OBT Employment Opportunities

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) is a 33-year old non-profit organization operating out of multiple locations. The mission of OBT is to help disadvantaged youth and adults recognize their own self-worth and advance towards self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement and support services. For more information visit www.obtjobs.org


Job Developer – (Full-Time)
New York

OBT is seeking Job Developers with strong employer connections and a passion for assisting youth and adults who are unemployed/underemployed and have come to OBT seeking education and skills training.  Duties include conducting work readiness workshops, employment counseling, job placement and retention follow-up to include post-employment activities.  Qualifications are two to three years of relevant experience with a diverse and active job bank; prior experience working with individuals with barriers to employment preferred.  Must be able to collaborate and work as part of a team.  Competitive salary and benefits package is offered.

Qualified applicants only should send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Janet Tsakos at jtsakos@obtjobs.org


Adult Literacy Support Specialist – (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Work hours are 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. most days but must be flexible regarding work schedule.  Must be willing to travel between program sites and to perform the duties of the position from any site. Responsibilities include being able to work effectively with adults in an educational setting; being able to pre-screen requests for program services both in person and via telephone; ability to obtain and manage required documentation and enter internal and external data in a timely and accurate manner.  Must be highly organized and possess the ability to organize and conduct intake and orientation sessions and to facilitate ESOL and HSE instructional classes as needed; must be able to maintain a high degree of discretion in dealing with confidential information; ability to work as part of a team and to take on their different roles if needed; Bi-lingual English/Spanish required; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and clerical experience required. Associates Degree preferred.

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Georgia Trim at gtrim@obtjobs.org


Quality Assurance/Data Reporting Manager – (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Leading workforce development agency with expertise working with both disconnected youth and adults, seeks a Quality Assurance/Data Reporting Manager to maintain and analyze data for multiple contracts/worksites in the agency’s Salesforce database.  Responsibilities also include performing quality assurance duties and developing meaningful program reports and dashboards and training staff on use of database. Bachelor’s Degree required; must be interested in youth and workforce development; must have experience with data entry and data management; must possess strong organizational skills and display a high level of discretion in dealing with confidential information.  Prior experience with Salesforce or database programming is required. Applicant should have experience creating validation rules, formula fields, and workflow rules. Experience with Demand Tools or another type of data loader is preferred. Experience with managing web forms is a plus. Highly competitive salary and benefits.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Alice Goncalves at agoncalves@obtjobs.org


Office Assistant (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Responsibilities will be working with disadvantaged youth and adults and will include answering phones, routing calls and taking messages; meeting and greeting the public and referring them to appropriate staff; pre-screening clients for services; assisting with pre-enrollment testing; entering data into agency and funder databases; incoming/outgoing mail, photocopying and faxes; participant time and attendance; supplies and inventory and other general office duties. Must have High School Diploma or equivalent and three years relevant experience; must possess excellent computer and communication skills; must be organized and detail-oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be Bi-lingual English/Spanish.

Please put Office Assistant in the subject line and send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Jacqueline Harris at jharris@obtjobs.org


Work Readiness Counselor – (Full-Time)
Jamaica, Queens

Provide ongoing work readiness support and case management to 17-24 year-olds in an Out of School Youth program; handle all issues related to work readiness and internships; maintain worksite and participant internship case files; enter detailed worksite and participant case notes in internal and funder databases; ensure that required work readiness training topics and assignments are completed; enter internship hours in funder database; provide employment counseling; actively participate in program recruitment and intake process; ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; computer proficiency in MS Office a must. Related experience preferred. Bilingual English-Spanish helpful. Must be willing to work as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with disconnected young adults. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Jackie Ordoñez a jordonez@obtjobs.org


Child Care Navigator

OBT seeks two Child Care Navigators to work with participants with young children in OBT’s Out-of-School Youth (OSY) program.  The responsibilities of the Child Care Navigator include:

