Reports to: Economic Initiatives Manager

Classification: Full-Time | Non-Exempt

Salary & Benefits: $45,000-$50,000. The Center offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, 401k with employer contribution, voluntary life, short-term, and long-term disability insurance, paid parental, family care, and gender affirming healthcare leave. We also offer a generous paid time off policy.

Schedule: Generally Monday through Friday. Work days and hours may shift depending on scheduling needs; typical schedule will be 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; flexibility required.

Summary: The Employment Support Specialist works with LGBTQ and allied adults in creating employment opportunities, establishing worker cooperatives, opportunities for entrepreneurship, and one-on-one career coaching as it relates to improving their economic stability. The services provided by the Specialist seek to improve personal economies and skillset attainment including access to education, skill set acquisition, and jobs for TGNC individuals, LGBTQ+ women, and LGBTQ+ immigrants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and coordinate programming related to long-term employment goals and job development for LGBTQ and allied young adults.
  • Support members with individual career coaching and counseling, maintaining a caseload of individual career coaching for Center Works members.
  • Collaborate with the Economic Initiatives Manager, develop and enhance Economic Initiatives programming, including developing and implementing co-working spaces, financial literacy and adult education support
  • Advise members and advocate for LGBTQ+ workers rights and connect to legal services as needed
  • Analyze evaluation metrics on an ongoing basis and tailoring structure based on community needs and feedback
  • In conjunction with other Center Works team members, develop and maintain an annual calendar of Center Works opportunities, such as career fairs, workforce development, mentoring, networking, life skills, leadership training, and employer spotlight events which prioritize partnerships that draw a diverse group of community members to The Center.
  • Maintain ongoing job opportunities via e-newsletter to Center Works Members
  • Maintain ongoing attendance records, staff logs and progress reports for all direct service work, including all relevant data entry.
  • Provide Economic Initiatives Manager with monthly, quarterly and annual reports related to direct service work, intake and assessment services, and career development programming for contract reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field or equivalent transferable life/professional experience.
  • Minimum of two (2) to three (3) years of experience working in job development or career counseling.
  • Previous experience in adult education is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in program development, project management, event production, groups facilitation skills, and outreach.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.
  • Excellent leadership, administrative, organization, and written/verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide range of personalities, workstyles, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience working with LGBTQ+, TGNC, POC, and Immigrant populations, including knowledge of the spectrum of gender identity, transgender issues, immigration, and POC issues.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, undoing structural and institutional racism and bias and the spectrum of gender identity and bias. Consideration of the impacts and outcomes in decision-making processes and on underserved and historically oppressed communities.
  • A strong commitment to social justice and the mission of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

The Center is subject to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Commissioner’s Order requiring COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing for Staff in Residential and Congregate Settings announced August 10, 2021 from New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Center is required to comply with this order because we have a number of contracts with New York City.

All current and new staff must either provide a one-time verification that they are fully vaccinated with either a single-dose of an FDA- or WHO-approved one-dose COVID-19 vaccine or the second dose of an FDA- or WHO-approved two-dose vaccine. Those who do not provide documentation of their vaccination status must provide documentation of a negative PCR test every 7 days.

The Center’s Commitment to Equity & Inclusivity:

The Center was born of community activism in response to the AIDS epidemic, ensuring a place for LGBTQ people to access information, care, and support that they were not receiving elsewhere. We opened in 1983 to help people who had doors constantly closed in their faces, ostracized by family, friends, and shunned by the general society. Since that time, we have continually provided a wide array of services and programs to serve our community, with an intentional focus on providing support to those who are most vulnerable. We have always taken great care to be a space that responds to community need; engaging in diversity, equity and inclusion work is another outgrowth of those ongoing efforts. We recognize that in order to help LGBTQ individuals and our diverse community achieve parity in health, justice, opportunity and success outcomes, our organization must hold a strong foundation and competency in, as well as invest organizational focus on, equity and inclusion frameworks, practices and policies. This is also true in our hiring and retention of staff.

The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.