Employment Specialist

Job Title: Employment Specialist


Reports To: Associate Director of Partnerships and Alumni Services

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School's mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.


YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth, but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture and rigorous real world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self aware and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.


YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program's three core values - respect, excellence and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary: 

The Employment Specialist will serve as the lead in creating more opportunities in employment for our Students and Alumni. This role will build strong relationships with our Partners offering employment opportunities and monitor the success of our students/alumni at these partnerships. The Employment Specialist will lead special projects to increase employment opportunities and provide on-going professional development for Alumni during Year 2. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Initiate and proactively develop strong relationships with alumni and students, as well as program and AmeriCorps staff, Partners, and coordinate their involvement to support students/alumni in their Career Paths. 
  • Assist in the development of the College and Career Readiness curriculum and Provide direct instruction for the course. 
  • Create employment opportunities for Students and Alumni that will allow them to gain experience in fields they are interested in as well as financial stability. 
  • Manage quarterly placement documentation for Year 2 
  • Monitor retention and evaluation of placements to determine ongoing involvement with the Partnerships. 
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a Job Board for our Alumni and Partners. 
  • Manage the Alumni Professional Development Calendar and organize the monthly events on Professional Development. 
  • Conduct individual meetings with students/Alumni to determine and prepare for appropriate employment opportunities. 
  • Provide specific communication and reminders to Students, Staff, and Alumni on up and coming events with detailed information. 
  • Assist with students who go inactive during Year 1 with planning. 



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (exceptional candidates with an Associate’s degree or significant experience may be considered)  
  • At least three years of experience in youth development, workforce development, college access, transition services and/or as employer of young adults  
  • Intermediate to Advanced skills in Google products, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as the ability to integrate a wide-range of technology and data management into daily work 
  • High level of professionalism and customer-service skills Strong communication skills and ability to present to large groups 
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented project completion skills 
  • Desire to primarily focus on developing partnerships and designing program experiences 
  • Commitment to preparing students/alumni for postsecondary options and willingness to promote a wide range of education, careers, year of service, armed forces and other options   
  • Ability to travel to locations, organizations or events in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties 
  • Basic familiarity with employment tools (resumes, etc), colleges, and federal financial aid/FAFSA  
  • Experience managing partnerships 
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia postsecondary education institutions and/or labor market Interest in researching, innovating, and designing programs that guide alumni towards adult self sufficiency  
  • Experience in classroom instruction, training delivery or workshop facilitation 
  • Experience in planning and implementing program or event logistics  

Common Competencies

  • Mission driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Intermediate to advanced Google Suite skills
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Clearance Requirements

  • FBI - Criminal History Report 
  • PATCH - Pennsylvania Police Department - Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • TB Test Results
  • Act 24 - Arrest Conviction Form
  • NSOPW - National Sex Offender Clearance

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.