Careers at VCH

YouthBuild Job Developer

Venice Community Housing Corporation’s mission is to preserve the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice and the surrounding area by maximizing affordable housing and economic development opportunities and providing needed social services to the area’s low-income population.

Venice YouthBuild is an ongoing, comprehensive education and job training program that brings together individualized high school instruction, vocational training, career placement and counseling to help at-risk youth, ages 18 to 24, gain high school diplomas and job skills to transition into healthy, self-sufficient adulthoods. The YouthBuild Job Developer, under the direction of the YouthBuild Director, is responsible for providing direct services to youth and coordinating services for all post-secondary, job-training, and employment partners for youth as they transition to life after the formal YouthBuild program.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Develop opportunities for placing YouthBuild students and alumni into employment, certificated vocational training programs, union apprenticeship programs, community colleges and universities.
• Refer and place YouthBuild students on an ongoing basis into these partnerships, maintaining placement files and tracking students for at least one year following placement/YB graduation.
• Conduct career assessments and develop an Individual Career Plan (ICP) detailing each student’s short- and long-term career goals, as well as the strategies or steps to be used to obtain those goals.
• Manage, maintain and expand outreach to partnerships with on-the-job training and post-secondary placement opportunities for direct placements as available.
• Teach a job readiness curriculum in the YouthBuild classroom and coordinating additional on-site services from post-secondary education, job-training, and employment partners.
• Provide direct supervision, ongoing support, accountability and evaluation up to 4 part-time Lime Energy Outreach team, including coordinating professional development as needed.
• Drive VCH vehicles to transport youth to job development activities, post-secondary explorations, construction and labor trainings and field trips as needed.
• Document all services provided leading up to post-secondary and/or job placements, including progress toward contract goals during program and for up to one year after program completion.
• Participate as part of the YouthBuild team in program planning, recruitment, orientation, and case review of youth.
• Enforce YouthBuild program policies and procedures, including Dept. of Labor and AmeriCorps policies and procedures, holding youth accountable for violating policies and communicating to support staff for follow up services.
• Support the leadership development, community service, and counseling goals of the program through appropriate site activities and processes.
• Attend weekly meetings with the YouthBuild staff, and attend additional trainings and conferences.
• Other duties as assigned.

PREFERRED SKILLS
• Background in construction and/or developing a structured curriculum for Construction Trainers to teach basic construction skills, including obtaining and upkeep of valid certifications to be used prior and in between job assignments (i.e. OSHA 10, PACT, etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS
• B.A. with a degree in business, economics, social services or a related field; master’s degree preferred. Experience may be substituted for degree.
• Three years’ experience providing job development services, including work with at-risk young adults.
• Demonstrated experience with YouthBuild, Conservation Corps or WIA strongly preferred.
• Experience teaching job readiness, including conducting job readiness assessments, resume preparation, mock interviewing, etc.
• Desire and aptitude for working with youth 17-24 years; experience with YouthBuild program a plus.
• Valid California Driver License and proof of insurance is required.
• Excellent communication skills and be able to work well with youth, staff, and community partners.
• Candidate must be computer literate.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Job frequently requires sitting for extended periods of time entering data into a computer and handling objects with hands, Job occasionally requires standing, walking, reaching, talking, hearing, and lifting up to 25 pounds. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

SALARY
$38-43,000 a year, depending on education and experience plus benefits including medical, dental, vacation, sick time, 12 holidays and 2 personal days.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Please email your resume with a cover letter describing your qualifications to the Director of Operations at: jobs@vchcorp.org. You can also fax your resume to (310) 399-1130 or mail it to Venice Community Housing Corporation, 720 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291. NO PHONE CALLS.

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