Website Urban League Of Metropolitan Seattle
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is seeking qualified applicants for the position(s) of Career Bridge Job Developer.
About the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS)
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with 82 years of activism and community experience in the heart of Seattle’s Central District. The League has historically focused its community work in the areas of education, employment, health and housing with a focus on Seattle’s disenfranchised African-American community. As economic cycles created large disparities in our class system, prison and high school drop-out rates for communities of color rose and neighborhoods suffered from gentrification. The Urban League is committed to working with Seattle’s communities to face these challenges head on. The ULMS also recognizes that communities of color share many similar struggles including but not limited to institutional racism, classism, gender and LGBT discrimination. The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is committed to working across the board with diverse communities in order to help make Seattle a more equitable and prosperous place to live.
About Career Bridge
Career Bridge began in 2012, following a spate of gun violence and deaths in Seattle. Career Bridge was initially developed and piloted as a collaborative effort between the City of Seattle and community partners to address the disproportionate rates of violence and trauma research showed to be experienced by men of color, particularly African American men.Career Bridge was created to connect African-American men and other men of color who experience multiple barriers to employment, education and training with jobs, and other necessary support. Originally managed jointly by the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and Human Services Department, Career Bridge was developed through an ongoing partnership with community sponsors and supporters (a network of formal and informal groups with strong ties and existing relationships within the community). This innovative and community-driven model recognizes and builds on the strengths of existing community networks. Strong personal relationships, grassroots implementation and participant empowerment through shared leadership and accountability differentiate Career Bridge from other services provided to its target population.Career Bridge was piloted in late 2012 through the end of 2013. In its first year, the project focused on African American men who faced multiple barriers, including former incarceration, limited work history, and low levels of education. In late 2013, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS) was selected through an open and competitive process to administer the continued implementation, development and potential expansion of the original Career Bridge Program model.The Career Bridge Program model brings together workforce training, social services, as well as grassroots community support networks in order to provide a relevant and comprehensive approach to assist participants attain the abilities and skills needed to achieve short-term economic and personal stability. Using a cohort model, individuals enter and progress through Career Bridge as a group. Participants benefit from the mutual motivation, encouragement and collaborative learning that occurs within a cohort model. Participants’ peers also become an important part of their network of support.The Career Bridge components include:
- Community Sponsors and Supporters: A key element of Career Bridge is the expectation that participants are referred by people who are well acquainted with them and committed to ongoing mentoring, leadership development, and problem solving support throughout the process.
- Wrap-Around Support: Career Bridge recognizes the importance of and therefore helps facilitate participant’s connection to resources to address basic needs (i.e. food, transportation, housing, etc.), wrap services (i.e. childcare, utility assistance, etc.) and unsolved trauma (i.e. healthy relationships, mental health, substance use/abuse, etc.).
- Employment & Career Training & Assistance: Career Bridge incorporates assistance with job readiness, job search, training, and labor market information. The program model facilitates ongoing assistance with job placement and connections to training needed for good-paying jobs that provide a pathway to long-term careers.
The desired Career Bridge programmatic outcomes include:
- Transitional Employment and Planning
- Job placement and retention in a transitional job
- Development of a plan for entering training or taking other steps to careers with livable wages, benefits, and future career opportunities.
- Pathway to Upward Mobility – Career Paths
- Enrollment in existing post-secondary training programs
- Placement in a job that leads to a career path
- Clear plan for steps needed to achieve economic success
- Training or work that leads to/provides opportunities for entrepreneurship (e.g. skilled trades)
- Viable connections/networks – Access to networks and connections needed to obtain employment (i.e. linkages to informal hiring networks).
- Personal and Family Stability and Empowerment
- Child and family reunification/healthy relationships
- Enhanced participant leadership abilities, confidence and empowerment
- Debt management, financial planning and connection to related resources
- Housing stability
Overall goals for Career Bridge include the attainment of personal stability, supports and skills needed for improved well-being of participants, their families and communities. In addition to these individual-level goals, Career Bridge seeks to affect community-level change as well as to advocate for policy and system change.
