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Schafer Prosper Employment & Education Specialist

Lantern Community Services


Description
This is a full-time position located at both Schafer Hall (East Harlem) and Prospero Hall (East Harlem) which requires a flexible schedule with at least one evening shift on a weeknight and one shift on a Saturday or Sunday.

Job Description: The Employment and Education Specialist (EESP) is responsible for working with young adults aged out of foster care and single adults who are formally homeless, low-income and suffering from serious and persistent mental illness, living in supportive housing, to promote education and employment as a critical component of a client's independence. Using a client-centered approach, the EESP strives to dramatically increase the number of clients who retain a GED, vocational training resources and competitive employment, receive competitive salaries and develop the skills and self-sufficiency to create an independent future. The EESP emphasizes the transformational impact that education and employment can have on individuals and s/he will play a key role in operationalizing the Employment and Education program. The EESP will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving young adults and single adults impacted by mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness. The EESP will report to the Director of Employment and Education. This is an exempt position.

Responsibilities:

• Generate sustained enthusiasm and interest in employment among clients and staff;
• Work closely with case management staff to develop an integrated employment model;
• Guide clients through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and ongoing employment;
• Assist clients with developing appropriate social skills and work habits;
• Conduct trainings, as needed, on topics which may include soft skills, resume writing and entitlements management;
• Develop and access employment opportunities within community;
• Educate clients about how their benefits will be affected by earned income;
• Participate in weekly meetings with mental health services staff to coordinate services and generate ideas to help clients achieve their education and employment goals;
• Attend trainings and staff meetings, as required;
• Develop and implement all employment activities using best practices techniques, and
• Other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is experienced in employment services and/or workforce development and has a background working with similar populations. A Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree with a focus on Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or Human Services is strongly preferred. The candidate must possess the ability to work independently and successfully in a start- up operation, strong interpersonal and communications skills, including excellent writing ability, demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to perform complex tasks with limited supervision.

Preferred:
Master’s degree with a focus on Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or Human Services is strongly preferred.

How TO APPLY:
Please email a cover letter and resume to: eesp.schaferprospero@lanterngroup.org.

Note: Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for Lantern Community Services to perform a criminal background check.

Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

About Organization:
Lantern Organization, a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider established in 1997 to strengthen New York City communities, provides permanent supportive housing for more than 1,400 single adults and families living with special needs, including chronic homelessness, HIV/AIDS and mental illness, as well as young adults aging out of the foster care system. Following the Housing First model, Lantern Community Services, the social service affiliate of Lantern Organization, provides a complement of counseling and supportive services to help clients stabilize their lives, maintain their housing stability and advance towards their individualized goals, including financial independence.


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