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Career Preparation Specialist

The mission of College Dreams is to promote academic excellence, healthy youth development, college/career readiness, and resilience. Through regional partnerships with schools, parents, community organizations, employer networks, and higher education, College Dreams provides an array of long term outreach services, mentoring, opportunities, and resources to help youth excel in the face of adversity.

Our team serves underprivileged youth in Jackson and Josephine Counties.  The goal of this position is to enroll students with barriers to employment including those who experience disabilities into our Career Build program, provide pre-employment services, and assist them in securing appropriate, meaningful, paid internships.  This position will also provide support and assistance during the student work experience, and successfully assist in supporting the student through their transition on to competitive, integrative employment and/or post-secondary education. 


Student Skill Building Services

  • Provide assessments and evaluations to assist in career path development
  • Builds college/career awareness, knowledge and readiness by facilitating classes, groups, or individual workshops that build employability skills
  • Helps students link interests and strengths to college/career plans
  • Expands opportunities to students to participate in career related learning experiences through community connections
  • Enhances access to occupational skill training, job shadows and work experience
  • Facilitates college, vocational training and work site visits
  • Assists students in resume development, interview skill building, and other traditional workforce preparation
  • Assist students in improving their skills in advocacy, disclosure, communication, social, behavioral, and independent living skills 

Student Support Services

  • Engages with students at their school or in the community
  • Assists students and their families through the eligibility process
  • Develop and deliver services based on student preference, interests, needs, and strengths (PINS)
  • Facilitates academic tutoring, study skills training, and case management
  • Reduces barriers to school/community/pre-college/employment activities
  • Provides follow up support into  training and early careers and assistance during the transition from subsidized to unsubsidized employment
  • Assist students in gaining certifications including food handlers, CNA, etc)

Relationships and Cultural Competence

  • Develops strong inter-personal bonds with families, youth and community partners
  • Maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students and their families
  • Collaborate with school and Youth Transition Program staff to provide assistance with transition planning related to post-secondary training, education, or employment
  • Demonstrates a passion for serving youth with diverse abilities
  • Demonstrates cultural competence working with youth and families from diverse social, economic, ethnic, educational and cultural backgrounds
  • Mentors, advocates, and counsels students to develop resiliency and strengthen life skills
  • Encourages and/or develops family support to bridge school, career, and college transitions

School and Community Partnerships

  • Establishes and maintains strong partnerships with schools and partner organizations
  • Develop and monitor community based work sites
  • Provide support to local sites throughout the work experience to ensure student success
  • Provides opportunity for students to engage in community service projects with partner organizations

Data Collection and Entry

  • Oversees the maintenance and collection of a variety of records and data
  • Develops and implements student and employer feedback forms
  • Collects and submits employment paperwork and work documentation
  • Assists in the completion of WIOA eligibility and registration
  • Maintains records according to College Dreams policies

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor`s Degree preferred
  • 2+ year experience preferred, working with youth
  • Experience preferred in youth development, prevention, anti-poverty program, or education
  • Ability to provide outreach college/career preparation services to schools on a flexible schedule that includes evening, weekend, and school vacation hours
  • Ability to travel to work both in Josephine and Jackson Counties
  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and reliable vehicle for outreach activities
  • Ability to clear a standard criminal background and driving records check that is acceptable to school district partners

Terms of Employment & Compensation: Starting salary is $36,000-$40,000. We offer a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, vision, and, paid vacation and sick time, and participation in a 401(k) retirement plan. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position.

How to Apply: Please submit a detailed resume and cover letter that speaks to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above. Please submit your materials in by email to Jen Perry at College Dreams will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply early. The recruitment closes on Thursday February 28th at 5:00 p.m. College Dreams is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring staff that represent the communities we serve. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities, racial, ethnic, and religious minorities, LGBTQ people, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please visit our website to learn more about College Dreams and our programs and services.