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MassHire Metro North Workforce Board Youth Programs Specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

BASIC FUNCTION: Reporting to the Director of Youth Programs, the Youth Programs Specialist works as an active and integral member of the MassHire Metro North Workforce Board youth department. The Youth Programs Specialist provides case management, career awareness, and employment services to youth and young adults (14-24) in the Metro North region; database entry and management across multiple platforms for a variety of grants; employer outreach for youth programs, including internship and competitive job placement; develops partnerships with Metro North Region nonprofits, schools, and other organizations as needed to promote workforce initiatives for youth. This Youth Programs Specialist position will spend 50% of time on employer engagement/outreach and the development of job/internship/volunteer opportunities for youth and young adults in our youth programs. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES: ? Develop partnerships with employers to secure internship and employment opportunities for youth and young adults. ? Assist schools and/or educational partners in the identification of employer sites for student internships, student job shadows, and teacher externships. ? Work with a caseload of school partners and nonprofit program providers to provide direct services to youth and administrative support to subrecipient partners ? Work with youth, both individually and in groups, to develop job preparation skills, such as labor market research, resume writing, and interviewing skills. ? Facilitate workshops to various audiences including schools, vendors, and youth groups. Topics may include work readiness, leadership, life skills, and other career-related skills. ? Conduct intake and assessment interviews with referred youth. Maintain ongoing contact with program participants and monitor progress toward completion of program requirements, providing individualized support as needed, including resource and referrals. ? Maintain timely and accurate records, case files and database entries. ? Assist the Director of Youth Programs in preparing reports as needed ? Attend all meetings and trainings deemed necessary by the Director of Youth Programs. ? Organize conferences, workshops, and events, in collaboration with school and community partners. ? The ability to travel, mostly within state (as COVID restrictions allow. See note below regarding current and future work arrangements). DESIRED SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES: ? Experience in business engagement ? Excellent organizational skills ? Creative, problem-solving thinker ? Ability to handle multiple projects/tasks simultaneously ? Ability to work both independently as well as a member of a team ? Excellent written and oral communication skills ? Ability to provide culturally competent, trauma-informed services to diverse youth ? Ability to develop new partnerships and strengthen existing ones ? Preferred language skills: English and Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience demonstrating sufficient competency to fulfill position duties and responsibilities. *NOTE: Currently, all staff have the option of working 100% remotely. Starting in September, all staff will be asked to attend in-person the following: all-staff meetings (twice monthly), all-staff trainings/events that management has determined should be held in-person, and meetings/events at the discretion of the employee?s supervisor that the supervisor has deemed necessary for in-person attendance. Beyond these instances, staff will be allowed to choose remote, in-office, or hybr