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Job Developer
Who We are Looking For

An energetic candidate that exhibits professionalism, exceptional interpersonal skills, experience in job development, placement, or community services, and a genuine desire to make an impact in their community. Ideally the candidate is bi-lingual, has experience engaging with people across the diversity spectrum, and comfortable building professional relationships with teens and local employers. The Job Developer is specifically aimed at supporting graduating Norwich Free Academy (NFA) students in attaining gainful employment; steady, self-sustaining income with a single employer in the Greater Norwich region. This position’s primary function is to assess students’ work experience and skill sets, assist in the development of job search skills and strategy, screen and refer candidates to employers for interviews, provide additional supports including referral to local social service supports as needed. The Job Developer will develop and maintain relationships with employers to build a portfolio of job opportunities for students.

What You Will Do

Under the supervision of the Vice President of Community Impact and support from NFA leadership, the Job Developer will coordinate responsibilities that drive to the end goal of students needing additional support and direction to gain employment above ALICE levels. This position will oversee a comprehensive resource program and support plan that delivers the following priorities:

  1. Develop and maintain relationships between NFA and employers to build a portfolio of job opportunities by using local labor market data to identify hiring trends and prospective employers; participating in business networks, such as the Chamber of Commerce or local job councils; hosting employer open houses and/or advisory councils.
  2. Connect students to support services and resources if needed to be completely job ready.
  3. Use established processes to support and track students attaining gainful employment.
Job Development
  • Develop, implement, and document plans for job placement service and independent job search
  • Develop a knowledge of best practices for resume development, interviewing, and job searching
  • Research job opportunities; Develop and maintain relationships with employers
  • Work with identified seniors and graduates to understand their options and career goals
  • Screen and refer for employment opportunities until objectives are met
  • Document business development, track students attaining gainful employment, create bi-annual reports and share with stakeholders
  • Assess skills, work experience, credentials, and education
  • Screen, prepare, and refer to open opportunities, as appropriate; Attain employer feedback on candidates
  • Participate in case conferencing with colleagues
  • Screen and refer graduates to job opportunities according to employer specifications, Follow-up with job candidates and employers
  • Student Case Management Support
  • Screen students for any barriers to employment and identify support services and resources to help them become job ready and ensure they utilize these resources.
  • Help students apply for scholarships, FAFSA and other opportunities for financial assistance
  • Coordinate class trips to employers, career fairs and other career exploration events
Community Collaboration & Partnerships
  • Work with local Chambers of Commerce, including attending events.
  • Work with NFA leadership, counselors, and the Anne Macaione Mitchell 44' College & Career Center
  • Attend local job fairs and assist with the coordination of job fairs/exploration events on the NFA campus.
  • Work with partner organizations such as American Job Center, Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board,TVCCA, Eastern CT Transportation Consortium, Eastern Alliance Manufacturing Alliance.
What You Need
  • At least 2 years experience in job development and/or social services.
  • Experience working with youth and young adults in program, mentor/coach, or social service settings.
  • Positive relationship-building, for the management of participants and employer partners
  • Ability to work independently; Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication, including documentation skills
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, spreadsheet, database, email, and internet experience).
  • Excellent public relations and customer service skills; Effective public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Research and analytical skills; Ability to organize and manage complicated projects and work plans.
  • Ability to perform as an effective team leader and member.
  • Valid driver’s license, approved driver record check, and ability to drive to and from events.
  • This position will be located directly at Norwich Free Academy (NFA). Must complete fingerprinting angain approval through NFA for hire.This position is a temporary role with a termination date two years from the start date unless additional funding is made available.
Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt union position. United Way provides excellent benefits, retirement once qualified, and paid time off. Annual salary range is $42,466 to $55,677 based on prior experience. This is a community-funded position for two-years with the opportunity to extend if funding is secured. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, July 15 via email to: Scott Umbel, Vice President of Community Impact.

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

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