to work and related to diverse populations.
- Ability to recruit, engage and retain clients from marginalized populations.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Must be computer literate with MS Word and Excel skills as minimum.
- Ability to learn specialized databases and software systems.
- Greyston is committed to creating equitable employment opportunities for all individuals. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.