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    Employment Specialist/Job Developer, Re-entry Program

    Title: Employment Specialist/Job Developer, Re-entry Program
    Reports to: Program Manager, Re-entry Program
    Employment Type: Full-time
    Work Location: Miami-Dade County
    Salary Range: $42,000-$45,000 (non-negotiable)


    Position Summary


    Employment Services and Job Placement are key components of Gang Alternative, Inc.’s Re-entry Project. The Job Developer/Employment Specialist will maintain responsibility for supporting participants in developing personal employment goals, improving employability skills and creating and executing career plans. Additionally, s/he is responsible for promoting and developing employment, work experience and on-the-job training opportunities for Gang Alternative, Inc.’s Re-entry Project which is funded by the Department of Labor. The goal of this project is to help justice-involved young adults (18-24 years old) in high-crime, high-poverty communities get better jobs and thus, greater family self-sufficiency by reducing barriers to securing and retaining jobs that pay a livable wage. The expected outcomes are consistent with increasing employability skills and employment placement via improved workplace preparedness, attainment of industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations in Broward County, as well as reduced criminogenic risks through mentorship and navigational case management.

    The Job Developer/Employment Specialist will demonstrate to employers the effectiveness and profitability of employing unemployed, underemployed as well as individuals that have less than desirable backgrounds by identifying jobs that workers can perform in, aligned with identified career pathways and labor market data. The Job Developer/Employment Specialist serves as a subject matter expert in Employability Skills Training and may participate in meetings and activities of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council activities as appropriate.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities


    • Assist in conducting outreach and in executing recruitment processes consistent with the program goals and objectives.
    • Assist in conducting participant intakes, eligibility verification and documentation according to funder and Gang Alternative, Inc.’s guidelines.
    • Administer multiple evidence-based assessments including Accusation, a soft skills assessment tool; Department of Labor’s O*NET Interest Pro­filer; and My Next Move to assess their occupational skills & interests.
    • Utilize assessment results to inform the development of the participants’ career plan which will take the form of the Individual Services Strategy Plan (ISSP) and which will include employability skills, interests, and identified career pathways.
    • Provide guidance and monitor individual participant employment and career development activities as outlined in the ISSPs in order to track progress of their progress toward attainment of identified employment goals.
    • Deliver employability skills training and provide career guidance and mentorship to participants as needed.
    • Performs strategic planning for marketing to targeted industries and assigned high-demand occupation business zones.
    • Meets goals as outlined in Employment Service Plan(s).
    • Initiates and maintains ongoing personal contact with a variety of business and industry representatives as well as job placement/training agencies to promote programs for participant placement.
    • Regularly engages in employer site visits, contacting businesses throughout Broward County to market Gang Alternative, Inc.
    • Identify and engage potential employers; explaining the benefits and employment support services provided by Gang Alternative, Inc.’s Re-entry Program.
    • Research websites, newspapers, agency postings and other resources for job leads.
    • Locate jobs for participants who have successfully completed training programs.
    • Collect data from employers related to job orders including job requirements and skills.
    • Match job skills with applicant qualifications; refers qualified applicants to employers and conducts necessary follow-up when applicants are placed in position
    • Keep updated regarding job fairs and Internet resources.
    • Participate in outreach and recruitment activities by coordinating and attending job fairs.
    • Assist in surveying employer satisfaction with current level of service and obtain information about future needs or requests for service improvement.
    • Assist participants in assessing their job skills for positions.
    • Instruct in job seeking, application procedures, resume writing, interview preparation and job retention.
    • Work with participants in preparing job search portfolios.
    • Provides job search/career information workshops and presentations.
    • Arranges for interviews.
    • Provides labor market and community resources information.
    • Monitor participant performance on the job and counsel participants if job performance is not satisfactory.
    • Work with participants to improve job performance and gain necessary job skills or reviews other employment options.
    • Maintain contact with employers during the participants’ employment and reports results to appropriate staff.
    • Accurately track, input data, and maintain comprehensive case files (physical and electronic) for participants.
    • Conduct frequent one-on-one participant and group sessions.
    • Support the coordination and facilitation of the Employer Advisory Committee.
    • Prepares forms and reports related to placement activities and prepare other reports, as required, for submission to funder and other partners via Program Manager.
    • Build and maintain key relationships within participants.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Collaborate with the business community for appropriate job placement activities.
    • Serves as an Ambassador of Gang Alternative, Inc.’s Re-entry Program.
    • Implement employability skills training and job placement with performance excellence and contract compliance. 


    Qualifications and Competencies


    • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration or related degree preferred.
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience in delivering employability training.
    • Demonstrated experience in workforce development, recruiting, business development, marketing or any combination of training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties as describe
    • Demonstrated experience working with diverse, at-risk youth, including but not limited to justice-involved youth, the unemployed, and underemployed.
    • Strong leadership, organizational and analytical skills.
    • Ability to organize, plan, and manage multiple tasks.
    • Ability to manage time efficiently and meet deadlines.
    • Self-reliant, good problem solver, and results-oriented.
    • Ability to work with individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic and social groups.
    • Ability to build and maintain relationships and partnerships; maintain confidentiality, professionalism and maturity in handling sensitive information, participant interaction and community relations.
    • Knowledge of methods for job development, local labor market trends and employment opportunities.
    • Knowledge of the Broward County employment sector landscape.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills; a collaborative, team-oriented approach.
    • Ability to work with and engage individuals of diverse backgrounds.
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
    • Must possess a proficiency working with Microsoft Office Suite and the ability to successfully navigate through the Internet, excel, power point, and other applicable software.
    • Skill to communicate ideas and instructions clearly and concisely.
    • Skill to coordinate with other staff, departments, officials, agencies, organizations, and the public.
    • This position will require occasional independent travel between headquarters and training and meeting venues.  Must maintain valid driver’s license and insurance coverage on personal vehicle at all times during employment.
    • Performing the duties of this position requires the ability to walk, sit, stand, reach, talk, hear and lift presentation materials, including equipment.


    • This position may require independent travel between workstation and other sites. Consequently, the incumbent must maintain valid Driver’s License and insurance coverage on personal vehicle at all times during employment.
    • Performing the duties of this position requires the ability to walk, sit, stand, reach, talk, hear and lift presentation materials, including equipment.

    Gang Alternative, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.




    This is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of a highly-effective nonprofit program. Gang Alternative, Inc. will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary, health, 403b and vacation benefits.

    Gang Alternative, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.




    This position shall have access to information in a personnel and client’s record only to the extent that such information is required to carry out job duties.  Any information obtained will only be used by or disclosed to those who have a need to know to ensure the provision of quality client care. Staff and client information’s is to be held strictly confidential.

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