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


Updated: April 2018

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Employment Specialist (Full-Time)

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Position Code: 91STF

Vision for the Role:

OBT seeks a dynamic, creative and relationship driven professional to develop and cultivate a diverse portfolio of career oriented, sustainable employers. This role creates the opportunity to have a critical impact on the economic and life trajectory of youth and adults. Working as part of network of community based sites throughout Brooklyn and Queens, the Talent and Engagement Specialist will prepare participants for the contemporary workforce. This team member will build on a strong foundation of existing partnerships and create innovative, new and lasting employer relationships.

Who We Are and How We Are Changing:

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is in the process of developing our next phase organizationally. We have a proven track record as a strong community based organization since 1983. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment.  As a leading workforce training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.

Scope of Work:

We are seeking a team member that has the unique balance of a detail orientation, excellent engagement and assessment skills, a propensity for networking and a passion for the impact on equity that meaningful employment can create. The day to day will be a diverse mix of cultivating employment opportunities and preparing participants for entry into successful, meaningful employment. The position will require a new and innovative approach to the coaching process, and placement options with a focus on sector specific partnerships in health, hospitality and tech. An ideal team member will be detail oriented and have a commitment to utilizing data to inform programming and quality improvement. The Talent and Employment Specialist will be a foundational support to participants as they work towards achieving their full potential.

Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience), and a minimum of 3-5 years of business or sales experience; demonstrated evidence of cultivating new clients and sustaining them over time; strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate well with all stakeholders; ability to work well independently and as part of an interdisciplinary diverse team; entrepreneurial and sector specific experienced professionals are encouraged to apply; interest in developing innovative and engaging ways to approach to workforce programming

Benefits: Competitive Salary and Full Benefits; Equal Opportunity Employer

Innovation Lab Office Assistant (Full-Time)

Location: Brooklyn, NY 
Position Code: VLYKG

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow  is a not-for-profit organization operating out of multiple locations that provides education, employment and training services to disadvantaged youth and adults.  OBT is funded through a mixture of government contracts, corporate and foundation grants and private contributions.  The Office Assistant at the Innovation Lab in Industry City provides support to all programs operating at the site.

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; preparing participant stipend sheets and photo IDs; manage all Innovation Lab programming by coordinating conference room schedule: maintain systems for tracking walks ins, phone and web inquiries; manage office maintenance by requesting repairs, cleaning, etc.;   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, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be Bi-lingual English/Spanish.

Office Assistant (Full-Time)

Location: Brooklyn, NY 
Position Code: LUHEH

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow  is a not-for-profit organization operating out of multiple locations that provides education, employment and training services to disadvantaged youth and adults.  OBT is funded through a mixture of government contracts, corporate and foundation grants and private contributions.  The Office Assistant provides support to all programs operating at the site.

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; preparing participant stipend sheets and photo IDs; 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, detail-oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be Bi-lingual English/Spanish.

Chief of Employer Partnerships and Workforce Innovations (Full-Time)

Location: NYC 
Position Code: 87R12

Position Summary

As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary, we are looking for a dynamic Chief of Employer Partnerships and Placement Strategy who can help shape the next phase of our growth and ensure that the organization is well-positioned to deliver high impact employer partnerships and job opportunities for the communities we serve. The Chief of Employer Partnerships and Placement Strategy will partner with other senior leaders to develop a strong placement pipeline that delivers high return on investment (ROI) for all stakeholders involved, including company partners and program participants. This person will additionally help with the associated organizational changes that will ensure the successful achievement of our outcomes.

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Chief of Employer Partnerships and Placement Strategy will prospect, develop and cultivate relationships with companies across the New York City (NYC) to partner with on a range of solutions from employment opportunities to other forms of program engagement. We are looking for a motivated and passionate professional who has demonstrated experience developing key relationships and partnerships, managing teams and a deep strategic thinker excited to help shape and grow our organizational impact and position within Workforce Development.

