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Education and Career Specialist (Queens) 


CPC's Education and Career Services (ECS) provides dynamic programs and activities that bridge youth and adults with their highest educational, economic and leadership potential. We believe learning is lifelong and we use an asset-based approach to maximize our community members' current strengths. Whether in our schools, community centers, or internship sites, we create equitable learning environments that promote leadership development, self-advocacy, and community building. Our programs equip community members with essential skills and experiences today so they are empowered to take the next step tomorrow.
Position Title: Education and Career Specialist, Learn and Earn Program
Location: Queens Community Center, 133-14 41st Avenue, New York, NY 11355
Schedule: Full Time, 35 hours per week

Program Overview
The Learn and Earn Program provides work readiness skills training, college access support, leadership development and summer internship opportunities for youth in their junior and senior years of high school. Youth are equipped with the experience and skills necessary to make a successful transition into adulthood, and are empowered to become stronger advocates for themselves and their communities.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities
The Education and Career Specialist will report directly to the Learn and Earn Program Director.

  • Support participant outreach, intake, enrollment, engagement, and retention efforts; conduct pre/post-testing and assessment interviews; complete individual service strategies
  • Develop and facilitate interactive workshops related to career exploration, work readiness, higher education, financial literacy, leadership development, and other life skills
  • Provide individualized guidance and counseling, and case management services
  • Document participant case notes, track progress, and maintain program files
  • Coordinate guest speaking panels, life skills exercises, community service/service learning projects, mentoring activities and field trips (e.g., college tours, employer site visits)
  • Build a network of worksites for summer internship opportunities; manage internship placement and retention efforts
  • Administer follow-up services to program alumni who enroll in college/vocational training, secure employment, or enlist in the military
  • Engage parents and families through program updates, invitations to special events and relevant workshops (e.g., college admissions and financial aid), and referrals to support services
  • Collaborate with partner organizations to enhance programming
  • Attend meetings and professional development trainings as required
  • Assist with other related duties as assigned by the Program Director

Position Requirements

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Prior experience working with high school youth and providing case management support
  • Experience planning and facilitating engaging workshops for youth and young adults
  • Excellent communication, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Quick learner who thrives in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Culturally competent professional committed to providing services in a manner that is sensitive to an individual’s cultural heritage and traditions, life experiences, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Strong work ethic and demonstrated passion for working with diverse populations, including immigrant and low-income communities
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Location Queens Community Services  
About the Organization Vision: To advance and transform communities

Mission: To promote social and economic empowerment of Chinese American, immigrant, and low-income communities

Purpose: To be the Premier Social Service and Leadership Development Organization

As the largest Asian American social services agency in the United States, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) provides culturally sensitive programs for all ages. CPC currently serves over 8,000 people daily through 50+ contracted programs in 30+ locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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