Youth Employment Specialist

United States, North America
Feb 28, 2014

San Jose/Evergreen Community College District

Youth Employment Specialist

Posting Date:
Closing Date: 03-23-2014

Posting Number: 0010437

Work Location:
Workforce Institute
Division: Workforce Institute
Position status: Full-time

Salary Range: $49,360 - $60,236 Annual Salary (Range 95: Classified Salary Schedule - Fiscal Year 2012-2013). Starting placement is generally at Step 1.
Benefits Available: Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, income protection, vacation, and retirement.

Employment Start Date: As soon as possible.

Message from the Chancellor
Join a team steeped in the 21st Century. Our District is undergoing tremendous transformation fueled by the visionary actions of a Board of Trustees and the contributions of faculty and staff that share common values centered in equity, opportunity and social justice. We clearly acknowledge our responsibility to create a setting supported by a culture of civility and mutual respect. We believe that student success is not a destination but a journey to which we all contribute, and we accept fully the importance of creating a culture that provides academic and student support services that "wrap around" the student. We embrace the social and economic development mission of community colleges as we meet the education and workforce needs of the greater Silicon Valley. If the Silicon Valley is synonymous with the future, the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is synonymous with access to that future through educational opportunity. Consider making a difference in the future.

Rita M. Cepeda, Ed.D.

Position Summary
The Youth Employment Specialist reports to the Project Supervisor located at the Workforce Institute. This position is a 12 months per year position; Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This position is represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 363.

Position Purpose:
Performs a variety of duties involved in assisting at-risk youth in meeting their employment and/or educational goals; provide career counseling and assessment services; identify and meet training needs; provide career coaching as well as ongoing monitoring and follow-up; ensure program performance goals are met and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) regulations followed.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
1. Develop and conduct career workshops covering a variety of topics including labor market, job search, identifying skills, job applications, resume preparation, interviewing, work ethics, and job retention; conduct group and one-on-one workshops with clients.

2. Provide career coaching; refer clients as appropriate to other community resources and services.

3. Establish relationships with employers; contact employers by telephone, e-mail, and in person regarding job opportunities; advocate for clients for job placement.

4. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with community based organizations, businesses, advisory groups, and related organizations that may assist clients.

5. Conduct outreach and recruitment for youth program.

6. Participate in job fairs.

7. Assist clients with job retention and other follow up services as needed.

8. Evaluate client and program performance; participate in developing and implementing program improvements.

9. Maintain statistical data relative to program objectives including client and contractual information; participate in program record keeping in an accurate and auditable manner in accordance with established program procedures.

10. Participate in ensuring compliance with applicable grant, state and federal guidelines and regulations.

11. Remain current in the field of career counseling, employing new practices and tools as appropriate.

12. Perform other duties reasonably related to the job classification.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
1. Workforce Investment Act policies and procedures.

2. Principles and practices of employment development.

3. Principles and practices used in career coaching.

4. Local labor market characteristics.

5. Employment issues specific to a variety of service populations including at-risk youth with various barriers.

6. Occupations and qualifications necessary to fill jobs in various fields.

7. Sources of information about employment opportunities.

8. Community resources appropriate for client base.

9. Program evaluation methods and techniques.

10. Record keeping principles and practices.

11. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.

12. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications.

13. English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Ability to:
1. Conduct career workshops in group and individual settings.

2. Conduct face-to-face interviews.

3. Establish and maintain positive relationships with other community services agencies and employers.

4. Evaluate client educational, work, personal history and occupational interests and develop individual employment plans.

5. Maintain records and record keeping systems

6. Exercise judgment and make decisions

7. Interpret and apply administrative and departmental policies and procedures.

8. Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.

9. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.

10. Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.

11. Work effectively with minimal supervision.

12. Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, disabled, sexual orientation, and cultural populations of community college students.

13. Communicate effectively and tactfully in both oral and written form.

14. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be a Bachelor's degree in psychology, education, or a related field and two years of responsible experience in career coaching.

2. Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve; and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.

3. Success integrating diversity as appropriate into the major duties outlined in the job description and in the duties listed in the District's hiring policy; or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.

