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Youth Employment Specialist, Grades 9-12, Part-time, .5FTE - American Indian OIC

Posted on 8/8/2017 8:39:25 AM

Listing expires 9/5/2017

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Position Title:  Youth Employment Specialist (0.5)


Site:  Takoda Prep



This position will provide work readiness/career exploration curriculum using the Jobs For America’s Graduates competencies.  The Youth Employment Specialist will work with a case load of up to 45 young people, providing tailored project based learning to ensure every young person has a postsecondary plan that fits with their career passions.  The primary student population is youth who are county involved (foster care, truancy, or juvenile justice) and/or young people experiencing homelessness.



Valid Minnesota Teaching License.

English Language Arts (Grades 5-12) License is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to apply youth development principles and commitment to work from a strengths-based perspective

Be open to training on and off site

Passion to work with and support the positive development of youth and young adults that have and continue to face multiple barriers

Demonstrated ability to engage, teach, and motivate youth

Desire to be a team player

Comfortable with being flexible in a fast-paced work environment

Available to sometimes work hours outside of a normal work day

Ability to work effectively with diverse group of staff, clients and internship hosts

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


* Plan culturally appropriate lessons to ensure young people are able to master the key work/career readiness competencies as determined by the Jobs For America’s Graduates Alternative Model through a variety of methods, such as project based learning, experiential learning, hands on activities, one on one learning.  Includes developing workshops that serve people facing employment barriers due to having a criminal background.

* Facilitate career interest surveys, job shadowing, and appropriate work readiness credential opportunities to aid the young person in setting a career course.

*  Work with youth people to develop their career plan, which includes a secondary credential and post-secondary education/training plan.

*  Encourage attendance and engagement through a variety of different approaches that connect to the strengths and motivations of the individual.

*  Connect with program completers monthly through a variety of different communication vehicles to ensure ongoing progress on the identified career plan for one year after program completion.

* Build appreciation for teamwork, sense of belonging, and commitment to civic engagement among young people by organizing and serving as advisor to a JAG Career Association; create training opportunities through hands-on activities, film presentations, guest speakers; assists with civic and social opportunities.

* Collaborate weekly with the ALC Plus Case Coordinator to hold youth study team ensure full support services for young people to meet their immediate and future goals.  Provides students with guidance, counseling, and support within appropriate limits; refers students to additional support services on an as-needed basis; takes responsibility for learning and complying with Engagement Site policies such as mandated reporting, discipline, attendance, and the like.

*  Establish and maintain employment relationships with various vendors in order to secure job leads, internships, and/or training opportunities for participants.

* Complies with all documentation requirements and timelines for the LEAP grant, JAG and for the school site in a timely fashion including contacts and activities involving students, employers, and other groups; develops and maintains a well-organized filing system.

* Maintains appropriate and legal confidentiality of work-related issues, records and data.

* Participates in staff, regional, and statewide meetings, and staff development activities.

* Maintain professional communications with program participants, employers and co-workers.


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


About Takoda Prep

Takoda Prep of AIOIC is an accredited alternative high school under contract with the Minneapolis Public School district (MPS Special District#1). Takoda Prep focuses on helping all students make advancements in reading, writing, and mathematics, while maintaining a strong connection to American Indian culture. The school features a unique, small class environment that allows students to receive more individualized instruction, as well as additional support from the learning community of which they will be a part of once enrolled. Students can also maintain a connection to their home school for extracurricular activities.



Please send cover letter and resume to chrish@aioic.org




   Takoda Prep of AIOIC

   1845 E. Franklin Ave

   Minneapolis, MN 55404

   Phone: (612) 341-3358 ext. 158

   Fax: (612) 436-0361