Career Advocate - Reentry (Full Time)



DESCRIPTION:

 

Within the boundaries of federal, state, local, and agency regulations, the Career Advocate will work with individuals who are currently or have previously been involved in the justice system to improve their employment outcomes. The Career Advocate will recruit and orient individuals, conduct one-on-one and group counseling sessions, help place participants into training or employment, make referrals to appropriate support services, collaborate with other program staff to provide comprehensive services, and maintain necessary documentation.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

  1. Conduct outreach and recruit eligible participants into the program
  2. Maintain a caseload of 30 to 35 participants
  3. Administer and score risk assessment and other relevant educational and employment assessments upon participant intake;
  4. Maintain contacts with individuals on caseload through telephone calls, home visits, etc.;
  5. Develop Individual Employment Plans with each youth, review and revise these plans monthly to reflect changes in participants’ employment, academic, and/or personal situation;
  6. Counsel on an individual and/or group basis as necessary to assess participants' needs, encourage pro-social behaviors and positive relationships with children and family; and identify available support services;
  7. Coordinate and conduct cognitive behavioral programming to reduce recidivism of participants;
  8. Advocate for participants by contacting agencies, support service providers and other resources, which will assist clients in obtaining required services and other advocacy needs;
  9. Establish and maintain rapport with appropriate referral organizations by monitoring referrals;
  10. Develop and implement job readiness classes and other courses in career development within the program;
  11. Link participants to relevant occupational training programs;
  12. Expose participants to in-demand careers within the Rochester area;
  13. Work with the Job Developer and local employers to place participants into relevant training, work experience opportunities, and/or employment placements;
  14. Monitor and support participants once placed into occupational training or employment;
  15. Provide classroom supervision and tutoring to participants during TASC classes as needed;
  16. Complete data entry on an online system to track participant progress and program implementation;
  17. If eligible and trained, transport participants  by agency van to training classes and other program activities;
  18. Keep current, accurate and complete records for each case and submit information to the Director in a timely manner to ensure deadlines are met;
  19. Participate in staff orientation and training;
  20. Submit a monthly report to Program Director that details job readiness and placement services delivered to participants;
  21. Attend Urban League of Rochester events;
  22. Perform such other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor.

 


QUALIFICATIONS:

 

  • Bachelor's degree in counseling, social work, education, public administration, or related social science field is required.
  • At least one year of experience in a related area, including administrative and employment experience is preferred.
  • Ability to relate to, communicate with, and work with a diverse population and understand the issues relating to such population.
  • Ability to relate well with others, a team player with a positive attitude.
  • Assertive with the ability to communicate effectively with trainees and employers.
  • Ability to tolerate and handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner
  • Able to provide own transportation. Valid New York State Driver’s License with clean abstract
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, when required.
  • Competency with Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel (Spreadsheets, forms, etc.); and ability to produce required documentation.
  • Must be customer service oriented.
  • Must be able to tolerate and handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner.
  • Knowledge of available community resources a plus.