Closes: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Target Start Date
Expected Work Hours
- Bachelor's degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Vocational Psychology, or other related fields.
- Two years' experience delivering career/employment services to individuals in the community or within an institution of higher education.
- Equivalent combination of education, experience, and skills will be considered.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities
- Ability to effectively plan and implement program activities and services
- Ability to assist students with the full-range of job skills and job search services
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to build trusted relationships with at-risk students and willingness to advocate on their behalf within the college community and with employers
- Ability to work as an effective part of a team
- Ability to make effective presentations to a variety of audiences
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Ability to utilize technology effectively
- Experience fostering and maintaining positive and collaborative relationships with stakeholders
- Understanding and respect for the diverse backgrounds of students, staff, and college community
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Comfort in diverse business and corporate settings
- Excellent attention to detail and follow-through
- High energy and motivation to help young people succeed
- Master's Degree
- Experience working with individuals with disabilities, and/or college students from low-income, first generation and diverse backgrounds
- Community College or Higher Education experience
At Central Carolina Community College, we create transformative lifelong learning opportunities! We expect all employees to find ways to remove barriers to student success and provide all students a pathway to achievable dreams. Our employees are charged to recognize the challenges we face and to respond to them with empathy, understanding, and a willingness to help.
Job Corps Scholars (JCS) is a government-funded, no cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps socioeconomically disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16-24 improve the quality of their lives through academic and career technical training. The program provides intensive counseling services to support and facilitate each student's employment and career success. Job Corps' mission is to attract eligible young people, teach them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and place them in meaningful jobs or further education.
Job Corps' focus is centered around ten career success standards. This set of behavioral expectations in the areas of employability, social development, and independent living skills include: workplace relationships and ethics, communications, personal growth and development, interpersonal skills, information management, multicultural awareness, career and personal planning, independent living, continuous learning, and problem solving and critical thinking.
The Employment Counselor with the Job Corps Scholars (JCS) program will advise a caseload of JCS participants and provide support through the job search process. In addition, Employment Counselors will network in the public and private sectors to develop career-building opportunities for JCS participants. This position reports to the Director of JCS.
This is a grant-funded position with an anticipated grant end date of June 30, 2023 with the possibility of the grant being renewed by the U.S. Department of Labor. Continuation of position is contingent upon grant funds.
Position is part-time up to 29 hours weekly.
- Provide individual employment counseling to a caseload of 20-30 JCS participants using an intrusive advising model guided by an appreciative advising approach.
- Collaborate with Personal Counselors on the implementation strategies outlined in Individualized Service Strategy Plans for successful participant employment.
- Conduct outreach and provide information, supportive services referral, employment readiness, and job development services to JCS participants.
- Promote the development of career success standards by modeling appropriate behaviors, mentoring students when necessary and monitoring both positive and negative behaviors through interventions.
- Assess participants job-readiness and design individualized plans for job skills training for each participant.
- Assist qualified participants in entering CCCC's registered pre-apprenticeship program.
- Provide appropriate and relevant labor market information to help a participant in their job search and provide direct job matching of open system postings with the participant's skills and work requirements.
- Ensure participants are prepared before going to job interviews, and conduct follow-up assessments.
- Develop and maintain close working relationships with employers, community support agencies, and internal stakeholders including the College Career Center.
- Work with the Director in marketing the program to potential employers. This may include developing and making presentations about JCS.
- Work closely with employers of participants to maximize student employment retention and success.
- Plan and participate in student employability programs and cohort building activities.
- Meet weekly with other JCS staff to discuss achievements and concerns of the program and individual students, and implement program modifications for improvement, if necessary;
- Identify and schedule career-related guest speakers, site visits, job shadow experiences, and informational interviews.
- Maintain contact with the student's family, as appropriate.
- Maintain files; enter case notes and other progress notes.
- Serve on College committees as assigned.
- Complete the annual five-hour staff development.
- Encourage and support College activities, policies, procedures, and philosophies.
- Perform other duties as assigned.