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Employment Specialist

Lantern Community Services

Lantern operates a supported employment program that promotes work as a critical component of an individual's independence. The program strives to dramatically increase the number of tenants who retain competitive employment, receive competitive salaries and develop the skills and self sufficiency to create an independent future. The supported employment program emphasizes the transformational impact that employment can have on individuals. The Employment Specialist will play a key role in operationalizing the program. She/he will be the primary person responsible for providing employment services at a Lantern site and will report directly to the Program Director. This is an exempt position.


•Generate sustained enthusiasm and interest in employment among tenants and staff;

•Work closely with case management staff to develop an integrated employment model;

•Guide tenants through employment processes, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and ongoing employment;

•Assist tenants 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;

•Attend trainings and staff meetings, as required;

•Develop and implement all employment activities using best practices techniques, and

•Other job-related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate is experienced in employment services and/or workforce development and has a background working with persons with mental illness. Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in a related field preferred. She/he possesses 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.

Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. Candidates being considered for the position must sign a release form for LCS to perform a criminal background check.

To apply, please send a resume with cover letter to "". Please include "Employment Specialist" in the subject line of your message. No phone calls, please.

About Organization:
Lantern Community Services ("LCS") is the social service affiliate of Lantern Organization, a not-for-profit housing developer and service provider, established in 1997 to strengthen New York City communities by providing affordable housing and opportunities for personal development. LCS provides services to residents living in more than 1000 units of permanent affordable and supportive housing for low-income families and individuals living with special needs including mental illness, HIV/AIDS, as well as young adults aging out of foster care.



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