Title: Placement Specialist
Program: Next Step Ace Program
Next Step ACE is an employment program for individuals with serious mental illness who seek meaningful jobs in competitive employment. The Placement Specialist is primarily responsible for job development and placement of clients. The Placement Specialist also assists with outreach and recruitment efforts to help enroll new clients and maintain our census.
The ACE program, located in lower Manhattan, provides end-to-end employment services including one-on-one specialized vocational training, job placement, job retention support, and vocational counseling. Vocational training includes skills/capability assessment and training in basic life skills, resume preparation, interview preparation, job readiness, benefits advisement, and money management. ACE is part of Project Renewal’s Next Step employment program, which also includes adult basic education, computer classes, job readiness workshops, and job retention services. The ACE program, while operating independently, is closely integrated with these programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Essential duties of the Placement Specialist include but are not limited to the following activities:
Placing clients into jobs that result in achieving job placement and retention milestone goals
Establishing a network of employers who will provide job opportunities that are aligned with the skills and interests of ACE clients
Following up on job placements to monitor job retention and satisfaction of employers/clients
Meeting with clients individually to develop a customized job search plan
Meeting weekly with clients to discuss job search activities, arrange job interviews, practice interviewing skills, develop resumes, complete job applications, and discuss past interviews
Conducting outreach and representing the agency at community events to facilitate employer leads and referrals
Maintaining timely and objective records in Salesforce and other databases as required by various funding sources
Conduct ongoing workshops on job readiness to help clients obtain and sustain employment
Providing post-employment services to employed clients
Organizing on-site hiring events with employer network
Bachelor’s Degree required.
One to three years of previous experience in job development, vocational counseling, and/or working with individuals with serious mental illness or similar population is essential.
Computer proficiency is a must.
To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with Next Step ACE Placement Specialist in the subject line.
Project Renewal is an equal opportunity employer. Its long-standing policy has been to embrace the equality of opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, religion or creed, gender (see separately issued Gender Discrimination policy for more detail), physical or mental disability, age (18 and over), military status, arrest record, marital status, domestic partnership status, genetic information or predisposing genetic characteristic, sexual orientation, status as a victim or witness of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking, unemployment status or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and local laws.