Transition Coordinator, YEP Works

New Orleans, LA
Full Time
Experienced

Organizational Summary

Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is a community-based, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that engages young people through community-based education, mentoring, employment readiness, and enrichment programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community. Our core purpose is to empower young people to improve their lives and the lives of others.

A candidate for this role must share YEP’s Core Values of: 

RESPECT YEP believes all people have value and should be treated with dignity.  

INTEGRITY YEP is honest and sincere.  

PROGRESS YEP believes in ongoing learning and innovation.  

KINDNESS YEP is caring and generous.  

ACCOUNTABILITY YEP is responsible to its participants, families, community, donors and other stakeholders

 

Position Description

The YEP Works Transition Coordinator (TC) will support YEP Works participants in transitioning through the YEP Works training programming and into further employment and training opportunities. The TC will proactively assist youth with securing employment, pursuing postsecondary and advanced training opportunities, or internships following their participation in the YEP Works employment readiness training. The TC works closely with the YEP Works Program Coordinator to build relationships with program participants during their training, as well as offering support during their internship within  the YEP Works businesses (Bike Works & Thrift Works). Additionally, the TC will remain in communication with post-program participants to provide ongoing support and planning the participant’s next steps.  The TC will develop new relationships with local partners, strengthen, maintain, and expand current employer relationships and work with youth to gauge employment challenges and needs. The TC will be supervised by the YEP Works Program Director.

 

Responsibilities

Transition Support

  • Support youth during their enrollment in YEP Works’ programming with goal setting and next steps planning.
  • Assist with facilitation and supervision of YEP Works training classes, as appropriate
  • Monitor and support participants progress through YEP Works internship phase of programming.
  • Communicate regularly with YEP Works Business Managers to monitor intern progress and needs. 
  • Provide case management, barrier reduction, transition support to YEP Woks participants as they prepare to locate educational, training, and employment opportunities following the YEP Works training phase of programming.
  • Support youth once they secure employment by providing regular coaching, mentoring, oversight and intervention on a weekly basis for up to six months post program completion.
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for YEP Works participants and alumni to explore education/ training/ employment opportunities in the community (i.e job fair, college visits, community resource fairs etc.)
  • Cultivate relationships with employers training programs that may serve as potential opportunities for YEP Works participants, interns, and alumni. 

Day-to-Day Responsibilities

  • Model and reinforce work readiness and social emotional learning core competencies taught to youth participants.
  • Document all services provided to youth participants in YEP’s ETO database, as appropriate.
    • Monthly case notes for current and past students documenting participant progress in programming and support services provided.
  • Develop healthy, caring, and professional work environment for youth participants
  • Collaborate and share information with other YEP Works staff to best meet the holistic needs of all youth served
  • Assist with planning and implementing group enrichment activities for YEP Works participants.
  • Participate in external events such as recruitment activities, tabling and community events.
  • Attend and actively participate in regular staff meetings and professional development for YEP staff members
  • Participate in regular team and supervision meetings
  • Ability and willingness to work a “non-traditional” work schedule, including evenings, weekends 

Key Outcomes

  • YEP Works participants receive timely and comprehensive transition services, including referrals to quality external services and opportunities as needed
  • YEP Works interns are able to successful transition into YEP internship that measurable increase their employability and job related skills
  • YEP Works alumni are engaged in appropriate post program opportunities including postsecondary education, further training, and employment opportunities.
  • Services provided are accurately captured in YEP’s internal ETO database and any other externally required platforms in a timely manner.
  • Additional outcomes as developed with supervisor

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, or 2 years of professional work experience
  • Experience working with teens or young adults, with demonstrated ability in developing supportive and trusting relationships with young people.
  • Previous professional experience with case management service delivery and documentation. Experience with providing services within an employment readiness or job training programming context, preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability develop and maintain external relationships and community partnerships that benefit youth participants
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Knowledge and ability to use computers and related technology in order to accomplish key employment responsibilities.
  • Reliable transportation and willingness to transport youth participants using a personal vehicle.

Training

All team members will receive comprehensive on-the-job training from veteran YEP Works staff members. Additional training occurs throughout the first six weeks as well as ongoing professional development opportunities. 

Salary and Compensation

$40,000 - $50,000 annual salary depending upon experience plus an excellent benefits package. YEP provides an option to full-time employees for 100% coverage of health insurance premiums. 

This position is full time. 

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Youth Empowerment Project is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and on our teams. We know that the rich diversity of perspectives and wisdom that is imperative to our purpose can only come from a wide variety of origins and life experiences. We strongly believe that creating a workplace where all team members thrive is critical to fulfilling our mission in the communities we serve and we intentionally recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Qualified candidates are urged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

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