Employment Specialist, Workforce Development and Refugee Services Programs (East NY/Brownville-Cypress Hills Cornerstone)

Full Time

Who We Are: CAMBA is a community of staff, volunteers, clients, donors, neighbors and partners who work together to build an inclusive New York City. CAMBA serves more than 65,000 individuals and families each year, citywide, including almost 13,000 youth. Our 180+ programs in over 100 locations improve the lives of a diverse cross section of New Yorkers. From homelessness prevention in Staten Island to supportive housing in the Bronx; from employment training in Manhattan to after school programs and college access in Brooklyn; from family shelter and support in Queens to increasing affordable housing across the city, CAMBA provides holistic services to help struggling New Yorkers stabilize their lives and become self-sufficient.

CAMBA’s comprehensive Workforce Development and Refugee Services programs annually provide over 3,800 low income community members with employment, education, training, benefits access, and financial counseling services. CAMBA specializes in assisting those with special barriers to employment including low skilled workers, long-term unemployed, immigrants and refugees, highly skilled immigrant professionals, limited English speakers, formerly incarcerated, individuals in imminent danger of homelessness and trauma survivors. These programs are performance-based, and success is measured by meeting enrollment, employment placement, training, retention and case management goals. The Refugee Services Programs provide resettlement and cultural adjustment support, job training, placement and transitional support services to refugees and asylees during their 60 months of eligibility in the United States to help with any impediments to employment and self-sufficiency.

Position: Employment Specialist

Reports To: Program Manager              

Location: Cypress Hill Cornerstone (475 Fountain Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208)

What The Employment Specialist Does:

  • Research and regularly initiate contact with potential employers in the NY Metro
  • Develop and maintain an accurate database of prospective employer contact
  • Building a pool of job openings in various sectors, including industries that are well matched to clients with professional skill sets.
  • Maintain excellent relationships and timely communication with potential employers.
  • Identify and source partnership opportunities through inbound lead follow-up and outbound cold calls, emails, and visits.
  • Request current job openings from existing and potential employers daily, obtaining as much information on the position as possible.
  • Work closely with Job Developers and various WFD refugee professional staff to Once a client is placed, periodically request documentation from employer to meet both placement and retention
  • Collaborate with senior management and teammates to align our internal goals with new and existing partner relationships (example- what industries are in demand and such).
  • Collaborate with community partners and outside agencies, cultivating relationships to expand the department’s capacity for education, outreach, and
  • Plan hiring events and execute on logistics to support these critical program components.
  • Keep a great ongoing relationship with current partners and offer new ways to grow the partnership.
  • Produce reports and regular updates for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports.

Minimum Education/Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) and/or equivalent experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience working in employment services or in social services-related fields.
  • Excellent public speaking skills with the ability to motivate and engage clients.
  • Preferred bilingual languages – Spanish, French/Creole, Ukrainian

Compensation: $55,000 annually
When salary ranges are listed, the range would represent the low and high end for the applicable position & program. The salary offered would be based on various factors unique to each program and candidate. This includes but is not limited to experience, education, budget and/or program size, internal equity, skills and other factors that may be required for the position and organization. 

Status: Full-time (35 hours per week)
: CAMBA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick time), and paid holidays.

CAMBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace. People of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. We consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status, pregnancy status or sexual orientation.

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