Special Licenses, Certificates, etc.:
1. Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Job Category: Technical/Paraprofessional

Classified Position type:

Classified Position term:

Equivalency Information:
As listed under the EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE section.

Application Procedures, Notes and Contact Information
Interested applicants MUST SUBMIT ONLINE ALL of the following materials by the closing date to be considered for the position (Posting at: or at Click "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING"):

1. A completed online San Jose/Evergreen Community College District CLASSIFIED POSITION APPLICATION
(Must state how you meet ALL the minimum qualifications in EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE as described in the job announcement Minimum Qualifications section. Also, state how you meet other qualifications)
3. RESUME, and
4. TRANSCRIPT(S) - NOT DIPLOMAS - (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees you want to be considered (having confer/award dates) or courses. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered. If foreign degrees, must submit Equivalency Certification (See #6 of the Instruction Section below).

If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application at the later part of the application process.

1. Only complete application materials will be considered (No exception for external applicants, current or former employees). Application materials must include: a. CLASSIFIED POSITION APPLICATION, b. COVER LETTER, c. RESUME, and d. TRANSCRIPT(S) -NOT DIPLOMAS -of stated degrees (having confer/award dates) and/or college course work.
The criminal history explanation if any will NOT be forwarded to the screening committee.
2. Incomplete application packet and/or documents received by Human Resources after the closing date will not be considered (No exception for employees or non-employees).
3. Applications not having all required minimum qualifications in education and experience as stated in the Minimum Qualifications section will not receive further considerations.
4. Letters of Recommendation are not required and will not be included in the application packet. Additional documents that are not requested may not be included.
5. DEGREES must have been awarded by a college or university ACCREDITED by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
6. FOREIGN DEGREES: Candidates with DEGREES and CREDITS earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with the application. Simple translation of the language on foreign transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice; thus will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.
7. Upon hire the successful candidate must provide the required documents of identity and authorization to work and attest he/she is authorized to work in the United States.
8. Application materials become the property of the district and will not be returned or duplicated.
9. Travel expenses to attend the interview are the responsibility of the candidate.
10. Meeting the minimum qualifications does NOT assure an interview.
11. The District may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.

For assistance, contact:
Office of Human Resources, Employment Services
4750 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135
Phone: (408) 270-6414 Fax: (408) 223-6341
Web site @ or

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement:
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, language, accent, immigration status, ancestry, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, transgender, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and physical or mental disability consistent with applicable federal and state laws.

- ADA/504 Section Officer: Vice President of Administrative Services or designee, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135, (408) 274-7900.
- Title IX Officer: Vice President of Student Services Irma Archuleta, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135, (408) 274-7900 X.6749.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

About San Jose/Evergreen Community College District
The San Jose/Evergreen Community College District consists of two colleges. The metropolitan San Jose City College located just minutes from downtown San Jose, established in 1921, and the park-like Evergreen Valley College located in southeast San Jose at the foot of the Diablo Mountain range, which opened in 1975. The District is represented by dedicated and talented employees who are passionate about providing our student population with the best educational experience possible. The District recognizes that cultural diversity in the academic environment promotes academic excellence; fosters cultural, racial and human understanding; provides positive roles models for all students, and creates an inclusive and supportive educational and work environment for its employees, students, and the community it serves.

As of fall 2012, with enrollment of approximately 19,000 per semester, and an extremely diverse student population (Hispanic/Latino 36%, Black/African-American 7%, Asian/Pacific Islander 35%, American Indian/Native American 1%, White/Caucasian 13%) attaining educational goals reflecting 31% - AA Degree and Transfer to a 4-Year College/ University, the District's emphasis on student success makes it a recognized educational leader in the State.

The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants to serve as colleagues to an existing diverse regular classified staff (including confidential and classified supervisory employees) consisting of 38% Hispanic/Latino, 27% Asian/Pacific Islander, 5% Black/African-American, 1% American Indian/Native American, 26% White/Caucasian, and 3% others, as well as encouraging applications from all qualified, outstanding applicants.

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