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Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

Career Development Specialist

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

BWI, in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), operates the NYCHA Resident Training Academy (NRTA) - a set of job training programs that provide public housing residents with full-time skills training opportunities followed by job placement with NYCHA and NYCHA Contractors. The Career Development Specialist will prepare trainees for employment, primarily for the Caretaker training program. The Career Development Specialist will also provide training and support to BWI's portfolio of training programs.

The Career Development Specialist will be responsible for facilitating and implementing the job readiness curriculum. S/he will serve as the primary instructor for three weeks of full-time training. Other duties will include supporting applicant recruitment, assessment and selection as well as graduate retention and advancement support. S/he will report to the NYCHA Resident Training Academy Director, and work closely with other BWI staff and NYCHA staff.

Primary responsibilities will include:

Facilitating NRTA related job readiness trainings.

Establishing and enforcing high standards of trainee conduct, motivating trainees to succeed. Assisting participants in resume and cover letter preparation to promote their experience and abilities.

Implementing, revising, and evaluating existing curriculum; develop additional lessons and materials as needed.

Connecting trainees to employment opportunities and social supports. ? Tracking NRTA candidates as they progress through BWI and NYCHA’s assessment and selection processes. ? Participating in candidate selection process including conducting assessment interviews and program tryouts.

Providing job training, job retention and career advancement assistance to program participants and alumni.

Tracking participant performance, including job placement verification and job retention and advancement, in BWI’s customized database.

Escorting trainees to NRTA training related events including presentations and site visits.

Facilitating weekly TABE tests, information sessions and other recruitment events.

Special projects and other duties as assigned.

Experience teaching and/or facilitating groups of individuals with barriers to employment required.

Enthusiasm and respect for working with low-income adults; strong commitment to the missions of both BWI and NYCHA’s Department of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability.

Must be well-organized and thorough, with strong attention to detail, and motivated.

Friendly, professional demeanor. Excellent communication and relationship-building skills. Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment.

Excellent data management and computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel & Internet).

Ability to travel to multiple sites in NYC and available to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

Email cover letter, resume, and salary history/requirement by March 31st, 2014 to: Emily Nelson, Director NYCHA Resident Training Academy Only resumes with a cover letter will be considered. No phone calls, please.

BWI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). People of color, women, and local residents are encouraged to apply.

About Organization:
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI) is a nonprofit workforce development organization that helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers to establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement (



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