Accepting Applications Until 8/17/2018
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.
Due to a recent expansion of PPL’s Employment Training Program, PPL is seeking a self-driven, passionate individual to join our Career Center team as an Employment Specialist. PPL, in partnership with LISC and the Department of Labor (DOL), have created an initiative assisting with the planning and implementation of a comprehensive reentry program that will ensure participants are provided with positive opportunities to engage in pro-social activities such as employment and/or education. The target reentry population is adults age 25 or older who have been released from incarceration within the past 180 days or are currently under supervised release. This position will be located out of our West Broadway Ave location in Minneapolis.
The Employment Specialist will be responsible for providing individualized career counseling services to adults in the Re-entry program. This position will serve as the main classroom instructor, providing classroom-based instruction of ReEntry2Work training, employment coaching, and placement services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Train program participants on developing work readiness skills and provide ongoing one-on-one coaching and support, growing and maintaining a caseload of 60 participants.
• Maintain the following paperwork: course syllabi, teaching schedules, room scheduling, guest speakers, program evaluations, daily participant evaluations, and curriculum manual and supplements.
• 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 maintain strong partner relationships, providing creative program design and direction suggestions as needed as well as program status updates at weekly meetings with Manager.
• Provide intervention and referrals to participants on work-related issues.
• Assist with marketing and recruitment services to promote employment services.
• Maintain accurate and timely case notes for all participants, including reporting at specified intervals using various online databases such as CTK Apricot and Salesforce.
• 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 Employment Specialists.
• BA/BS degree in related field (additional experience may substitute for education).
• Experience working with reentry/ex-offender population highly desired.
• Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) or Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification preferred but not required.
• A minimum of 2 years of classroom instruction and facilitation. (Additional education may substitute for experience).
• 2+ years of experience in Employment Service or a closely related field.
• Knowledge of community programs and resources for participants with barriers to employment.
• Strong facilitation and instruction skills.
• Strong computer and database skills/willingness to learn these skills.
• Self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently but also within a team environment.
• Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of current insurance, a good driving record as determined by our insurance carrier, and a reliable vehicle.
Benefits: Benefits will include 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.
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.