SUMMARY

Latin American Youth Center’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (LAYC/MMYC) in Montgomery County serves youth and young adults ages 16-24 by providing GED instruction, Job Readiness Training and life skills workshops, and wrap around supportive services. Through this holistic experience, participants drive the connections to education and employment and join a welcoming community of peers and staff.

LAYC/MMYC seeks a full time Job Readiness Trainer to provide Job Readiness Training and Job Development services to LAYC/MMYC youth ages 16 to 24  as a part of a collaborative project called MoCo Reconnect. MoCo Reconnect is an initiative of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth, and Families Inc. whereby partner organizations work together to reconnect youth and young adults to educational, workforce and community based services. The Job Readiness Trainer will be responsible for implementing job readiness training workshops with youth who attend programming at one of our sites. Also, the Job Readiness Trainer will identify, develop, and maintain relationships with employers and community resources to create employment opportunities for LAYC/MMYC participants.

This full time position serves 40 hours a week. It is based 3 days per week out of the Silver Spring site located at 8700 Georgia Ave Suite 500, Silver Spring MD 20910 and 2 days per week in a partner’s offices in East County.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Implement relevant job readiness curricula for participants to prepare them for job search and employment, covering areas focused on applied knowledge, effective relationships and workplace skills through group and one-on-one sessions;
  • Conduct activities to enhance motivation, leadership and improve communication skills of participants;
  • Plan and coordinate guest speakers and field trips that align with curriculum and enhance the participants’ understanding of career pathways;
  • Assess work readiness skills of participants;
  • Ensure that employment portfolios are prepared for all youth job seekers in order to facilitate their referrals to job interviews and job placements;
  • Administer skills assessment tests at regular intervals to assess participants’ progress understanding of program components;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with employers across various industry sectors who will have employment and internship opportunities for youth;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with vocational education and apprenticeship programs;
  • Create and implement youth incentives for attendance, advancement, retention, and completion of training and employment placements;
  • Match participants with appropriate jobs and serve as a mediator between employer and youth as needed;
  • Participate in cyber info sessions and training opportunities to be informed of current labor markets and enhance career development strategies;
  • Conduct cold calls to employers with the express purpose of identifying businesses that are currently hiring and establishing relations with those who are not for later follow-up;
  • Maintain a current list of ‘active’ employers, and those to follow up with, which can be engaged in various opportunities including workshops, events, and internships;
  • Develop and maintain relevant employer outreach materials for distribution;
  • Prepare monthly statistics and narrative reports to submit to Program Manager;
  • Prepare reports for annual employment events including Internships and Job Fairs;
  • Maintain complete and accurate records of all job placement, JRT attendance, youth/business satisfaction, outcome completion and retention activities in (ETO) database;
  • Participate in MMYC Montgomery County team meetings and play an active role to further the goal of job placement and job retention;
  • Participate actively in program-wide special events such as orientations, graduations, networking, job fairs, etc;
  • Represent MMYC in county and regional workforce collaborations;
  • Complete all other duties assigned by the Program Manager and;
  • Adheres to all LAYC personnel policies.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Minimum of one (1) year of job development and/or placement experience in either the public or private sector, work with disconnected youth preferred;
  • Knowledge of Maryland labor market trends;
  • Sales experience, marketing and/or public relations experience preferred;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication and presentation skills;
  • Must be computer literate with a working knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 10 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Alycia Chuney at alycia@layc-dc.org