  • Facilitating the process for young parents and their children to enroll in Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)-funded Early Care and Education child care slots as well as accessing other necessary social support services included but not limited to CBO partners and ACS preventative service agencies.
  • Delivering evidence and strength-based coaching to young parents on parenting behaviors, child development, parent-child activities, the link between child development and parenting, developmental optics, family strengths capabilities, and skills, protective factors and resourcing. Such coaching will be grounded in trauma-informed practices.
  • Conducting group workshops for parents to educate them about the enrollment process in ACS-funded center-based care.
  • Meeting bi-weekly with parents at OBT.
  • Preparing monthly and quarterly data and narrative reports for ACS and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) related to program enrollment, attendance and milestones achieved.
  • Entering case notes monitoring program progress into both the city’s database and OBT’s internal database (Salesforce)
  • Collaborate with OBT program staff to provide an effective system of supports for each client both during programming and after program completion
  • Participating in ACS training and working with ACS to overcome barriers to child care enrollment on behalf of parents. Additional trainings offered by ACS to better understand child safety, infant mental health, Safe Sleep and other appropriate trainings.
  • Collaborate with ACS staff to facilitate enrollment and quality program implementation.

Qualifications

  • Experience working with young parents
  • Experience facilitating group workshops
  • Experience creating and maintaining strong working relationships with other organizations that can benefit OBT participants
  • Culturally Competent practice and experience working with diverse populations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social work, early childhood education or human services related field.
  • Advanced knowledge of ACS center-based child care programs and TANF program and policies.
  • Working knowledge of computer technology, including Microsoft Office, Excel, and data entry skills.

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Mrs. Dani Smejkal at dsmejkal@obtjobs.org


Office Assistant – (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Responsibilities will be working with disadvantaged youth and adults and will include answering phones, routing calls and taking messages; meeting and greeting the public and referring them to appropriate staff; pre-screening clients for services; assisting with pre-enrollment testing; entering data into agency and funder databases; incoming/outgoing mail, photocopying and faxes; ordering supplies, maintaining inventory and other general office duties. Must have High School Diploma or equivalent and two years relevant experience; must possess excellent computer and communication skills; must be organized and detail-oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be Bi-lingual English/Spanish.  Please put Office Assistant in the subject line and send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Frank Mitchell at fmitchell@obtjobs.org


Career Readiness Facilitator – (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, New York

Provide ongoing work readiness support and case management to 16-24 year-olds in the Young Adult Internship Program Plus utilizing trauma informed practices; develop and facilitate weekly work readiness workshops, handle all issues related to work readiness and internships; actively develop additional internship sites; maintain worksite and participant internship case files; enter detailed worksite and participant case notes in internal and funder databases in a timely fashion; ensure that required work readiness training topics and assignments are completed; enter internship hours in funder database; provide employment and educational counseling and outcome placement; actively participate in program recruitment and intake process; ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations.

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s in Social Work (MSW), mental health, counseling, or a relevant field a plus.  Facilitation and/or Group Work counseling experience strongly preferred. Experience working with young adults impacted by trauma, mental health challenges, and the foster care and juvenile justice systems strongly preferred. Must be an energetic, self-starter, who thrives in fast-paced environment, with outstanding attention to detail. Must be willing to work as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with at-risk youth. Computer proficiency in MS Office a must.

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Sara Vonhold, svonhold@obtjobs.org.


Job Readiness Manager – (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

The Job Readiness Manager is responsible for providing participants with pre-employment skills, teaching workshops, preparing resumes, providing mock interviews and assessing participants for appropriate referrals to employment, education and advanced training opportunities.  Additionally, the Job Readiness Manager is responsible for maintaining work readiness files, preparing program reports and assuring that data has been entered into internal and funder databases.  Must be able to work with at risk and high risk youth.  Must be available to work flexible hours, between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bachelor’s Degree and two years of relevant experience or Associate’s Degree and six years of relevant experience; must possess strong group and workshop facilitation skills; excellent computer and communication skills required.  Must be organized and detail-oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment.

