Career Mentor

Prairie State College
Chicago Heights, IL

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Community & Government Relations, Student Affairs, Career Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Posting Number:




Position Title:

Career Mentor


Non Exempt

Position Summary:

Serves as the participant liaison for the Opportunity Works program funded through the public workforce system and its delivery of services to current and prospective participants and employers being served under the grant program. This position is responsible for providing case management, recruiting assistance, support services, employment readiness and retention, and other services required to assist Opportunity Works participants in attaining job skills, foundational skills training and occupational training in a high growth/high demand industry, with the goal of entering and/or retaining self-sustaining employment. Documents client participation and progress as specified by the funding source’s record keeping requirements.

Reporting Relationship:

Direct reporting relationship to the Manger, Opportunity Works Grant Program.

Essential Responsibilities:

1. Serves as project lead under the grant to ensure program success and performance outcomes are met.2. Schedules and conducts: information sessions, intake and eligibility meetings, participant mentor meetings, foundational skills training and ongoing career workshops.
3. Conducts assessments and develops an education and training plan for each Opportunity Works participant in support of successful participant completion.4. Advises students throughout the career development process. Assists with resume, interview and career readiness skills.5. Provides academic and career advisement, degree planning, registration, and case management for students who are participating in the Opportunity Works program.6. Administers and coaches grant students to effectively utilize career interest systems and other resources that aid in the career development process.7. Informs and advises students, staff, businesses, community members and partners regarding the grant goals and objectives. 8. Recommends program policies and coursework to meet student and community needs.9. Represents the College on-and off-campus at college/career programs, business, and community-related events.10. Attends conferences, workshops, seminars, and meetings to enhance career development skills pertinent to this positions responsibility in support of the grant.11. Assists the Employer Relations and grant team with participant and program success.12. Assesses and provides solutions and referrals to participants’ barriers. Recommends and issues wrap around services (such as transportation and child care assistance) as needed.13. Monitors and tracks successful grant measures and outcomes.14. Develops a working knowledge of the grant and college policies, procedures, academic programs, and services.15. Provides quality services and work cooperatively with other service providers and College personnel.16. Maintains high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.17. Performs other duties as assigned that align with the scope of the grant initiative.

Minimum Qualifications:

1, Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Instruction or related field.2. Two (2) years of work experience working with low income and economically disadvantaged participants.3. Evidence of commitment and ability to work in teams with ability to maintain confidentiality.4. Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with solid proficiency with computer software.5. Local travel required. Access to reliable transportation and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evening and/or weekend hours required.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Career advising experience in a community college setting.2. Experience with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs.3. Case Management experience.

Anticipated Work Hours and Days:

19 hours per week within college operating schedule of 8am-4:30pm Monday thru Friday (or as otherwise dictated by the college)


minimum starting hourly- $18.19

Posting Date:


Closing Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications must be submitted electronically.



Prairie State College is a richly diverse community college located 30 minutes south of Chicago. The College serves over 5,000 students through its credit programs and offers a wide range of associate degrees and certificates, all of which feature student-centered instruction. In addition, the College offers workforce education, ESL and GED programs, and continuing, corporate and professional education. prairie_state_college1.jpg

Our 37-acre campus in Chicago Heights features “smart” classrooms, modern laboratories, a Business and Community Education Center, an Adult Education Outreach Center, and a spacious new Fitness Complex. In order to meet community needs, courses are also offered at our Matteson Area Center and at local businesses, community centers, and schools.

prairie_state_college2.jpgThe College provides a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, tuition reimbursement for administrators and staff, free courses in our Fitness Center, and an optional 403(b) plan in addition to a comprehensive retirement plan through the State University Retirement System. Employees can enroll their children in our state-of-the-art Children’s Learning Center for a modest fee.



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