Full-Time Career Pathways Navigator
Position Title: Alameda County Career Pathways Navigator
Reports To: Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships, Alameda County
Status and Compensation: Non-exempt, 20-30 Hours
Location: Alameda County
About Fresh Lifelines for Youth
Founded in 2000, Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) is an award-winning nonprofit working to break the cycle of juvenile violence, crime, and incarceration. FLY believes that all our children deserve a chance to become more than their past mistakes. FLY’s legal education, leadership training, and mentoring programs motivate and equip youth to change the course of their lives. We are also committed to helping our juvenile justice systems become more just, humane, and equitable. As a result, FLY increases safety in our communities and decreases the costs and consequences of crime.
For more information about Fresh Lifelines for Youth please go to: www.flyprogram.org.
Education and Career Services at FLY: Over the course of 9-10 months (depending on the program), FLY aims to support youth in moving the needle on their educational and career journeys. Depending on their current status, FLY’s efforts are focused on supporting youth in achieving one of the following outcomes:
– Re-enrollment in school
– Grade matriculation
– High school graduation or GED completion
– Post-secondary enrollment or full-time employment
Alameda County Career Pathways Navigator – Position Summary
The Career Pathways Navigator supports youth at Hayward Community School to pursue their academic and career development goals. The Navigator works with youth provide connections to basic needs, educational, and career resources within the county, guidance on education and career skill-building, and help in navigating the systemic challenges FLY youth face within the education system.
Provide Connections to Educational and Career Resources
● Establish and maintain effective relationships with key school, district, and COE partners as well as admissions and counselling staff and faculty at post-secondary institutions
● Identify and build partnerships with other community-based organizations providing academic and career support services appropriate for FLY youth
● Develop connections with local employers to generate opportunities for youth to gain exposure, experience, or expertise in fields of interest; where appropriate, engage employer partners in career guidance and mentorship roles
Provide Guidance on Education and Career Skill-Building
● Conduct or support assessments of youth interests, values, and skills
● Facilitate workshops for youth and/or train case managers on relevant knowledge and skills appropriate to each of the four target outcomes (eg. graduation requirements, completing FAFSA, study strategies, interviewing, etc.)
Provide Help in Navigating Systemic Challenges
● Understand and provide insight on education laws, policies and practices affecting students in [County]
● Build FLY’s understanding of how best to advocate for our youth in academic and career settings and strategies that are most effective in supporting their academic and career growth
● Advocacy in readmission hearings to support youth reintegrating into traditional high schools
● Support youth in connecting to resources relating to basic needs to ensure they have the foundation to pursue academic and career goals
Qualification and Competency Requirements
Positional Competencies – for Navigators
● Experience and Education: A minimum of three years’ experience working with underserved or disadvantaged youth is required. Experience in academic or career advising strongly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.
● Relationship Building and Stakeholder Management: Ability to initiate, develop and maintain trusting relationships in a short period of time with youth, parents, school faculty and staff, other external stakeholders, and FLY volunteers and staff. Possess the passion to energetically promote FLY’s mission/vision and FLY Program components to attract, develop and retain youth and volunteer participation with FLY.
● Strong Motivating & Communication Skills: Exceptional listening, verbal and written communication skills with all youth and internal/external stakeholders, including: active listening with youth while pushing them to change and shift their behaviors; timely and professional follow-through with phone calls and email correspondence; and the ability to effectively present information in a clear and concise manner to top management, program staff, and community partners.
● Facilitation and Workshop Management: Ability to facilitate workshops effectively with both FLY youth and FLY staff
● Resource Management: Utilizes strategic time and financial management to concentrate efforts on FLY priorities through efficient systems, processes, and tools.
● Data-Driven Programming: Able to take excellent case notes and log hours/activities with youth during coaching sessions and input them into ETO (Efforts to Outcomes) Database in a regular and timely fashion. Understands how data informs programmatic changes and allows FLY to track program effectiveness.
● Bilingual: Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.
How to ApplyAll interested applicants must go to our Careers page on our website, https://flyprogram.org/about/careers/. They will click on the link for our open positions and complete the online application process.
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