Please put Job Readiness Manager in the subject line and send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Frank Mitchell at fmitchell@obtjobs.org


Career Readiness Facilitator – (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, New York

Provide ongoing work readiness support and case management to 16-24 year-olds in an Out of School Youth Program; develop and facilitate weekly work readiness workshops, handle all issues related to work readiness and internships; actively develop additional internship sites; travel to internship sites to follow up with supervisors and participants; maintain worksite and participant internship case files; enter detailed worksite and participant case notes in internal and funder databases in a timely fashion; ensure that required work readiness training topics and assignments are completed; enter internship hours in funder database; provide employment and educational counseling and outcome placement; actively participate in program recruitment and intake process; ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations.

Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s in Social Work (MSW), mental health, counseling, or a relevant field a plus.  Facilitation and/or Group Work counseling experience strongly preferred. Must be willing to travel.  Must be an energetic, self-starter, who thrives in fast-paced environment, with outstanding attention to detail. Must be willing to work as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with at-risk youth. Computer proficiency in MS Office a must. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Ms. Dani Smejkal at dsmejkal@obtjobs.org.  Please put Career Readiness Facilitator in the subject line.


ESOL 1-2 Teacher – (Part-Time Evenings)
Brooklyn, NY

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is seeking a part-time ESOL instructor for Level 1 adult learners at our 280 Wyckoff Avenue location. The schedule is Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. to start immediately.  Interested candidates should be available to teach for the entire length of the 12-week class cycle, be committed to social justice and have experience working with immigrant populations.  This person should be able to teach a student driven ESOL curriculum that integrates language with a focus on life skills and workplace contexts, and which facilitates students’ development of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Candidate must be organized, creative and capable of incorporating technology to prepare language learners for today’s technological world.  This individual should also be discreet when handling students’ personal information.

Requirements:  BA and experience teaching ESOL to adults and excellent computer skills. BEST Plus certification preferred.  Proficiency in Spanish not required, but extremely helpful. Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and sample lesson plan to Iris Hidalgo at ihidalgo@obtjobs.org


ESOL 2 Teacher – (Part-Time Evenings)
Brooklyn, NY

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is seeking a part-time ESOL instructor for high intermediate adult learners at our 25 Thornton Street location. The schedule is Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., to start immediately.  Interested candidates should be available to teach for the entire length of the 12-week class cycle,be committed to social justice and have experience working with immigrant populations.  This person should be able to teach a student driven ESOL curriculum that integrates language with a focus on functional contexts such as life skills, workplace and vocation, and which facilitates students’ development of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  The candidate must be organized, creative and capable of incorporating technology to prepare language learners for today’s technological world.  This individual should also be discreet when handling students’ personal information.

Requirements: BA and experience teaching ESOL to adults and excellent computer skills. BEST Plus certification preferred. Proficiency in Spanish not required, but extremely helpful. Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and sample lesson plan to Iris Hidalgo at ihidalgo@obtjobs.org


ESOL 4-5 Teacher – (Part-Time Evenings)
Brooklyn, NY

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is seeking a part-time ESOL instructor for Level 2 adult learners at our 25 Thornton Street location. The schedule is Monday through Thursday 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. to start immediately.  Interested candidates should be available to teach for the entire length of the 12-week class cycle, be committed to social justice and have experience working with immigrant populations.  This person should be able to teach a student driven ESOL curriculum that integrates language with a focus on life skills and workplace contexts, and which facilitates students’ improvement of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Candidate must be organized, creative and capable of incorporating technology to prepare language learners for today’s technological world.  This individual should also be discreet when handling students’ personal information.

Requirements: BA and experience teaching ESOL to adults and excellent computer skills. BEST Plus certification preferred. Proficiency in Spanish not required, but extremely helpful. Please send resume, cover letter, salary requirements and sample lesson plan to Iris Hidalgo at ihidalgo@obtjobs.org


Pre-HSE Instructor – (Part-Time Evenings)
Brooklyn, NY

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is seeking a part-time Pre-HSE Instructor for adult learners for our 280 Wyckoff Avenue location.  The schedule is Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. to start immediately.  Interested candidates should be available to teach for the entire length of each 16-week class cycle.

