Career Specialist

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.

Job Summary:

PPL is looking for a talented, people-person dedicated to serving the community, with strong communication and collaboration skills to join its CareerWorks/WIOA Program. CareerWorks/WIOA is a federally funded program geared to help individuals seek employment or training in growing industries. These trainings are short-term programs approved by grants to help individuals attain certification in approved sectors. This position is located at PPL’s offices at 800 W. Broadway. The Career Specialist works closely with PPL and CareerForce staff to provide valuable individualized career counseling services for adults looking to improve, update, or gain new employment skills.  

Responsibilities include assisting with recruitment and outreach, identifying participant eligibility, enrollment, 1:1 coaching and providing wrap-around support services to participants. The Career Specialist assists with participant goal development and achievement by supporting participants with soft skills, including interviewing, resume building, and financial empowerment. This position may also facilitate workshops and class cohorts.  

Job Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Provide individualized career counseling services for adults looking to improve, update, or gain new employment skills with an active caseload of approximately 45 people.
  • Support career pathways by facilitating classroom workshops and/or cohorts aimed at enhancing marketable skills of participants; availability to work occasional evening hours is required.
  • Conduct intakes, orientations, and/or informational sessions for potential participants.
  • Provide 1:1 job retention services for participants placed through employment services.This includes monthly calls and/or face-to-face meetings.
  • Attend partner meetings and provide program updates.
  • Provide intervention and referrals to participants on work-related issues.
  • Maintain accurate and timely case notes for all participants, including reporting as specified intervals using the Workforce One database.
  • Meet weekly with Manager to provide updates, consults, and reports as needed
  • Maintain professional communication with participants, partners and co-workers.
  • Assist in coordinating and implementing program changes, meetings and events as needed.
  • Participate in Placement and Retention meetings with other Career Specialists.
  • Participate in various PPL committees/meetings as needed.

Education & Experience:

  • BA/BS degree in Human Services or related field. (Additional experience may substitute for education).
  • 1-2 years’ experience in Employment Services or other related field.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication, problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Strong desire to serve diverse cultures and adults with employment barriers.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member.
  • Knowledge of community programs and resources for participants with barriers to employment.
  • Strong computer and database skills/willingness to learn these skills.
  • Reliable transportation


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 (H.S.A.) or Flexible Spending Account (F.S.A.); P.T.O. & 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: $20.19-$21.63/hr., DOQ

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates can apply online. 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 those who are disproportionately affected by systemic inequities. Persons of color, women and 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 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.