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Vocational Counselor/Resume Writer

The Fortune Society


Title: Vocational Counselor/Resume Writer
Unit: Employment Services
Reports to: Supervisor of Transitional Work and Vocational Support
Status: Full Time/Regular/Non-Exempt
Job Code: TBD
Location: Long Island City
Days/Hours: Monday – Friday; 9am – 5pm, Subject to change based on program needs
Date Prepared: April 10, 2017

Position Summary:
The Fortune Society is seeking to fill the position of Transitional Work Coordinator for the Employment Services unit. The candidate is responsible for recruiting up to 130 transitional workers, placement at transitional work sites, overseeing progress at the work site and facilitating weekly structured job club curriculum. The Employment Service unit services 500-700 jobseekers annually and is comprised of a team of 24 (Account Managers, Career Advisors, Workshop Facilitators, Program Coordinators, Managers, Directors, AVP). The unit has developed the Transitional Work Program, a paid, part-time, temporary position for individuals with involvement in the criminal justice system, some of whom are graduates from vocational training programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Distributing and collecting applications and collecting funding information, demographical data, and criminal justice history on applicants;
• Following up with Transitional Work Program candidates identified by internal staff, database search, and client walk-ins to determine eligibility;
• Screening applicants to determine if long-term goals are in line with the program and collection information on career field of interest;
• Matching transitional workers to work sites based on contract requirements, skill sets, employment background, education level, and criminal justice involvement;
• Assist in onboarding clients with Human Resources and managing program orientation;
• Collecting, reviewing and submitting transitional workers’ timesheets, interfacing with HR department around payroll issues, tracking paystubs in client records;
• Conducting site visits to monitor transitional workers’ progress, job opportunity, and discuss areas needing improvement with site supervisors;
• Assisting in resolving client issues; intermittent one-on-one counseling with clients;
• Facilitating weekly job club sessions based on previously developed curriculum; adjusting curriculum as needed;
• Coordinating case conferences along with staff from other departments as needed;
• Assisting in development of additional work sites that coincide with client skills sets, employment background, education level and criminal justice involvement by distributing and collecting linkage agreements, outreach to new employers, and attending relevant employer events;
• Cultivating permanent, full time job opportunities and liaising with Account Managers to match transitional workers phasing out of the program with full-time employment opportunities;
• Liaising with HR department regarding new hires, terminations, and internship end dates;
• Entering information into internal databases and maintaining paper files; and
• Other duties as assigned.

• HS Diploma required, BA preferred;
• 3 - 5 years of experience as a job developer, case manager, or facilitator;
• Professional demeanor;
• Experience working with formerly incarcerated or substance abuse population a plus;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Proficient in MS Office; proficient in MS Outlook; intermediate knowledge of MS Excel;
• Ability to learn Fortune’s internal databases;
• Ability to execute multiple assignments and flexibility to work within a dynamic, fast-moving environment; and
• We seek talented, dedicated individuals from all walks of life who possess a strong commitment to this mission. Relevant personal experience is a plus.

Travel Requirements – Long Island City office and quarterly travel to partners throughout the five boroughs as they relate to employer cultivation and site visits.

Physical Demands:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities and requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, minimum education, training, licensing, experience and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Fortune Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of conviction history, race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.


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Posted on 05/01/17; CVMHA ID #10976