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Reentry Employment Specialist

Company: Housing Works
Location: New York
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

It is an essential job requirement to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for this role. If you need an accommodation of any kind for religious or disability reasons, including related to this job requirement, please contact Human Resources.
Housing Works was founded in 1990; With a long-term commitment to AIDS advocacy. Housing Works established New York State's first harm reduction-based, OASAS-licensed outpatient drug treatment program. Other services include Health Home care management, behavioral health, and syringe exchange programs. A pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, Housing Works operates 10 high-end thrift shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a much-loved Bookstore Cafe in Soho. For more information, visit
Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention, and treatment, among other lifesaving services.
We have three comprehensive healthcare plans to choose from based on your priorities and budget. Housing Works covers most of the plan; you pay a portion, based on your salary. Staff begins accruing PTO immediately for a total of up to 30 days earned in the first year. We offer employees an educational benefit. This money is available for tuition loan reimbursement, tuition costs, and text books.
Housing Works provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements. Housing Works complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. Housing Works also does not request prior salary information during the hiring process. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
This position is included in a bargaining unit of Housing Works' New York City employees represented by a labor union known as the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union ("RWDSU"). Accordingly, the RWDSU has the exclusive right to bargain over the terms and conditions of employment related to this position and this position may become covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (a "CBA") between Housing Works and the RWDSU
Compensation Range: $60,000 - $65,000 annually commensurate with experience
Overview: The Housing Works Inc. Reentry Services Program is a collaboration between Housing Works Inc. and The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) to provide comprehensive, holistic reentry services to individuals with criminal justice involvement reintegrating into the five borough communities. Reporting to the Workforce Development Manager, the Job Developer, aka Employment Specialist, will be responsible for building relationships and formalizing partnerships with NYC employers and community-based organizations to result in program referrals and the development of career opportunities for clients enrolled in the program. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: meeting weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual targets for linkage agreements and outreach, conducting business development presentations to employers and hiring managers, conducting program service presentations to other community-based organizations to result in referrals to the Justice Initiatives Department, create and maintain an account management system for engaging and re-engaging partners, create innovative career pathways for justice-involved individuals and enhance program visibility within the five boroughs. The Job Developer, aka Employment Specialist, will have knowledge of the criminal justice system and working with the justice involved population, experience in the workforce development sector of services, experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external partners and an innovative, strategic method of meeting deliverables.

  • Develop innovative career, employment and internship pathways for clients enrolled in the program.
  • Create and maintain career maps for the workforce development team to utilize when preparing clients for the workforce.
  • Participate in outreach and recruitment events.
  • Ability to utilize Labor Market Index (LMI) reports to generate a list of employers to outreach and target for business development efforts.
  • Lead the business development component of the program and present to team members on job market availability and current partnerships.
  • Develop, and maintain, systems for data and account management.
  • Complete daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports by associated deadlines.
  • Meet program and contractual targets assigned.
  • Match employer needs with client needs and qualifications to assist with placing clients in short-term and permanent placement opportunities.
  • Create partner distribution lists engage and re-engage partners on a monthly basis.
  • Ability to develop and execute a strategic plan for targeting accounts and partnerships.
  • Evaluate program component and identify areas for growth and quality improvement efforts.
  • Participate in quality assurance and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
  • Provide culturally competent services in accordance to Housing Works policies and practices.
  • Promotes Housing Works core values consistently.
  • Works collaboratively with other supervisors within the Justice Initiatives Department and cross-agency.
  • Presents services to other departments within Housing Works.
  • Ability to create visual data presentations.
  • Ability to track and meet program targets assigned.
  • Attend and participate staff meetings and trainings as scheduled.
  • Responsiveness to emails, texts and phone calls.
  • Adhere to agency and program policies.
  • Ability to adapt and successfully uphold job functions in a full remote workforce or hybrid in-person remote workforce environment.
  • Adhere to remote workforce policies, procedures and protocols. Minimum Requirements
    • Bachelor's Degree Required.
    • 2-4 years of relevant experience working in human services with individuals involved in the criminal legal system with mental health, substance use or behavioral health needs.
    • 3-5 years of relevant experience in the sales or business development sector.
    • Preferably bi-lingual in Spanish.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Excellent or proficient technical skills to perform tasks related to Microsoft Office, email and case management systems.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with the team.
    • Ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.
    • Dependability and reliability to arrive and depart timely for scheduled shift.
    • Ability to frequently travel within the boroughs via public transportation and work from transient office locations.

Keywords: Housing Works, New York , Reentry Employment Specialist, Human Resources , New York, New York

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