In collaboration with the Mayor’s Workforce Development Board, the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) is the recognized leader for implementing successful workforce development initiatives for city of Detroit residents and employers.
Under the supervision of the Director of Youth Program Services, the Youth Employment Navigator will provide customized support to GDYT program participants, with focus on youth with differing abilities. The Youth Employment Navigator must be familiar with resources and policies that affect the respective populations and be able to work effectively with youth and employers alike.
In partnership with Youth Program staff and partners, specifically Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), the Youth Employment Navigator will develop comprehensive employment plans and ensure unrestricted participation for youth with disabilities, customized to meet their needs and career goals.
• Assist youth navigate the enrollment experience, including registration, orientation and evaluation;
• Administer assessments to identify barriers to employment retention/training completion, and respond diligently and confidentially to address challenges;
• Monitor the youth’s summer employment and work-based learning experience(s) to ensure adequate progress towards Individual Service Strategies and program outcomes;
• Provide direct coaching and intensive support to participants via customized service delivery strategies;
• Oversee auxiliary training for eligible participants (i.e. Work Readiness, Pre-Employment Assessments, Life Skills Training, etc.) in accordance with anticipated milestones;
• Assist participants set goals and achieve outcomes relating to increased independence in the workplace/training settings;
• Maintain consistent communication with employers, training providers and program staff for data gathering and ongoing support;
• Assess, navigate and refer participants in need of social supports to appropriate partners/service providers, including WIOA Providers;
• Understand and provide individual advocacy regarding the affects of SSI/SSDI, DHHS, and other benefits regarding participation in subsidized and unsubsidized earning experiences;
• Mitigate interruption in program participation and/or participant issues as necessary;
• Maintain electronic case management and data systems to ensure accurate reporting; and
• Participate in meetings with team members, community partners and DESC leadership.
The above functions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this role. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of the position.
• Prior experience working with the Youth with Disabilities demographic;
• Detail-oriented, resourceful and strong follow-through skills;
• Must be proficient using spreadsheets, word processing, database and presentation software;
• Prior experience working in schools and/or urban communities, with a relentless commitment to improving the outcomes of urban youth;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be able to communicate effectively in person, in writing and virtually;
• Strong training and facilitation skills; and
• Strong organizational skills.
The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service, Youth Development, Education, Community Service, Child and Family Services, or another related field; or equivalent work experience
• At least three (3) years experience in a role that focused on positive youth development is required;
• Relevant experience collaborating with local human or social service resources;
• Experience researching and analyzing training and workforce initiatives and general knowledge of workforce trends highly desirable; and
• At least five (5) years of related professional experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
LICENSES: Valid State of Michigan Driver’s License – Position requires field work.
OTHER: Background check and drug screen required. Salary commensurate with experience.
The Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within our organization. DESC actively seeks applications from women, persons of color, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.