Career & Housing Specialist - NAZ Partnership

Minneapolis, MN

Accepting Applications until filled. 

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 person-centered approach to services ensures individuals and families receive the housing and ecosystem of support they need to achieve greater stability now and for the next generation. We are eager to welcome new team members 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. PPL strives to be an equitable and inclusive organization committed to elevating the voices of the communities we serve that are disproportionately affected by systemic inequities.

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) exists to permanently close the achievement gap and end generational poverty in North Minneapolis. NAZ and partner organizations walk side-by-side with low-income families as they put their children on a path to college. NAZ has a game-changing approach that is closing the achievement gap. NAZ’s wraparound framework effectively supports low-income children of color so that they will graduate from high school prepared for college.

Job Summary:

PPL's Employment Training division is growing and is seeking a talented Career & Housing Specialist-NAZ Partnership to join the team! The Career & Housing Specialist will be responsible for providing employment placement, retention, and career laddering services to NAZ families.  This role will also serve as a support to our Housing team and participate in the adult basic education and post-secondary education system to access resources and services that promote academic advancement. The Housing & Employment Specialist- NAZ partnership will collaborate closely with the NAZ staff and partners.

This role is an excellent opportunity for a personable entry-level to mid-level professional with solid communication skills who enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds, identities, and life experiences. Apply if this position sounds fun and aligns with your career goals; we will love to talk to you.    


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Develop trusting relationships with NAZ families and provide “high touch” support and resources by integrating empowerment principles, training, and strategies into their work with families.
  • Act as a link between families, other NAZ staff, and partners to ensure effective collaboration and monitor progress towards goals.  Collaborate positively and effectively with NAZ Family Achievement Coaches, who refer families to the Employment Specialist. Keep Family Achievement Coaches informed about family achievements and work with them to track progress toward family goals.
  • Develop individualized employment, education, and financial goal plans with families on caseloads.
  • Provide employment coaching, placement, retention, and career laddering services to NAZ families.
  • Assist families with resume writing, interviewing, job search, and other employment-related activities.
  • Refer and enroll families in career training programs in the community. (HIRED, Twin Cities Rise, etc.)
  • Help families navigate the post-secondary education system for educational resources and services such as, but not limited to, financial aid, academic counseling, career exploration, and student support services.
  • Develop a household budget and assist in connecting families to financial services and working partnership with PPL Financial Coaches/ Financial Empowerment.
  • Cross-train with Housing Specialists to complete intakes and provide coordinated services to families.
  • Maintain timely and accurate case notes and program activities for all case files including paper files and online databases; Apricot, Workforce One (WF1), and NAZ database.
  • Help participants navigate transportation needs, including access to bus or gas cards and driving residents to appointments in personal or PPL vehicles.
  • Make referrals for participants for use of Microgrant funds regarding business plans, vehicle purchase or repair, etc. that fall under the Microgrant guidelines.
  • Develop individualized housing goal plans with families on caseload.
  • Assist families with identifying their housing preferences and needs, and helping them resolve barriers to improve access to resources such as Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, private landlords, rental assistance, emergency funds, security deposits, moving costs, furnishings, homeownership, etc.
  • Be the point person for all incoming NAZ referrals and distribute referrals from the NAZ database to prospective Housing/Employment Specialists.
  • Support CTEP staff and work within house & partnered housing participants seeking employment/employment resources.
  • Enroll Career Works interested participants in Career Works (WIOA Adult Program).
  • Provide Case Management for enrolled Career Works participants that have been referred from the NAZ referral program.
  • Staff will be housed at 800 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis (CareerForce Center). 


Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Human Services, Sociology, Social Work, or related field.
  • 2 years of experience coordinating community services for families; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with career and/or finance in low-income communities is strongly preferred.
  • A devotion and ability to build close relationships with families, and the ability to motivate them through positive interviewing, feedback, and reinforcement. Knowledge of Twin Cities’ workforce development and MFIP program preferred.
  • Knowledge of North Minneapolis and the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with NAZ families.
  • Possess strong time management and documentation skills as well as written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently as well as work collaboratively.
  • Strong knowledge of community programs and resources, and the post-secondary education system.
  • Experience in job readiness activities with economically disadvantaged populations.
  • Strong commitment to an expectation that children growing up in north Minneapolis can succeed in academics and college.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and boundaries in all interactions with residents, staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and ability to pass a motor vehicle background check

 A detailed job description is available upon request or selection to the next phase of the hiring process. 


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not supervise others.


Benefits: We know that employee health and well-being matters, so take care of yourself with PPL-sponsored health & dental insurance, employer-paid short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and paid parental leave.  Voluntary life insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA.) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA); PTO & Paid Holidays. 403(b) retirement plans with employer match; well-being programs, summer half-day Fridays; and an impactful presence in an organization that makes a difference in many lives.


Salary/Wages: $42,000-$45,000.00/yr., D.O.Q.


Flexibility for some remote work is available during COVID-19, but you may need to go on-site from time to time. Safety measures are in place at all PPL sites.


Application Process: 

Qualified candidates can apply online via this link Include a cover letter and resume. 

The hiring process includes phone screens and virtual/ in-person interviews, references, and background checks for final candidates. PPL strives to be an equitable and inclusive organization committed to elevating the voices of the communities we serve that are disproportionately affected by systemic inequities. Persons of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 


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

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