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Career Development Specialist

This Position Has Been Filled

A Career Development Specialist is responsible for helping individuals identify and achieve their career goals. They provide guidance, support, and resources to assist clients in making informed career decisions, building job-search skills, and advancing in their chosen field. The Career Development Specialist, with a focus on data and analyzation, is responsible for providing critical support to the Workforce Program Manager and Workforce Employer Engagement Manager. This role involves data collection, analysis, and reporting to enhance the effectiveness of workforce development programs and employer engagement efforts. The specialist will work collaboratively with the program and employer engagement teams to improve strategies and outcomes.

This position reports to: Director of Workforce Development

The Urban League of Philadelphia is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals without discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or any other non-merit factor.

JOB TYPE

Full-Time Position | Hybrid Role – Center City Philadelphia Office

CORE COMPETENCIES

Innovative Thinker                                        

Program Management                                   

Social Media Platforms

Communication (Verbal & Written)      

Relationship Management                          

Organizational Skills

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Data Collection and Management:

                     

  • Gather and maintain data related to program participants, including demographics, employment history, skills assessments, and career goals.

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  • Create and manage databases or systems for organizing and storing program-related data.

Data Analysis:

  • Analyze program data to identify trends, areas of improvement, and potential challenges.

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  • Develop reports and visualizations to track program outcomes and performance.

Evaluation and Assessment:

  • Collaborate with the Workforce Program Manager and Employer Engagement Manager to assess the effectiveness of workforce development initiatives.

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  • Utilize data analysis to provide insights and recommendations for program improvements.

Reporting:

  • Generate regular and ad-hoc reports on program metrics, participant progress, and employer engagement activities.

  • Prepare reports and presentations for program stakeholders, including funders, board members, and government agencies.

  • Prepare reports on the effectiveness of career development programs and services.

Quality Assurance:

  • Ensure the accuracy and integrity of program data and analysis.

  • Implement quality control measures to maintain data consistency.

Strategic Planning:

  • Work with the management team to develop and implement strategies for achieving program goals and improving participant outcomes based on data analysis, industry trends, and employer needs.

Employer Engagement Support:

  • Collaborate with the Workforce Employer Engagement Manager to identify opportunities for employer partnerships and improve the employment prospects of program participants.

Program Development:

  • Contribute to the development of new workforce development programs based on data analysis, industry trends, and employer needs.

Client Assessment:

  • Conduct in-depth assessments to understand clients’ interests, skills, strengths, and career aspirations.

  • Analyze assessment results to provide personalized career recommendations.

Career Counseling:

  • Offer one-on-one career counseling sessions to clients, discussing their career goals and helping them create actionable plans.

  • Provide guidance on educational paths, skill development, and career transitions.

Job Search Support:

  • Assist clients in developing effective job search strategies, including resume writing, cover letter writing, and interview preparation.

  • Help clients navigate job boards, job search engines, and networking opportunities.

Networking:

  • Advise clients on building and leveraging professional networks to discover job opportunities.

  • Offer tips on using social media and other platforms for professional networking.

Career Workshops and Seminars:

  • Organize and conduct workshops, seminars, and presentations on various career-related topics.

  • Cover subjects such as resume building, job interviewing, and job market trends.

Research:

  • Stay informed about current labor market trends, industry changes, and job demand.

  • Use research to inform career advice and recommendations.

Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with educational institutions, employers, and community organizations to connect clients with opportunities.

  • Build partnerships with local businesses and organizations to facilitate job placements.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Psychology, Counseling, Human Resources or Analytics).

Certification in career development or counseling (e.g., National Certified Career Counselor, Certified Professional Career Coach) may be preferred.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Knowledge of career development theories, job market trends, and job search strategies.

Strong organizational and analytical skills.

Ethical conduct and respect for client confidentiality

PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS

Physical demands involve sitting for extended periods of time with the ability to stand as needed for comfort, regularly using the computer for most aspects of the job responsibilities. Requires the ability to travel to local offices and meetings, which may result in exposure to other temperatures and environments.

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