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Director of Community and Government Affairs (Full-Time)

Location: NYC 
Position Code: SDN9Q

Position Summary

As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates its 35th Anniversary as one of NYC’s leading workforce training organizations, we are looking for a dynamic Director of Community and Government Affairs to join our growing team.  The Director of Community & Government Affairs will develop and lead OBT’s advocacy and partnerships strategy, raise the organization’s visibility at the city, state, and federal levels, and cultivate cross-sector collaboration.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated professional who has demonstrated experience developing key relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders, from government to grassroots organizations, is a systems thinker, possesses a high degree of political acumen, and is excited to help shape and grow our organizational impact and position within Workforce Development.

Who We Are and Where We Are Going:

OBT, a premier Workforce Development organization in NYC, is in the process of developing its next phase of growth. Established in 1983 we have established a proven track record as a strong community-based organization. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment. As a leading Workforce Development training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.

 Specific Duties:

  • Develop advocacy strategies to advance the organization’s interests at the City, State, and Federal levels
  • Monitor and analyze legislation, including City, State, and Federal budgets
  • Coordinate activities with external partners to advance issues, elevate awareness, or advocate for actions which are important to the organization’s mission
  • In collaboration with the Sr. Director of Development, assist with fundraising and development initiatives
  • In collaboration with the Director of Communications and Marketing, draft and deliver OBT testimony on workforce and education policy as required
  • Lead the mobilization of staff and program participants in support of relevant issues
  • Inform and participate in the organization’s social media strategy
  • Proactively address and plan for local shifts in economic and workforce development, identifying implications for OBT program offerings
  • Collaborate and refine OBT marketing and informational material in collaboration with the Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Inform organizational and local outreach strategies specific to certain neighborhoods or populations
  • Provide support for the organization’s public relations strategy and implementation
  • Lead the development and execution of the organization’s strategic outreach and engagement plan to work with elected representatives, governmental officials, and agencies at the City, State, and Federal levels to preserve and expand public support
  • In collaboration with the Sr. Director of Development, craft and execute the organization’s strategy for annual legislative budget request process
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with elected representatives and their staff
  • Draft and submit OBT discretionary expense and capital funding requests to the New York City Council, and NY State Senate and Assembly. Maintain all correspondence and reporting to appropriate agencies regarding discretionary awards.
  • Travel to Albany, NY and Washington, DC as required
  • Work some nights and weekends as required
  • Perform all other appropriate duties assigned by supervisor

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Demonstrated understanding of the City and State legislative budget processes
  • 3-5 years of experience working in government, non-profit advocacy, or related setting
  • Ability to analyze legislative and other government documents, produce summaries, and identify implications for the organization
  • Excellent communication (verbal & written) and computer skills
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the workforce sector, in particular the intersection between economic and workforce development
  • Bilingual English/Spanish desirable
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of NYC workforce development or youth development systems a plus

 Why You Should Join Us:

  • Competitive salary and full benefits
  • Exposure to multiple organizations and agencies providing a variety of services in NYC; expansion of network
  • Challenging, entrepreneurial work environment
  • Company events and outings (Ongoing professional development; coaching; staff retreats)
  • Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

Data Support Specialist (Full-Time)

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Position Code: O5DVO

Leading workforce development agency with expertise working with both disconnected youth and adults, seeks a Data Support Specialist 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 or equivalent experience 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.

Work Readiness & Internship Coordinator (Full-Time)

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Position Code: LUHEH

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) seeks an energetic, organized professional to join our Sunset Park location. This team member will play a critical role in engaging and supporting Opportunity Youth (17-24 years old) in our Out of School Youth Employment and Education Programs.

Responsibilities will be to provide ongoing work readiness support and case management to 16-24 year-olds; facilitate weekly work readiness workshops, handle all issues related to work readiness and internships; maintain worksite and participant internship case files; actively develop additional internship sites; 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 and outcome placement; actively participate in program recruitment and intake process; ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations.

Who We Are and How We Are Changing:

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow is in the process of developing our next phase organizationally. We have a proven track record as a strong community based organization since 1983. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment.  As a leading workforce training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.