Under the guidance and direction of the Career Bridge Program Manager, the Career Bridge Job Developer is responsible for providing job development services for Career Bridge in order to address the needs of a multi-barriered population (many with criminal histories in need of career direction). This position works closely with participants, community organizations, and with employers who have hired and will hire people with criminal histories and will perform other duties as assigned.Compensation: A base salary of $18.00-$22 per hour depending on experience based on a forty (40) hour week plus the ULMS benefits package.
Position Type: The Career Bridge Job Developer is a Full Time non-exempt position, not to exceed forty (40) hours per week.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Program Support
- Assists with intake appointments for recruits interested in job search.
- Facilitates enrollment in the job readiness training.
- Assesses participant job readiness (personal challenges, employment, and education history).
- Develops an individual employment plan (IEP) with each participant upon completion of the job readiness training.
- Updates the IEP as goals and challenges change.
- Provides ongoing assessment of a client’s suitability for employment in the targeted industry including work skills, work behaviors, abilities, interests, aptitudes, and support needs.
- Responsible for acquiring and maintaining current and relevant knowledge of labor market.
- Maintains participant case files including weekly case notes, job search and support service documents, all which detail participant’s progress in securing employment.
- Connects participants to community agencies to assist with resources and referrals. Assist participants with minor support services (such as bus tickets).
- Support the development of Apprenticeship program with an emphasis on telecommunications.
Job Development and Employer Services
- Builds sustainable relationships with current and potential employers through a range of marketing activities (telephone, field visits, job fairs, email, social networking, etc.).
- Manages time and performance by meeting and documenting weekly/monthly targets for prospecting employers, new employer appointments, job starts, verifications and follow-ups with employers.
- Identifies vocations and employers who have and/or will hire participants with criminal histories.
- Encourages employer engagement in Career Bridge, Apprenticeship program and ULMS activities.
- Guides participants through all employment processes, including applications, interviewing and employer follow up.
- Helps with resume and cover letters and conducts interview practice with the participant.
- Holds daily, in-person or phone consultations with participants to encourage, coach, and contribute additional job leads as necessary.
- Assists the participant in securing appropriate employment.
Contacts participants on a weekly basis post-placement (up to a year) to gauge employment success. Strategizes barrier abatement, when needed, to help participant maintain employment.
- Tracks promotions, wage increases, job loss and assists with re-employment, if necessary.
- Provides regular updates (via phone, email and memo) to sponsoring organizations, program manager, City of Seattle and employers.
- Maintains database to measure attainment of program goals.
- Responsible for demonstrating cultural competency and sensitivity to the needs of adults with multiple challenges and Veterans.
- Other duties, as assigned.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Communications, or related field (or equivalent experience).
- 2 -3 years experience in sales, marketing, job development or related field with proven track record of success.
- Experience researching current and relevant labor market data at local, state, and federal levels.
- Acquaintance with the local employment market and community resources.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including proven ability to interact with a wide variety of audiences.
- Advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
- Direct experience in working with previously incarcerated individuals including knowledge of re-entry systems, barriers, and services for reducing recidivism.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Standard office environment at Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, 105 – 14th Avenue Suite 200, Seattle, Washington 98122. Evening and weekend work may be required.
Recruitment Process : Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter detailing your background and describing how you meet or exceed the requirements of the position via Indeed.
This selection process may include but may not be limited to: evaluation of application materials and interviewing. Selected candidates will be required to participate in interview(s) as scheduled.(Note: If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with ULMS.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until Filled
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $18.00 to $22.00 /hour
- Seattle, WA
- High school or equivalent
- recruiting: 1 year
- working with individuals with barriers: 1 year
- working with diverse populations (people of color): 1 year
- job development: 2 years
- marketing and/or sales: 2 years