Career Development Specialist

Established in 1854, Forestdale is an innovative, forward thinking Queens-based organization located in Forest Hills on a lush three acre campus. Our goal is to ensure that all children have the fundamental assets they need to thrive: a safe and stable home life; meaningful life and career goals; communication and life skills; and health and sexuality education. Forestdale currently seeks a career development specialist who is an energetic, enthusiastic coach who would provides ongoing employment support for all youth ages 14 to 21.  Support includes career assessment and counseling, mentoring, facilitating employment workshops that includes the development of soft skills; monitoring of the internship program through regular contact with the internship supervisors and identifying  and developing  of potential external employers. Major Responsibilities/Activities Individual employment assessment for all youth ages 14 to 21 Ongoing career counseling for all youth ages 14 to 21 Identify resources which support individual career goals for youth (e.g. educational/vocational programs, internships, trainings) Manage Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) efforts and support youth seeking employment ( Seasonal, PT and FT)  Ensure youth participate in workshops, training programs, and employment events Work closely with internship/externship program participants and supervisors to ensure goals are being met Escort youth to job fairs and other career-building events Assist Program Supervisor of Youth Services in designing and implementing internship program Assist Program Supervisor of Youth Services  in recruiting businesses that will provide  employment and internships for all youth ages 14 to 21 Work collaboratively with internal agency staff to identify employment needs of youth Assist in facilitation and development of Independent Living Skills workshop Assist Educational Specialists in providing educational support services Update databases and submit all necessary reports in a timely manner Conduct outreach to community organizations and maintain a positive rapport with all constituents Assist department in coordination of special events Requirements Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years workforce development experience working with 16-24 year olds Flexibility with work schedule; availability to work at least 3 late evenings a week (e.g. 10-6, 10:30-6:30, 11-7, 12-8, 1-9) and 1 Saturday a month Benefits Four weeks vacation Medical/dental/vision/life/disability insurance Pension plan 401(k), 7% employer contribution + 2% match Tax-deferred health care/dependent care/commuter plans