Scope of Work:

We are seeking a team member that has the unique balance of natural/developing leadership abilities, detail orientation, and excellent engagement skills. The day to day will be a diverse mix of classroom facilitation, internship management, participant meetings and recruitment. An ideal team member will be highly organized, enthusiastically mission driven and eager to grow and develop themselves, OBT Programs and their participants. The ideal candidate will be committed to a model of high expectations with high levels of support and believe in the power of education and meaningful employment to change the life trajectory of young adults.

Professional Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant filed is required: facilitation experience and experience working with young adults impacted by mental health challenges and trauma strongly preferred; should possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well independently and as part of an interdisciplinary diverse team and be able to establish positive relationships with Opportunity Youth; must be a self-starter and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Benefits:  Competitive Salary and Full Benefits; Equal Opportunity Employer

Recruitment & Intake Specialist (Full-Time)

Location: NYC 
Position Code: 3VUD2 

As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates its 35th Anniversary, we are looking for a dynamic and creative Recruitment & Intake Specialist who can help ensure that OBT continues to be an active presence in the community and meets its annual goals for serving New York City youth and adults.  The Recruitment & Intake Specialist will engage local agencies, organizations and community members to identify individuals interested in participating in OBT’s work readiness programs by attending community events, developing local partnerships, and screening interested youth for eligibility.  This person will additionally assist in developing a strategy to further strengthen OBT’s position in the community as a key resource for New York City families.

Reporting to the Director of Outreach and Community Partnerships, the Recruitment & Intake Specialists will interact and collaborate with a variety of individuals and institutions, as well as coordinate with various internal staff to ensure departmental goals are met.  We are looking for an innovative, engaging and organized professional who can develop key relationships, work independently, and manage multiple projects to meet OBT’s annual recruitment goals and develop our presence in the communities we serve.

Who We Are and Where We Are Going:

OBT, a premier Workforce Development organization in NYC, is in the process of developing its next phase of growth, focused on expanding employment opportunities for our clients. Founded in 1983, we have established a proven track record as a strong community-based organization. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment. As a leading Workforce Development training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.

Specific Duties:

  • Provide outreach and recruitment support for select sites and programs; work collaboratively to ensure program enrollment outcomes are met on a regular basis.
  • Participate in community wide events (street fairs, festivals, etc.) to effectively promote all OBT programs.
  • Assist with developing OBT’s outreach and recruitment strategy.
  • Present OBT programs and services at various speaking engagements throughout the city.
  • Follow up with confirmed Salesforce web inquiries/event contacts/partner referrals and direct to appropriate site/program.
  • Update and/or input all Salesforce outreach data information as needed.
  • Obtain content (photos, quotes, etc.) for OBT’s marketing platforms from community events
  • Screen interested candidates for program eligibility and coordinate with staff on the candidate’s next steps in the application process
  • Manage interns or volunteers that are assisting with Recruitment
  • Assist with and participate in OBT’s Annual Fall Gala/Summer Soiree event (OBT’s biggest fundraiser for the year)
  • Travel to all OBT sites and to various events across the five boroughs.
  • Perform all other appropriate duties as assigned by supervisor and Director of Outreach & Community Partnerships

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Associates Degree required, Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimally two years of professional work experience in a relevant field, such as education, youth development, or social work
  • Bilingual required (Spanish, Creole, or Chinese preferred)
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required
  • Experience with Salesforce or other databases preferred
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Must have good customer service skills
  • High degree of discretion dealing with confidential information required
  • High degree of integrity, professionalism and punctuality for all events a must
  • Must be able to work as a team player and independently, must be detail-oriented and able to multitask

Why You Should Join Us:

  • Competitive salary and full benefits
  • Exposure to multiple organizations and agencies providing a variety of services in NYC; expansion of network
  • Challenging, entrepreneurial work environment
  • Company events and outings (Ongoing professional development; coaching; staff retreats)
  • Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

Director of Communications & Marketing (Full-Time)

Location: NYC 
Position Code: SDN9Q

Position Summary

As Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) celebrates it’s 35th Anniversary, we are looking for a dynamic Communications Manager who can help shape the next phase of our growth and ensure that the organization and its mission are visible at all levels and on all media platforms.

