Career and Education Counselor [TAY Empowerment in Education (E2) Team]

Full-time, Non-Exempt

Starting as early as the 6th grade and following students through college graduation, UFC’s Education Program forges trusting relationships with youth in foster care as they navigate some of life’s most pivotal moments. UFC’s Education Program is committed to encouraging and supporting youth in earning both their high school and college degrees. United Friends’ programs focus on commitment, trauma-informed care, and youth empowerment by prioritizing the whole-person-development of youth in care through a Social Justice Positive Youth Development (SJPYD) approach, while building relationships with the youth over an extended period.
Reporting to the TAY E2 Program Manager, the Career and Education Counselor (CEC) carries a caseload of up to 25 current and former foster youth, ages 18-24, who participate in the United Friends Education and Housing Programs. The CEC primarily supports the young adult in post-secondary education, workforce development, and/or vocational training. Utilizing a Monday-Friday work schedule, the CEC builds meaningful relationships with their youth to ensure they receive the best possible guidance and support as they continue to grow in their educational and career pursuits.

  • Duties and responsibilities:

    Case Management/Coaching
    • Build collaborative relationships with up to 25 young adults that nurture socio-emotional development and self-advocacy skills.
    • Providing individual coaching to transition-age youth that focuses on positive youth development, social justice, and academic and career success.
    • Assist young adults in obtaining their college degree and post-graduation employment or advanced degree employment.
    • Assist youth enrolled in job training, workforce development, internships, or apprenticeships in obtaining skills and experiences that improve their chances of successfully completing their programs.
    • Engage youth in career planning activities and conversations to build job readiness skills.
    • Conduct bi-annual assessments and goal planning with youth to support with overall youth development, goal setting, and achieving youths’ goals.
    • Support youth in the successful completion of career development opportunities.
    • Maintain consistent and frequent communication with youth on caseload via phone, videoconferencing, email, and in-person to uphold the relationship-based model of services.
    • Provide quality, timely career and educational case management to youth, utilizing United Friends’ database to document efforts.
    • Monitor and encourage youth progress to support their completion of degree requirements and/or employment.
    • Refer youth to campus and community-based support services as needed.

    Career and Education Support
    • Provide career and educational guidance, planning, and placement support to program participants.
    • Administer career and education assessments for program participants.
    • Offer vocational training and job program referrals.
    • Lead professionalism workshops for youth successfully referred to internships prior to the youth’s start date.
    • Create, plan, and facilitate employment and career focused workshops, and other employment skill building workshops for youth 18-24 years old.
    • Collaborate with Pathways Transitional Housing Advocacy Counselors and other UFC Staff members to evaluate and support youth in their education goals, career interests and individual needs.

    Group Coaching and Events
    • Support in planning and facilitating group coaching sessions.
    • Support in planning and coordinating workshops or other program events.
    • Attend community-building events to establish and maintain relationships with youth.

    Advocacy and Navigation
    • Engage college staff, social workers, ILP workers, and other supportive adults, with youth consent, to advocate for youth and support youth in maneuvering systems in which they are involved.
    • Engage with employment supervisor, internship coordinators, and others to support the success of youth at their places of employment, internship sites, and apprenticeships.
    • Cultivate relationships with and serve as a liaison/advocate among community partners to increase awareness of youths’ needs and to support youth success.
    • Connect youth to UFC supportive resources as needed and when appropriate, such as tutoring, financial assistance, etc.
    • Connect youth with internship and job opportunities.
    • Connect youth to other opportunities for Contribution and Social Action as they are offered within UFC, with UFC partners, or with other organizations.

    Program Support
    • Analyze caseload outcomes and trends and work with Education team to improve program model and service delivery.
    • Continually expand and update professional and technical knowledge within the education, foster care, and case management fields.
    • Participate in Team and Department Meetings.

    General UFC Responsibilities
    • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement UFC’s organizational values:
    o Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact.
    o Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth, community, and each other.
    o Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation.
    o Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups.
    o Work together as one organization.

    • Other duties as assigned.

  • Required Qualifications:

    • 3+ years of relevant experience, including 2 or more years of case management and/or positive youth development experience.
    • Demonstrated experience working with foster youth, Transition-Age Youth, and/or underserved college students.
    • Experience in providing career and employment support to young adults.
    • Commitment to social justice and the whole person development of youth.
    • Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
    • Strong problem-solving and crisis intervention skills.
    • Balances multiple competing priorities.
    • Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner, and incorporates others’ views into work.
    • Holds self-accountable, sets high expectations for self and others, works both independently and collaboratively and relates tasks to organizational values.
    • Passionate about United Friends’ mission.
    • Must have a valid California Driver’s License and an insured and reliable vehicle.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in workforce development, vocational training, and/or apprenticeships.
    • An understanding of and sensitivity to issues concerning youth formerly in foster care.
    • Demonstrated success in maintaining relationships through technology (e.g., phone, email, social media).

United Friends currently implements a hybrid work environment – schedule is determined at the discretion of management and the needs of the program and/or agency. This position will work full-time hours, Monday-Friday. The Career and Education Counselor will travel to various UFC Housing locations throughout the Los Angeles metro area to provide on-site visits and workshops to program participants, and occasionally to the main office in Downtown LA. Some evening, weekend, and overnight work is required.
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