Rising Ground, Inc

Career Development Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Bronx
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/21/2021 10:25 AM)
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Career Development Specialist reports to the Program Director. Career Development Specialists’ overall job is to build positive relationships with young people and work in collaboration with Coaches to assist young people with their career development goals. Career Development Specialists can also provide “targeted services” (or specific services) to young people who do not want to participate in longer-term coaching. The specific interactions are always driven by the young person, and where that young person is on their journey.


  • Oversee any onsite job readiness program(s) (e.g., YA WORC), including enrollment and scheduling of program cycles
  • Assist young people to identify, apply for and enroll in appropriate internship programs
  • Conduct careers assessments with young people
  • Help young people create, update and/or refine resumes
  • Meet with young people who are not on a college-bound track (or who have left college) to explore alternative post-secondary pathways and career paths in line with their interests and skills
  • Advise young people on vocational, training, other post-secondary programs, and pathways other than college
  • Help young people apply to external programs, including vocational and workforce development programs (after speaking with their Coach)
  • Meet with young people who are enrolled in college to do career planning
  • Build relationships with external programs and employers to serve as pipeline
  • Assist with job applications, when needed
  • Check-in with employers after the 3-month, 6-year, and 1-year mark to verify persistence.

Essential Functions

  • Complete the Fair Futures Overview Training and specific career-based trainings
  • Utilize the Fair Futures Data Base to enter contacts and open, track and close career goals once completed.
  • Work with the Independent Living Specialist to ensure that young people turning 14 y/o have vital documents so that an application for working papers can be completed in time for summer youth or other internship opportunities.
  • Alert case planners and youth of internship and employment opportunities.


  • Experience in the area of career development/ workforce development
  • Ability to organize their time and prioritize responsibilities in order to plan and carry out all duties.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in team settings and build relationships with external partners.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong time-management, organizational skills, and attention to detail.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology, or related social service field and 2 years of housing related experience OR An associate degree with at least 3+ years of housing experience.
  • Experience in the field of employment or work readiness
  • Experience with system-involved or at-risk young people strongly preferred.


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