Youth Career Specialist

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Accepting Applications until December 6th, 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.

Primary Duties:

The Youth Career Specialist serves as a youth apprenticeship coordinator, working with interested young people across the 11 LEAP (Learn. Earn. Achieve. Potential) sites to connect them to appropriate youth apprenticeships or youth career pathways.  This position will require some teaching of the Northstar Digital Assessment and/or National Retail Federation Certificate, as well as providing wrap around employment support in coordination with the site LEAP practitioners.

As a core part of preparing young people for careers, the Youth Career Specialist will take the lead on supporting young people in LEAP to apply to have their juvenile records expunged.  This position will also be the lead in our organizing efforts to expand the use of juvenile expungement throughout Hennepin County.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development

  • Using the Partnership for Advancing Youth Apprenticeships (PAYA) principles of career-oriented, equitable, portable, adaptable, and accountable develop the ramp-up and execution of youth apprenticeships.
  • Conduct intake, informational sessions, and orientation for all youth apprenticeships
  • Collaborate with the Lead Career Specialist and LEAP (Learn. Earn. Achieve. Potential) Specialists to identify participants for youth apprenticeships.  Provide tailored supports to ensure entry into appropriate apprenticeships.
  • Refine and create new culturally competent lessons to be used in competency based workshops that align with industry recognized credential, such as the National Retail Federation (NRF) certificate or Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment.
  • Lead the LEAP Internship program in compliance with HR.  Ensure proper paperwork is completed and internship stipends are paid.
  • Maintain required data in the appropriate databases to tell the story of the work.

 Young People Supports: 

  • Provide 1:1 job retention services for young people completing youth apprenticeships.  This includes monthly calls and/or face-to-face meetings.
  • Provide intervention and referrals to participants on work-related issues.
  • Provide ongoing support for participants in their paid internships.  Reinforce connection between LEAP skills and work practices.
  • Maintain accurate case notes for all participants, including reporting at specified intervals using various online databases such JAG and Workforce One.


  • Collaborate with young people and their designated support team to develop a plan to work toward expungement.
  • Work with young people to support them through the expungement process.
  • Maintain case notes and data on young people engaged in the expungement process.
  • Collaborate with external partners to elevate the process of juvenile expungement in Hennepin County and lead events and activities to increase the number of young people applying for juvenile expungement.


  • Meet regularly with LEAP Associate Director to provide updates, consults and reports as needed.
  • Use effective communication strategies to keep stakeholders engaged and deepen the work.
  • Assist in coordinating and implementing events that promote youth apprenticeships in the region.
  • Participate in LEAP Professional Learning Communities and other appropriate Education meetings as needed.
  • Participate in various PPL committees/meetings as needed.
  • Integrate youth voice in the design and launch of the Suburban LEAP sites youth governance structure. 
  • Integrate youth voice in the design and launch of the Suburban LEAP sites youth governance structure.
  • Support the development of adults to receive and respond to youth voice.
  • Maintain strong communication between adult stakeholders and young leaders.
  • Develop and facilitate professional learning conversations for Youth Employment Specialists.
  • Increased positive feedback from both young people and school staff on the Career & Leadership Conference
  • Collects and accurately interprets, utilizes and reports young adult data as connected to voice, power, and direction to all stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the juvenile expungement work in the LEAP network.
  • Participates in professional learning communities with other LEAP practitioners.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or directed.                                      


  • BA/BS degree in related field (additional experience may substitute for education).
  • GCDF certification or teacher license strongly preferred, but not required
  • 2+ years’ experience in Education or Employment Services or other closely
  • related field.  Experience with opportunity youth preferred.
  • Bilingual preferred, but not required.
  • Strong desire to serve young adults with employment barriers and diverse cultures.
  • Knowledge of community programs and resources for participants with barriers to employment.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Strong computer and database skills/willingness to learn these skills.
  • Self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member.
  • Reliable transportation.                                                                                                   

Supervisory Responsibilities: This person will not be responsible for supervision of employees.   

Benefits: 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; 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match.

Salary: $18.27-20.19 /hour

How to Apply: Qualified candidates can apply with a cover letter and resume. 

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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