Job Developer

OBT values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity at our organization means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

Location: Temporarily Remote, Brooklyn, NY
Position Code: YHPW2

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) exists to break the cycle of poverty and inequity through education, job training, and employment. OBT’s programs operate out of multiple locations and serve as a bridge to economic opportunity for youth, individuals, and families in underserved communities. Through various sector-based pathways, we offer programming that extends from high school equivalency programming to industry-certified training.  OBT is funded through a mixture of government contracts, corporate and foundation grants, and private contributions.

Position Summary
This role is located at OBT’s Sunset Park office. The job developer is responsible for bridging the gap between varying OBT program participants and gainful employment. In this role you will endeavor to increase the range of employment opportunities available to OBT program participants considering their interests, experiences, and ambitions as the foundation for job placements, and more broadly, for the identification and cultivation of potential employers. You will maintain a job bank with a diverse employer pool, provide participants with pre-employment skills, assist with preparing resumes, conduct mock interviews, teach World of Work classes, and ultimately place participants in quality, on-the-job training positions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Job Development

  • Counsel participants on viable employment and other vocational options and provide current labor market information.
  • Facilitate direct and indirect job placement assistance by leveraging other OBT job developers for support.
  • Collect data from employers related to job orders including job requirements and skills.
  • Match job skills with participants’ qualifications.
  • Initiate and maintain ongoing contact with a variety of business and industry representatives and job placement/training agencies to promote programs for participant placement.
  • Make cold calls to potential employers and explain the benefits and employment support services provided by OBT programs to employers.
  • Source job leads via the internet, agencies, and other resources.
  • Refer qualified participants to employers and conduct necessary follow-up after placement.
  • Maintain case files (both electronic and paper) for each participant assessed.
  • Maintain case files of sample assignments/projects/tests for each participant.

Program Support
Support OBT’s Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) program.

  • Serve as subject matter expert in healthcare attending monthly industry networking events, webinars, meetups, and job fairs.
  • Build and maintain a diverse portfolio of employers in the healthcare sector who have entry- to mid-level growth job opportunities.
  • Facilitate work readiness classes that include resume writing, mock interviews, and soft skills training.
  • Assist with customizing participant resumes after each cohort to make more marketable for specific employers.
  • Conduct individual work ready assessments and career advisement.
  • Meet with participants on a bi-weekly basis to present job opportunities and possible matches.
  • Provide job interview prep for participants before sending out to an interview.
  • Execute outcome referral process to ensure participants receive a high level of support from pre-to-post hire.
  • Maintain case notes of all interactions with participants via relationship management software, Salesforce.
  • Attend all program case conference meetings to ensure participants are fully supported and employment plan is executed.
  • Provide labor market information to OBT staff and the MAA program participants.

The Corporate Recruiter is expected to have the following professional and personal skills, qualities, and characteristics:

  • A passionate commitment to OBT’s mission and vision, and an understanding of the inextricable relationship between workforce development, post-secondary planning, and equity.
  • Highly knowledgeable about the methods of job development and client placement.
  • Great social and communication skills, patience and time management.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population of participants with different obstacles to employment.
  • Ability to establish positive relationships with program participants, employers and other Community-Based Organizations.
  • Proficient in use of basic office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) will also be helpful.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Four years relevant work experience required.
  • Previous workforce development or social services experience and experience working with hard-to-serve populations is strongly preferred. 

Why You Should Join Us

  • We are a passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s young adult communities
  • Salary $48k – $55k, depending on experience and qualifications
  • Full benefits package

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