Employment Specialist - Financial Services

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Accepting Applications until September 13th, 2019

Who We Are

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. When joining PPL, you become a part of a diverse team whose goal is to assist our residents and communities with the groundwork they need, not only to survive, but also to thrive. We are eager to welcome others to our team who are dedicated to serving our residents and pursuing our mission to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services.

Job Summary

The Employment Specialist is responsible for providing classroom-based instruction and employment coaching/ placement services to Train to Work Financial Services participants.  Provide classroom instruction to participants interested in gaining employment in the Banking/Finance sector. Provide case management, placement and retention services to ensure participant success after graduation. Assist participants with job preparedness skill building, follow-up services, career laddering, and other employment related activities to achieve and support PPL’s mission.

PPL strives to create long-term stability for the individuals in our communities. The most effective way to promote long-term self-reliance is by stabilizing the economics of a household. When we stabilize a household economically, we help set the stage for long-term success. Through PPL’s employment training programs, participants are able to build employment skills that will put them on the path to a career.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Train program participants on developing work readiness and life skills and provide ongoing one-on-one coaching and support.
  • Create and maintain the following paperwork: course syllabi, teaching schedules, room scheduling, guest speakers, program evaluations, daily participant evaluations, and curriculum manual and supplements.
  • Provide 12 months of one-on-one job placement and retention support for graduates.
  • Assist program graduates with finding employment by helping them to understand the application process.
  • Assist Employment Training team with program intake, assessments, and interviews, including making final candidate selections for programming.
  • Support recruitment and marketing outreach efforts by reviewing marketing materials, meeting regularly with team members, working with PPL business partners, and providing additional support as needed.
  • Maintain accurate and precise case notes for all participants, including reporting on graduates at specified intervals using various online databases such as CTK/apricot.
  • Complete an Individual Employment Plan for participants including placement verification documentation.
  • Provide on-going support and direction to participants in achieving work performance goals and handling problems as they arise, including providing intervention and referrals as needed.
  • Complete participant evaluations and performance reviews.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various business partners, educational facilities, area job training agencies, and other relevant referral or resource providers.
  • Coordinate job shadowing internships, computer lessons, financial literacy classes and mock interviewers.
  • Maintain professional communications with program participants, employers, and co-workers.
  • Effectively interface with established employer partners in order to grow and maintain employment relationships via phone, in-person, and/or email in order to secure job placements, internships, and/or training opportunities for graduates.
  • Work collaboratively with the Employment Training Manager, Income Support staff and Financial Coaches to successfully integrate financial literacy and coaching services.
  • Meet weekly with Employment Training Manager to provide status updates, consults, and reports as needed.
  • Assist with all Employment Training programs as needed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Strong desire to serve diverse cultures and adults with barriers.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Familiarity with employment services and training programs related to various industries.
  • Experience with facilitating/training workshops and/or crowds.

Minimum Technology Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required while using technology, equipment and systems.

  • Ability to use office equipment including telephone and voicemail system, copier, printer, fax machine and scanner
  • Ability to navigate database systems
  • Ability to use MS Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to navigate the internet, PPLnet (intranet) and electronic timecard system
  • Ability to navigate computer networks (files, drives, and folders)

Education and/or Experience

  • BA/BS degree in Human Services or related field.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in Employment Services and/or Finance Industry, or other related field.

Benefits: Benefits will include Health & Dental; Employer Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance, Employer Paid Life Insurance; Voluntary Life Insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA); PTO & Paid Holidays; “Summer Hours” shortened work hours on Fridays; 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match.

Salary: $19.23-$21.15/hr., DOQ

PPL is an EEO/AA employer. PPL participates in the federal E-verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the organization will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Location: Minneapolis, MN
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