Job Title: Career Pathways Manager
Reports to: Director of Workforce Development
Category: Workforce Development
Background on UTEC, Inc.
UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach, reaching proven high-risk youth where they’re at. UTEC engages youth in workforce development and educational programs, and provides mental health services and intensive case management. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming. For more info, please visit www.utecinc.org.
UTEC is committed to its vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which pledges to honor the lived experiences and expertise of individuals; create community and celebration of cultures; challenge all forms of oppression; and embody a culture that leans into discomfort and recognizes it as a growth opportunity. UTEC is dedicated to fair and equitable compensation practice, the health, mental health, and overall well-being of young adults and staff and to creating an environment that supports work-life balance and the individual and professional growth of all.
The Career Pathways Manager oversees external workforce opportunities and permanent job placement for young adults in the “Enterprise” phase of UTEC’s Workforce Development Program. Pathways Manager supports young adults’ success in external job placements for 2 years post-UTEC completion. The Career Pathways Manager contributes to the development of new and existing programmatic elements related to preparing young adults for employment and higher education beyond UTEC, including workshops on job searching, mock interviews, and 1:1 weekly/bi-monthly meetings for young adults in a UTEC-based or external internship. The individual also supports young adults in private sector employment placements, continued education, and training opportunities.
- Manage “Enterprise” portfolio Create individual service plans
- Coordinate certification completion
- Regularly review and assess data on YA progress
- Partner with the Transitional Coaches, Program Managers, and Social Enterprise Directors to support YA success
- Actively contribute to UTEC’s job development curriculum
- Develop and facilitate activities and workshops for YA’s who are phasing out of UTEC’s WFD program, preparing them for internships and permanent jobs
- Assess young adults’s job development needs and ensure those needs are met through workforce development activities and coaching
- Work with YA’s to identify additional certification needs
- Document completion of certifications, professional resume, mock interviews, continuing education, and job obtainment
- Develop and maintain relationships with external partners
- Secure external internships and permanent jobs for youth who have demonstrated progress and success
- Partner with UTEC’s Social Enterprise Team to further cultivate the external partnerships developed for UTEC’s enterprises
- Solicit feedback from job/internship placement sites regarding YA performance. Track performance in Quickbase
- Contact with youth’s employers once they are permanently employed on a quarterly basis ● Build a Career Pathways community
- Plan, organize and lead quarterly events, trips, and gatherings for Career Pathways young adults to build community, share experiences and learn from one another
- Understanding of young adult development required; prior experience with high risk young adults preferred
- Understands lesson planning, possesses excellent communication skills and makes group learning fun and engaging
- Open to feedback and personal and professional improvement
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to build relationships with both program participants and colleagues
- Knowledge of career readiness skills, workforce programs or social enterprises
- Ability to utilize data to develop and track benchmarks for success
- Ability to multi-task and adapt to a changing environment
- Upholds the organization’s mission, values, and vibe
- Strong knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks and/or practices
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred by not required
- At least 2 years of career services and/or youth development experience
- Bilingual/bicultural preferred
- Physical Requirements
- Able to travel as needed
- Must have a vehicle; reliable access to a vehicle is a job requirement
Salary/Benefits: The starting salary for this position is $60,000 plus benefits. UTEC offers a competitive benefits package that starts with 4 weeks of vacation (3 standard for all new employees and a week of agency-wide closure between the Christmas and New Year holidays), 12 holidays, 10 sick days, 2 personal days, health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, an annual cost of living increase, a 457B retirement plan and up to $4,000 per employee of professional development support. With time, benefits grow to include up to 6 weeks of vacation, 80% coverage of employee health and dental insurance costs and availability for a 3 week sabbatical.
UTEC also stresses the importance of work-life balance and offers several wellness opportunities including additional time off (i.e. for the past two years we have closed at 3pm on Fridays during the summer months), an employee assistance program, down payment assistance for first time home buyers, parental leave, bereavement supports and unlimited free coffee!