Career Pathways Coordinator

Worcester Community Action Council Inc Worcester, MA Starting from $18.00 per hour
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Founded in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty, Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) is one of 1,000 community action agencies across the U.S. and 23 in Massachusetts created to address disparities throughout the nation.  

Our values of advancing equitable access, elevating all voices, and partnering with people are embedded in the role we play as the federally designated anti-poverty agency for Central and South-Central Massachusetts. WCAC embodies service to the community through our Mission: Helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.   

Our vision is to break the cycle of poverty one neighbor at a time. Through safety-net services and asset building solutions, WCAC creates economic mobility opportunities for tens of thousands of people annually through programs such as energy assistance, early education and care, financial empowerment, positive youth development, and career pathways.  

WCAC is committed to being a responsible and inclusive partner through strong collaboration and a shared client perspective. We are committed to advocating for policies that create equitable access to education, health, social, and economic systems. We are committed to a workplace culture with a shared passion for our mission that promotes teamwork, respect, and the opportunity to make a difference.  

WCAC's Job and Education Center (JEC) offers educational and employment programs for youth ages 16-24 who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen off the traditional educational and career pathways. WCAC is seeking to hire a qualified professional for this newly created Career Pathways Coordinator position. The successful candidate will help clients navigate the process of obtaining employment. This may include resume development, career pathway planning, educational opportunities, and strategic job searches.

WCAC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit package including health, dental, vision, life, 403(b) retirement plan with Agency contribution, flexible spending account, paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick time.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Education, or related field required. Combination of education and relevant experience considered.
  • Demonstrated skills in resume development, career pathway exploration, navigating the hiring process, and strategic job searches.
  • Strong knowledge of education pathways within the Worcester community preferred.
  • Attention to detail and accurate paperwork essential.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills.  
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and have a working knowledge of researching and applying for jobs online.
  • Must be able to multitask and work in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with staff and clients from diverse cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds required.
  • Experience working with at-risk participants required.
  • English/Spanish Bilingual ability preferred.
  • Ability to successfully complete a CORI/SORI review.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement learning tools and curriculum to be utilized by direct service staff.
  • Create and facilitate community workshops. Act as a co-liaison to Worcester community regarding educational and career opportunities.
  • Facilitate cohorts of Peer Leaders using Google Classroom, Signal Success, and additional tools. Identify someone’s strengths and interests and assist them with their work readiness preparation.
  • Work with the JEC team to identify employment and educational opportunities and/or experiences for at-risk, gang or court involved youth.
  • Meet with participants regularly to discuss job related challenges, responsibilities and participant and supervisor relationships.
  • Build partnership with Worcester Public Schools to provide access to resources and recruit for suitable programming.
  • Input and maintain data for all career pathway participants in multiple databases.
  • Train staff in virtual best-practices in supporting participants with career pathway options/explorations.
  • Build a library of work readiness resources and virtual trainings/webinars.
  • Contribute to JEC social media pages. 

Send cover letter and resume specifying position via email to hr@wcac.net or to the Human Resource Department, Worcester Community Action Council, 484 Main St, #200, Worcester, MA 01608. 

Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disability, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, membership in the uniformed services or any other classification which is protected under state or federal law.

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