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 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

PPL  is looking for a talented, people-person with strong communication skills to join our growing Career Pathway Programming team. This position will be responsible for providing employment placement, retention, and career laddering services to participants and graduates of the Career Pathways programs.  This position will effectively connect education to employment outcomes and engage employer partners to directly link graduates to open job positions and career laddering opportunities.  Responsibilities include assisting participants in navigating the post-secondary education system to access resources and services that promote academic advancement, coaching program participants and graduates on resume writing, interviewing skills, and other employment activities to achieve and support PPL’s mission.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  •   Work collaboratively with Career and Education Advancement Manager and community partners to implement Career Pathway employment training programs.
  •  Provide one-on-one job placement support for graduates; work with caseload from 50-75 people.
  •  Assist participants and graduates on resume writing, interviewing, job search, and other employment-related activities.
  •  Facilitate in-person and online classroom workshops/sessions aimed at enhancing marketable skills of graduates.
  • Work in partnership with PPL Financial Coaches to connect participants to financial services to achieve goals.
  • Assist program graduates with finding employment and career laddering opportunities by linking appropriate candidates to the application process and working collaboratively with employer partners.
  • Effectively provide long-term, on-going support and guidance to graduates, connecting to resources and other services as necessary to address employment barriers.
  • Provide intervention and referrals to graduates on work and education-related issues.
  •  Maintain timely and accurate case notes and program activities for all case files including paper files and online database(s).
  • Responsible for providing placements and retention outcomes and reports as requested.
  •  Provide a minimum of twelve months of retention services to graduates. 
  •  Effectively interface with established employer partners to grow and maintain employment relationships via phone, in-person, and/or email to secure job placements, internships, and/or training opportunities for graduates.
  • Create and maintain PPL course curriculum, teaching schedules, guest speakers, and other programmatic elements.
  •  Attend staff and partner meetings as identified.

Additional Tasks and Responsibilities:  While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other members.

  •  Answer and route telephone calls and miscellaneous questions from employees, clients, vendors, and the public to provide excellent customer service.
  •  Perform related administrative duties.
  •  Provide information on assigned functions.
  •  Support PPL work and mission by accepting assignments for special projects, etc.
  •  Participate in various PPL committees as needed.
  •  Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory duties

Qualifications & Credentials Include:

  • Strong knowledge of local market trends
  •  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.
  • Effective in working with staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to develop and maintain detailed statistical data and quantitative information.
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license, and a good driving record.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office suite including Word and Excel, Zoom, Teams, and online meeting platforms.
  • Ability to use office equipment including telephone and voicemail system, copier, printer, fax machine, and scanner.
  • Ability to learn, access, and navigate multiple online databases and participant tracking systems.
  •  Ability to navigate the internet and electronic timecard system
  • Ability to navigate computer networks (files, drives, and folders)
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR submit weekly COVID testing results (At-home testing accepted)

A detailed job description is available upon request or when selected for the next phase of the hiring process.

Education and/or Experience:

  •  1-2 years’ experience in workforce development, non-profit or other human services field.
  •  BA/BS degree in Human Services, Sociology, Social Work, or related field. (Additional experience may substitute for education).

Salary: $20.67-$22.60 Hr., DOQ

Benefits: Health & Dental; Employer Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance, Employer Paid Life Insurance; Paid Parental Leave; Voluntary Life Insurance; Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA); PTO & Paid Holidays; 403(b) Retirement Plan with Employer Match; Summer half-day Fridays; an impactful presence in an organization that makes a difference in many lives. 

A hybrid remote/in-person model will be used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Apply:  

Qualified candidates can apply online. Include a cover letter and resume. The hiring process includes phone screens and 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, 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.