The Pre-HSE Instructor should be able to provide math and literacy instruction to a varied age-range adult population; must be knowledgeable of the Common Core at Pre-HSE level, and be able to administer and utilize standardized assessments to develop curricula targeting the educational challenges of students.  Instructor will design lesson plans and adjust instructions according to the different learning styles and will maintain collaborative learning environments.  The instructor must monitor students’ performance and attendance for required reporting systems and should also be discreet when handling student’s confidential information.

Requirements: BA required, experience teaching adults, particularly strong background teaching math, reading and writing; knowledgeable of Pre-HSE and HSE curricula and TASC core requirements; excellent computer and organizational skills. Please send resume, cover letter indicating experience, qualifications and salary requirements to Iris Hidalgo at ihidalgo@obtjobs.org


ESOL 3-4 Civics Teacher – (Part-Time Evenings)
Brooklyn, NY

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is seeking a part-time ESOL instructor for high beginners/low intermediate adult learners at our 280 Wyckoff Avenue location.  The schedule is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., to start immediately.  Interested candidates should be available to teach for the entire length of the class cycle, be committed to social justice and have experience working with immigrant populations.  This person should be able to teach a student driven ESOL curriculum that integrates language with a focus on life skills and workplace contexts, US civics and culture, and which facilitates the student’s improvement of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Candidates must be organized, creative and capable of incorporating technology to prepare language learners for today’s technological world.  This individual should also be discreet when handling students’ personal information.

Requirements: BA and experience teaching ESOL to adults and excellent computer skills. BEST Plus certification preferred. Proficiency in Spanish not required, but extremely helpful. Please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and sample lesson plan to Iris Hidalgo at ihidalgo@obtjobs.org


Senior Director of Organizational Learning – Youth Programs (Full-time)

As a key member of OBT’s Leadership Team, who will work intensively with program directors and their teams (counselors, job developers, retention specialist, and instructors) to improve program outcomes by ensuring each program effectively balances high accountability with high support. With support from the Executive Leadership Team, specifically the Chief Program Officer and Chief External Affairs Officer, the Senior Director of Organizational Learning will implement strategies for program staff to regularly monitor program culture, strengthening strategies that support learning and achievement, and developing new practices to ensure optimal performance for staff and participants. They will support the programs in developing comprehensive systems, and program designs, from outreach through program completion, that ensure each young adult crafts a pathway that is driven by concrete goals, spanning academic needs and professional aspirations. These functions will be accomplished via direct support and professional development to program directors and their teams.

Masters in social work, mental health, counseling, or a relevant field preferred; minimum of 5 years successful experience providing direct services in youth programs; experience leading teams; experience successfully supervising counselors or social workers preferred; experience with and/or knowledge of workforce programming.  Demonstrated commitment to outcome-based accountability, data-driven decision-making, differentiated instruction, and continuous adult learning as drivers of improved program performance; demonstrated design, coaching, and facilitation skills in both individual and group settings; strong service and equity orientation towards programming and communities served; commitment to work collaboratively with leadership at all levels.  Must be willing to travel across program sites.

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Dani Smejkal, dsmejkal@obtjobs.org


Counselor (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Provide ongoing support and case management for youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who lack the reading, writing and/or math skills needed to enroll in a High School Equivalency (HSE) Test Preparation Program.  Trainees receive pre-HSE basic skills training along with full support services.  The Counselor is responsible for four general areas including: Outreach, Intake & Assessment; Individual Counseling and follow-up; Small Group Counseling and; Case Records Management and Reporting.

Bachelor’s Degree required; Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred; experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access) required; excellent writing and verbal skills; demonstrated commitment to achieving outcomes through a youth development approach; must be detail oriented and learn quickly; must possess a friendly, outgoing and professional personality and be able to maintain a high degree of discretion in dealing with confidential information; must be organized and able to work in a fast paced environment. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Dashun Duran at dduran@obtjobs.org


Updated: August 2017