Career Specialist

 

Position Overviews:

UNITE-LA is hiring three Career Specialist positions, one each in the following sectors: Cleantech, Health Care, and Tech. Please read the details carefully of this job description, as well as application details below.

The Career Specialist, Cleantech will directly support the organization’s mission to drive more equitable and inclusive employment outcomes for prioritized populations in the cleantech industry, with a focus on placing OYA in living wage, sustainable jobs in green career pathways. The position will work to cultivate and grow relationships with existing and new employers and professional business organizations in the cleantech industry. The position will also work directly with employers to support their talent development needs, including developing internship programs, apprenticeships, entry level and living wage jobs that lead to high mobility careers in the cleantech industry for our OYA.

The Career Specialist, Health Care will directly support the organization’s mission to drive more equitable and inclusive employment outcomes for opportunity adults in the health care industry, with a focus on placing OYA in living wage, sustainable jobs in green and blue career pathways. The position will work to cultivate and grow relationships with existing and new employers and professional business organizations in the health care industry. The position will work directly with employers to support their talent development needs, including developing internship programs, apprenticeships, entry level and living wage jobs that lead to high mobility careers in the health care industry.

The Career Specialist, Tech will directly support the organization’s mission to drive more equitable and inclusive employment outcomes for opportunity adults in the tech industry, with a focus on placing OYA in living wage, sustainable jobs in green and blue career pathways. The position will work to cultivate and grow relationships with existing and new employers and professional business organizations in the tech industry. The position will work directly with employers to support their talent development needs, including developing internship programs, apprenticeships, entry level and living wage jobs that lead to high mobility careers in the tech industry.

 

About UNITE-LA:

Over the past 25 years, UNITE-LA has established itself as a trusted education and business intermediary, dedicated to improving the economic mobility and well-being of the region’s diverse rising workforce. Leveraging strategic cross-sector partnerships at local, statewide, and national levels, we advance policies, practices and systems that strengthen anti-racism and equitable education and workforce outcomes from cradle through career.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead employer engagement efforts with the (role-specific) cleantech, health care or tech academy.
  • Lead the development of employer and business engagement strategies to cultivate and track increased employer engagement in the sector.
  • Convene industry-specific meetings with employers and partners to better align talent development programming with current workforce demand.
  • Manage relationships with key industry influencers, stakeholders, and business leaders in both the private and public sectors.
  • Coordinate and collaborate on sector employer talent development needs with the designated career pathways case manager.
  • Develop new industry partnerships to support sector-specific career pathways.
  • Lead outreach, marketing, and communications with sector-specific industry leaders.
  • Support the development of funding and development initiatives, including grant writing and reporting to support the growth of UNITE-LA’s sector-specific pathways programs.
  • Maintain databases, program data and records to track employer engagement and commitments.
  • Lead the planning, scheduling, organization and implementation of employer meetings and events.
  • Develop and manage project workplans to track the impact of the employer engagement.
  • Provide support to the Workforce Programs teams as needed.
  • Produce high-caliber, professional written correspondence.
  • Produce professional summary reports of meetings and events.
  • Serve as support personnel on special projects and workforce programs events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Skills for Success:

  • Written and verbal communication: Articulates thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively for the appropriate audiences (e.g. funders, business community, etc.).
  • Collaboration: Proven track record of working with internal team members and external partners.
  • Customer service: Interacts with internal and external individuals in a way that provides accurate, timely, professional, and effective information and service.
  • Problem-Solving: Ability to identify challenges and potential obstacles; formulates and implements solutions drawing on the expertise and input of others.
  • Adaptability: Reprioritizes work based on feedback and changing demands; proactively seeks opportunities to be supportive of change, new ideas and different perspectives
  • Inclusion: Consistently seeks and engages diverse perspectives of various identities and experiences respectfully and effectively. Demonstrates self‐awareness in behaviors and actions in engaging all stakeholders.

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience and demonstrated outcomes working within the industry.
  • Experience working with employers to develop apprenticeships and internships programs.
  • Experience working with public and private stakeholders in support of opportunity adults.
  • Experience developing programs in support of opportunity adults.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of partners and stakeholders of various levels.
  • Experience with planning and managing high caliber meetings and events.
  • Experience developing workplans to track programs’ progress.
  • Familiarity with CRM and project management tools. (e.g. Salesforce, Asana, etc.).

 

The Career Specialist, Cleantech will report to the Associate Director, Career Pathways and Talent Development. The Career Specialist, Health Care and Career Specialist, Tech will both report to the Associate Director, Inclusion and Community Partnerships. Each Career Specialist will also work closely with the Workforce Programs team, as well as the Senior Vice President, Programs and Talent Development.

 

Position Details:

This is a full-time exempt position. While many staff continue to regularly work remotely, attendance at our downtown Los Angeles office or local offsite locations is expected several times throughout the year. Occasional travel may be required.

 

Compensation:

The starting salary for this position is $72,000-$80,000, and the full range is $72,000 - $89,250. If you are offered a position at UNITE-LA, your final compensation will be based on factors such as relevant skills, experience and/or education. In addition to those factors, we believe in the importance of pay equity and consider the internal equity of our current team members as a part of any final offer. Our competitive benefits package includes paid sick leave, vacation, work-life balance time off, and a robust paid holiday schedule; 401(k) participation with employer contribution; competitive health, vision and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, and more. UNITE-LA promotes a culture of work-life harmony with flexible schedules and offers employee growth development plans to support career pathway development.

 

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position to [email protected] using the email subject line “Career Specialist, [Sector] – [Last Name].” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

UNITE-LA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to developing and sustaining a diverse workforce, because we believe that it makes our organization stronger. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

 

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