Youth Employment Specialist - Common Wealth Development, Madison

Job Announcement: Youth Employment Specialist

Common Wealth Development is seeking a motivated, energetic youth worker to join our team. This individual will focus especially on job development and networking with businesses to create employment opportunities for youth from our programs. They will also work directly with teens and help deliver our employment and financial education, job placement, and mentoring programs to economically disadvantaged youth. This is a full-time position with some evening hours required.

Starting salary is $32,240/yr with full benefits, raised to $33,280/yr after 6 months of satisfactory job performance. Applicants should have two years’ experience working with and/or mentoring youth from low-income homes and/or from racially diverse backgrounds, a valid driver’s license, and regular access to an insured car.

Major Responsibilities

• Develop positive employment opportunities with businesses that will partner with Common Wealth Development to provide mentoring and job placements for underprivileged teens from our programs.
• Facilitate the placement of teens into jobs and follow up on their progress with employers.
• Network with businesses, community, school personnel, and families to promote the programs.
• Identify and recruit economically disadvantaged teens for the programs.
• Arrange and conduct employment and financial education trainings and workshops.
• Mentor youth in the programs to ensure successful employment, money management, and orientation toward higher education.
• Coordinate and lead field trips, special events, and meetings with youth.
• Communicate and work effectively with a team to ensure highest quality programming and support for teens.
• Assist in program planning and evaluation.
• Maintain written records and computer database.
• Perform other tasks as requested by the Youth Programs Director and the Management Team.

Desired Qualifications

• Experience and commitment to working with teens from low-income homes.
• Experience and commitment to working with teens from racially diverse backgrounds.
• Strong personal connections to low-income communities.
• Strong personal connections to communities of color.
• Spanish and/or Hmong speaking skills.
• Experience leading training sessions for teens.
• Ability to lead employment and financial literacy training sessions.
• Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with youth, families, school personnel, and businesses.
• High level of motivation and ability to prioritize tasks, handle multiple responsibilities at once, and work effectively both independently with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
• Attention to detail and ability to follow through on tasks in a timely manner.
• Proficient in word processing and database programs, MS Access preferred.

Common Wealth Development values diverse life experience in its hiring process and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Bilingual, bicultural, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, fill out an employment application (available at or at our office) and submit a complete application packet to: Common Wealth Development, 1501 Williamson Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. Application packets must contain each of the following:

1) a completed employment application; 2) a resume; and 3) a cover letter describing your experience and/or ability to:
• work with, and/or mentor, teens from low-income homes and/or from racially diverse backgrounds;
• network with the business community and/or help individuals find employment; and
• lead training sessions.

Complete application packets (see above) must be received by 5:00 pm, Thursday, December 12, 2013.

No phone calls/emails/faxes.