Reports to: Economic Initiatives Manager

Classification: Full-Time | Non-Exempt

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

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

Summary: The Career Developer works with LGBTQ and allied young adults to acquire the skills needed to identify career pathways and successfully transition into the world of work. A focus is placed on academic enrichment, college and career readiness, core skills needed for workplace success, and direct connection to internship and employment opportunities. This position requires providing services onsite between two partner organizations, The Center and the Ali Forney Center, as well as regular on-site visits to partner organizations across the city.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Unity Works internship program in collaboration with the Ali Forney Center, placing young adults in externship experiences.
  • Assist in recruiting eligible community members for the Unity Works internship program.
  • Train Unity Works participants in career readiness skills.
  • Provide oversight of Unity Works externship placement sites.
  • Engage and maintain relationships with external employers and job development programs (e.g. training and certification for in-demand fields, etc.) to expand opportunity and connection for young adults seeking employment.
  • Provide individualized career coaching to assist young adults in seeking and maintaining employment and oversee individualized program plans to support goals.
  • Facilitate development and implementation of an internship placement program to enhance educational and career outcomes, in collaboration with young adult participants and partner agencies.
  • Work with other Center staff to develop and implement job training, workshops, resume and cover letter writing, internet job search skills, interviewing skills, etc.
  • Provide individual young adults with crisis-intervention, assessment and referral services and enroll members in relevant program services, groups, and training programs.
  • Maintain all client and programmatic files, as required.
  • Participate in weekly Youth Services staff meetings, departmental and Center staff meetings, and professional development training opportunities.
  • 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 preferred or equivalent transferable life/professional experience.
  • Possess a minimum of two (2) to three (3) years of experience working with LGBTQ youth, including knowledge in adolescent development.
  • Previous experience working in job development or career counseling.
  • Strong group facilitation skills.
  • Strong career readiness training skills and experience in employment and counseling skills.
  • Fluency in a language other than English is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with a wide range of workstyles and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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 for Staff in Residential and Congregate Settings 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.

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.