Youth Employment Specialist - Howard Brown Health Center : Job Details

Youth Employment Specialist

Howard Brown Health Center

Job Location : Chicago, IL, USA

Posted on : Fri, 08 Mar 2019 17:51:10 GMT

Job Description :


The Youth Employment Specialist is responsible for implementing youth-centered employment support to at-risk LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) youth, unstably housed youth, and street-based youth (ages 12 to 24). This position will provide youth with evidence-based vocation development and employment services through community-based activities, as well as individual-level and group-level programming. The Youth Employment Specialist is a part of the Broadway Youth Center’s Education & Vocation Program and is available through scheduled appointments, and during drop-in hours.


  • Meet with youth one-on-one to assess employment related needs and to assist with resumes, applications, cover letters, interview skills, and employment retention.
  • Provide career counseling and assist in the development of short term and long term employment goals.
  • Maintain regular contact with youth participants and reassess goals as necessary.
  • Support youth by linking participants to healthcare, housing programs, education programs, workforce development, public benefits, and other support services, within Broadway Youth Center (BYC) and externally.
  • Maintain “Job Board” by posting new jobs, job fairs, paid surveys/focus groups, employment programs and places hiring near BYC.
  • Engage youth by building relationships through BYC’s Drop-In Program.
  • Collaborate with Drop-In Program to provide employment related workshops/programming.
  • Facilitate and support ongoing and regular workshops, projects, and/or programs.
  • Enter documentation of all services provided and milieu interventions into the electronic health records, and manager developed databases in a timely and accurate manner. All documentation should comply with agency privacy and confidentiality practices.
  • Demonstrates commitment to Howard Brown core values, mission, and vision.
  • Maintain highest level of client confidentiality and professionalism; follow HIPAA regulations; performs duties according to approved policies and procedures relating to OSHA and Standard Precautions.
  • Attend necessary trainings, workshops, and staff meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Core Values:

  • Demonstrate a profound understanding of, and knowledge of working with LGBTQ and street-based youth age 12-24; demonstrate the ability to speak to and affect a wide variety of audiences related to the health, wellness and development needs of the target population; demonstrate the ability to connect with, and provide development services and interventions; Incorporate anti-oppression frameworks including harm reduction, trauma-healing care, restorative justice, and body positivity into daily practice of youth work.


  • GED or High School Diploma Required. Bachelor’s degree in social services, education, or related field course is highly regarded.
  • Must be able to complete an 8.5 hour work day and is available to work at least two Saturdays per month. (The hours of operation are subject to change)
  • Must possess strong communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations and establish rapport with youth.
  • Must be highly organized, timely, demonstrate effective leadership skills, and be able to work with a multi-disciplinary team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must have a working knowledge of, and/or desire to support a harm reduction, trauma informed, anti-oppression, anti-violence approaches to care.
  • Experience working with youth, especially LGBTQ and street-based youth is required.
  • Bilingual – Spanish/English preferred, but not required
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must be screened for Tuberculosis.

    The Broadway Youth Center is a fast paced environment where space is limited. All staff, including volunteers and interns, may be asked to lift and carry as much as 50 pounds.


    Decisions and criteria governing the volunteer relationship with all volunteers at Howard Brown are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, age, FMLA status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state or local statutes.

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