FreshMinistries – Youth Employment Specialist

Posted Feb 21, 2023 Jacksonville, Florida


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Expires Apr 30, 2023


The Youth Employment Specialist helps to prepares youth, ages 14-18, to successfully enter and maintain employment. This includes career exploration, work readiness training, opportunities to gain work experience, occupational skills training and engaging local business to support these efforts. This position may be considered “hybrid” for the right, motivated individual.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Establish relationships with businesses in Duval County that are willing to provide internships, trainings and jobs to high risk youth. Gathering information: labor market, wage/salary, legislative, demographic, business/social trends, participant, program, employers. Staying abreast of labor market and hiring trends and assessing their effect on our programs and participants. Adapting workshop material as appropriate given the trends/making program recommendations based on trends. Collaborating with coworkers and staff from other public and private nonprofit agencies including case managers, eligibility workers, vocational counselors, OJT job developers, job developers, family service workers. Facilitating and co-facilitating employment preparation and skills workshops. Maintain records, documentation and perform other related duties as required. Attend scheduled meetings, trainings and workshops.


Knowledge of basic employee rights and responsibilities Recruit employers, establish relationships with businesses and community referral agencies. Provide current local labor-market information and develop job leads. Schedule employment interviews and debrief participants/employers. Provide on-going role modeling of soft skills: being punctual, timely follow through, being polite/assertive and having a positive attitude. Administer, review and interpret vocational tests. Assist participants in identifying transferable skills, potential skills and skills related to local job market by setting realistic employment goals. Assist with the development of master application forms/writing resumes. Motivate and work with youth from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Education and Experience

Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: Experience: Two - three (2-3) years experience working as a Youth Employment Coordinator with a culturally diverse population of youth and families who are at risk. Experience recruiting employers, establishing relationships with business and community referral agencies. Excellent communication and conflict resolution skills. Excellent written and oral skills. Experience in conducting job readiness training. Experience in job placement. Culturally competent and demonstrated leadership skills. Education: Bachelor degree in a relevant field may be substituted for 2 years experience as a Youth Employment Specialist.

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How to Apply

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Michelle Harcourt | Email