Lead Youth Career Specialist

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Accepting applications until December 6, 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 Lead Youth Career Specialist will ensure quality career programming using the Jobs for America’s Graduates model (JAG) across multiple schools and re-engagement centers by working closely with the educators, site administrators and LEAP (Learn. Earn. Achieve. Potential) leaders. 

The Lead Youth Employment Specialist provides ongoing professional development and offers support to the educators by leading ongoing professional learning communities, monitoring and using data from the JAG database and using the coaching cycle with individual educators.  This position aligns employer engagement with the Hennepin County Workforce Innovation Board and aligns with the sector work and high demand career pathways.    

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the program implementation of Hennepin County’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) across multiple sites, both in school and out of school, including coordination with site Youth Employment Specialists and administrators on JAG program components and program needs.  Invest site staff in the LEAP vision, performance measures, and ensure alignment with the vision of the particular school/program.
  • Collaborate with Youth Employment Specialists to ensure quality and culturally appropriate instruction of the career competencies.  Engage Youth Employment Specialists in the coaching cycle to make improvements to practice and ensure alignment with the Hennepin County JAG program.
  • Lead training opportunities for new specialists, ensuring a strong foundation to launch the program.  Lead ongoing professional learning communities for the unique needs of in school and out of school programs. including training on the ENDMS. Use data (quantitative and qualitative) to shape professional development.
  • Build and nurture relationships with employers and professionals to build out key partnership with target sectors (healthcare, manufacturing, IT, construction, finance and public sector) with JAG programs to enable young people to explore new professionals and deepen their understanding of their own career pathway.  Develop and organize a system to recruit guest speakers into classrooms and arrange for tours of different industries. 
  • Lead the financial literacy program embedded in LEAP, including maintaining the Financial Action Tracker and Consumer Protection Bureau curriculum.  Serve as the liaison for national best practices professional learning circle.
  • Maintain the JAG database system (ENDMS) by ensuring Youth Employment Specialists are able to enter data accurately daily.  Support the continued investment in the database by ensuring Specialists and sites get regular reports on the progress of their young people and refine instructional approaches to match the data story.  Prepare reports for grant purposes.  Coordinate with the Data Analyst and Wilder Research for larger scale data reporting.
  • Enhance the status and perception of program and resolves problems by developing and maintaining effective working relationships with school administrators and community leaders, and by serving as liaison between sites and LEAP leaders. Assures the Assistant LEAP Director is informed on the status of each school partnership.
  • Share regular reports to the Youth Governing Board on the progress of the LEAP sites.  Listen and respond to the feedback of the Youth Governing Board through continual improvement of the LEAP program.  Continue to build the power and possibility of the Youth Governing Board.
  • Plan the signature LEAP events in collaboration with the Youth Governing Board and the other LEAP Youth Career Specialists.  Ensure broad community investment in the events to enhance young people’s ability to network and to raise the profile of the LEAP effort.
  • Responsible for quality assurance on all paperwork, monitor student files and reviews applications to ensure compliance with all Federal rules and regulations regarding other funding sources and manages student databases and special program/grant requirements.  Ensures programming is aligned with the JAG National accreditation standards.
  • Advocate for the program and enhances its visibility by participating in public relations activities, attending meetings, speaking to various community groups, and talking to legislators and business and industry leaders.  

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Education, Workforce Development, Business or a related field.
  • Experience working with young people aged (15-24) with multiple barriers (ideally young people who have been engaged in foster care, juvenile justice, foster care truancy, teen parents and/or young people experiencing homelessness.)
  • Experience writing culturally competent curriculum, formative, and summative assessments.
  • Experience planning and delivering professional learning of a diverse group of professionals.
  • Experience effectively working with multiple stakeholders and funders toward a common goal.
  • Must have a valid class D driver’s license, proof of current insurance, a good driving record as determined by our insurance carrier, and a reliable vehicle. The ability to pass a school site driving history and criminal background check.  

Preferred Qualification

  • Secondary Teaching License (5-12), English, Work Based Learning, or Social Studies License strongly preferred.
  • Master’s Degree in Education or Leadership.
  • Experience teaching career readiness curriculum, e.g. Job’s For America’s Graduates (JAG)
  • A strategic mindset.
  • Demonstrated ability to invest stakeholders from a variety of different viewpoints or organizations in a common mission and vision.
  • Experience of navigating complex systems (e.g., county systems and school systems).
  • Proven ability to work with a diverse groups and establish ongoing relationships.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit setting and/or an understanding of the mission and challenges of Project for Pride in Living.  

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: $45-55,000.00 /Year DOQ 

How to Apply: Qualified candidates can apply online 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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