Youth Development Specialist

Queens Community House (NYC)

Location:

Learning To Work- Voyages
156-10 Baisley Boulevard
Jamaica, NY, 11434

Borough:

Queens

Job Type:

Paid

Status:

Full Time

Length:

Permanent

Specific Days Needed:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Number of Available Positions:

1

Public Transportation:

Bus, Train

Minimum Education:

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field preferred.

Area of Focus:

Academic Support/Homework Help, Community Service/Service Learning, Leadership/Mentoring, College and Career Readiness

Job Description:

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt SALARY: Mid 30’s w/ Excellent Benefits SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm, with flexibility for events, home visits, meeting and training time Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse population of Queens through a broad network of programs and services for Children and Youth, Adults and Families, and Older Adults. Our mission is to provide individuals and families with the tools to enrich their lives and build healthy, inclusive communities. We welcome amazing individuals who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change lives. We are seeking a qualified Youth Development Specialist with a strong commitment to youth development to work in our Learning to Work Program. Queens Community House (QCH) oversees a Learning to Work transfer school at VOYAGES Preparatory HS, located at August Martin High School Campus. Our program supports 200 young adults ages 16 to 21 to graduate high school with a developed postsecondary plan. The Youth Development Specialist will be the primary person responsible for supporting students in meeting their goals through a combination of counseling in the areas of job readiness, career exploration, college advisement and tutoring. Responsibilities: • Counsel each student on the creation and implementation of a post-secondary plan for college, training or employment. • Conduct on-going attendance outreach, including home and worksite visits. • Provide a minimum of 2 individual counseling sessions per student; one on academic progress and one on career advisement. • Monitor academic progress and counseling focused on progress reports and report cards. • Support and guide on the college enrollment process; begin the CUNY and FAFSA application process with each eligible student. • Conduct advisory groups by facilitating discussion in the following content areas: job readiness, career exploration, conflict resolution, political education, mediation, leadership, community service, youth employment, psychoeducation, etc. • Maintain ongoing communication with parents and guardians of participants to support positive outcomes for the students’ and assist families with identified needs. • Maintain case files and enter weekly progress note into Google forms. • Facilitate communication and structured meetings between students and teachers; support referrals as appropriate. • Prepare and participate in required program or agency meetings (supervisory meeting, agency quarterly staff meetings and parent-teacher conferences). • Work collaboratively with DOE staff; take initiative and demonstrate flexibility in responding to school needs. • Other duties and special projects as assigned. Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field preferred. • Minimum of two (2) years' of experience working with youth preferably in a NYC high school setting. • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate activities and manage classroom expectations. • Experience in facilitating group sessions in community services, leadership, college readiness and employment opportunities with a connection to counseling. • Demonstrated attendance and punctuality in meeting required schedule. • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills. • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion. • Excellent computer skills with various programs and willingness to learn new ones. Additional Details: This position is available immediately. Queens Community House offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. The benefits package varies by position and may include medical/dental/vision offerings, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, generous time off and a 403b plan. We value health and wellness too and as such Staff can earn annual leave days, sick days and enjoy most federal holidays. Staff can also take advantage of an array of professional development opportunities, including trainings and learning bits. Application Method: We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community. If you would like to join our team, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Youth Development Specialist - LTW ” at ltw@qchnyc.org or mail to: Voyages Preparatory High School, South Jamaica C/o: Queens Community House- Learning to Work Program 156-10 Baisley Boulevard, 2nd FL Jamaica, NY 11434

How to Apply:

Please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Youth Development Specialist - LTW ” at ltw@qchnyc.org Email: ltw@qchnyc.org

To the Attention of:

LTW

Required Skills/Experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field preferred. • Minimum of two (2) years' of experience working with youth preferably in a NYC high school setting. • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate activities and manage classroom expectations. • Experience in facilitating group sessions in community services, leadership, college readiness and employment opportunities with a connection to counseling. • Demonstrated attendance and punctuality in meeting required schedule. • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills. • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion. • Excellent computer skills with various programs and willingness to learn new ones.