Reporting directly to the CEO, we are looking for a motivated and passionate professional who has demonstrated experience developing key relationships with the media and external partners and who can collaborate with various OBT Teams to create new and innovative communications strategies.  The Communications Manager will play an integral role in promoting OBT’s mission and brand on a local, state, and national level and will be responsible for developing a strategic communications plan for the organization, aligned with OBT’s vision for impact, leading its implementation and assessing its effectiveness.

Who We Are and Where We Are Going:

OBT, a premier Workforce Development organization in NYC, is in the process of developing its next phase of growth, focused on expanding employment opportunities for our clients. Founded in 1983, we have established a proven track record as a strong community-based organization. We have assisted thousands of NYC opportunity youth and adults gain critical skills and obtain employment. As a leading Workforce Development training not-for-profit, OBT provides a training program that balances high accountability and high support, with the goal of developing self-sufficiency and providing access to quality career pathways. We are excited to continue to develop on our strong foundation and demonstrated success while meeting the challenges and opportunities of the modern workplace.

Essential Job Functions:

Marketing Strategy Development

  • Develop and implement an organizational strategic communications plan that:
    • increases internal awareness and understanding of OBT’s strategic plan, vision for growth & impact, and inspires members of OBT’s staff to publicly champion the organization’s mission
    • broadens and strengthens OBT’s brand identity across key stakeholders, including donors, elected officials, community partners, and alumni
  • In collaboration with the CEO, create a public relations strategy that allows for OBT leadership to engage and cultivate important relationships with external audiences, including the media, public officials, and community partners
  • In collaboration with the Senior Leadership team, identify organizational and sector-based challenges, and develop responsive communications solutions
  • In collaboration with the Senior Leadership & Development team, develop and implement a robust engagement strategy which engages current and prospective donors and funders, building a dialogue through all communications channels (e-mail, social media, direct mail, face-to-face, and media)

 Digital Marketing & Social Media

  • Ensure that OBT maintains an online presence and social media strategy that remains fresh, building upon social media trends, and advances the organization’s mission and needs
  • Work with Development and Marketing teams to develop electronic communications (website, social media, and email marketing campaigns
  • Curate content and increase engagement on OBT’s social media channels
  • Manage and expand OBT’s visual content library, including photos and videos, and acquiring photo releases from participants
  • Use Google Analytics and other tools to measure and report on the performance of all digital campaigns, as well as site traffic/usage activity 

 Press

  • Strategically prioritize media opportunities, including support in preparing talking points, speeches, presentations, and other supporting material as needed
  • Lead the organization’s media interactions, with a focus on promoting OBT’s impact
  • Cultivate and manage press relationships to ensure coverage of relevant issues, OBT programming, and special events/projects

Branding

  • Oversee the continued development and use of the OBT brand, including the development of OBT branded materials (printed & online)
  • Work with Senior Leadership & Development team to create and publish OBT’s annual report
  • Ensure consistency of all advertising, promotions and communication across platforms

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years’ related work experience
  • Experience in designing and/or executing communications strategies
  • Experience in developing and carrying out successful social media campaigns
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, required
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, In Design, or other image editing and publication software
  • Experience with WordPress and/or HTML, preferred
  • Experience using content management systems and Google AdWords and Analytics
  • Awareness and savvy regarding local economic and education issues; knowledge of workforce development preferred
  • Proven track record in working with reporters to secure press
  • Self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team
  • Experience with planning/and or managing events a plus
  • Ability to prioritize and follow through effectively
  • Desire to consistently connect portfolio of work to OBT’s mission
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish), preferred
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Must be willing to travel across OBT sites and attend external events

Why You Should Join Us: 

  • Competitive Salary and full benefits
  • Exposure to high-level management across NYC; expansion of network
  • Challenging, entrepreneurial work environment
  • Company events and outings (ongoing professional development; coaching, staff retreats)
  • Passionate and motivated staff excited to propel NYC’s youth and adult communities
  • Equal Opportunity Employer