Founded in 2008 by a group of Omaha philanthropists, Avenue Scholars Foundation’s mission is to ensure careers for committed students of hope and need through education/training and supportive relationships. ASF provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help students from low-income backgrounds identify, persist toward, and ultimately enter financially sustaining careers in high-demand fields (Health Services, Automotive Technology, Information Technology, Trades/Manufacturing, and Business/Office Processes) requiring an associate degree or less. The program currently serves approximately 850 students in eight Omaha-area high schools (Omaha Benson, Omaha Bryan, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Omaha South, Millard South, Papillion-LaVista, and Ralston), Metropolitan Community College, and approximately 360 businesses throughout the community.
Job Title: Business Outreach Coordinator
Reports To: Director of Career Programs
Status: Full Time
Date: November 2018
Identify foundational employment opportunities for Avenue Scholars program participants in high-demand occupations requiring an associate degree or less. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with area employers to facilitate career exploration and employment opportunities for ASF program participants in targeted occupations. Collaborate withASF High School and Postsecondary Career Coaches, ASF Student Support Coordinators, and MCC College Success Navigators to connect program participants to prospective career exploration and employment opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Engage with area business and industry stakeholders and review labor market data to understand labor market needs and identify high-demand occupations requiring an associate degree or less.
- Work with employers to identify necessary skills, training, and knowledge for entry-level full-time employment in ASF targeted industry sectors. In partnership with industry-specialized career coaches, share industry insights with ASF staff to inform career advising at both the high school and postsecondary levels.
- Collaborate with area businesses and ASF High School and Postsecondary Career Coaches to provide career exploration and networking opportunities through activities like career exploration events, mock interviews, career consultations, and job shadowing.
- Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with area businesses to provide students with meaningful work experiences: part-time work, internships, apprenticeships, and ultimately, full-time employment.
- Develop a strong understanding of the circumstances faced by young people in poverty in the Omaha area and how those circumstances may impact a young person’s academic and vocational development.
- Advise businesses on best practices for supporting first-generation professionals.
- Participate in a multi-team effort to address students’ progress, opportunities, and barriers and draft action-oriented plans (staffing model).
- Participate in ASF continuous improvement initiatives by researching best practices and other successful organizations in career readiness/workforce development and help develop internal programming and practices.
- Attend and actively participate in meetings, and collaborate with ASF staff and organizational partners to ensure efforts are well aligned and meaningful.
- Maintain clear, up-to-date records on business relationships.
- Engage in and support the activities of ASF’s Workforce Committee.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Interpersonal Skills, Abilities, Knowledge, and Other Characteristics:
- Skills in advising and mentoring young people and influencing them in a positive, productive way
- Strong planning, problem-solving, and analytical skills
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
- Excellent listening and communication (oral and written) skills.
- Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with students, supervisor, co-workers, and community partners
- Ability to assist students in problem solving and goal setting
- Ability to relate well with diverse populations and at-risk teens and young adults
- Ability to advocate for students and represent the organization in a positive, professional manner
- Ability to work productively independently as well as in a team setting
- Knowledge of high-demand industries and pathways that lead to upwardly mobile career opportunities
- Knowledge of school and community resources available to collaborate with and support students to meet their needs
- Must operate with a high degree of professionalism and accountability
- Must be punctual in attending work-related events, responding to communication, and completing assigned tasks
- Associate degree in a relevant human services or workforce development field is required.
- Bachelor’s degree or above in a relevant human services or workforce development field is preferred.
- Three years of developing collaborative working relationships with external stakeholders in a professional business environment is required.
- Three years of providing services to low-income youth and young adults age 16-24 is preferred.
- Equivalent years of education and experience may substitute for these requirements.
- No specific licenses or certifications are required.
Work takes place in the Avenue Scholars Foundation offices, large urban high schools, community college campuses, local businesses, and the community.