Youth Policy Institute

  • Career Specialist/Peer Navigator

    Job Locations US-CA-Pacoima
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Social Services
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Career Specialist/Peer Navigator for Project imPACT will work as part of a team to provide employment services to formerly incarcerated individuals as part of PACTeam model to prepare clients for careers. Project imPACT serves the San Fernando Valley region through YPI's Workforce Development Department, providing employment services for formerly incarcerated adults (referred to as Fellows). Services are provided by a Career Specialist/ Peer Navigator, working with partners in the PACTeam (a legal services provider and mental health/substance abuse services provider). YPI services include: intake/assessment, peer mentorship/peer navigation, facilitating a cognitive behavioral therapy curriculum, employment services (job training/placement, soft skills development). The Career Specialist for Project imPACT is also known as a Peer Navigator as the effective candidate will help fellows to navigate life on the outside and will also have lived experience. This is an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those transitioning as well as their families and the community.


    The imPACT Career Specialist/Peer Navigator is responsible for:

    • Remaining Fully Versed on WIOA Legislation and all City Funded Workforce Development Mandates and Requirements: Plays a central role in the public workforce development system and is required to remain educated and well-versed in federal, State and local workforce development legislation, rules, requirements, mandates and directives that guide and ensure compliance with the federal workforce development system. 
    • Possessing Thorough Knowledge of CalJOBS: Required to have a full understanding of and remain trained in utilizing CalJOBS, the State's workforce development labor market exchange and case management system to conduct Objective Assessments, create Individual Employment Plans (IEPs), regularly update IEPs as changes occur in real time, open and close allowable activities to accurately reflect actual begin and end dates of the activities provided, run canned reports in CalJOBS necessary to inform and track participants and their progress, continually update case notes and track status of supportive service referrals.
    • Conducting Assessments: Required to conduct or facilitate educational level testing utilizing approved testing tools (TABE, CASAS or Wonderlic), conduct supportive service needs assessment, and conduct skills and interest assessments.
    • Regularly Providing Up-to-Date Labor Market Information: Must be equipped with the most recent information on the growing and in demand occupations in the L.A. Basin Regional Planning Unit and their L.A. County/City Workforce Development Area. Works closely with the imPACT Business Service Representative (BSR) to utilize the most current Labor Market Information and interpretation thereof to prepare the participants for employment along a career pathway in an in-demand industry.
    • Ensuring Provision of Employment Readiness Programming & Workshops: Responsible for conducting or ensuring participants receive, as needed, employment readiness training and workshops including: resume development, interviewing skills, workplace conduct, financial literacy, time management, communication skills, and navigating employment with record.
    • Securing Services of Approved Training Providers: Must remain fully versed in the California Employment Development Department (EDD) Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and Interstate Training Resource and Information Network (I-TRAIN) policies, procedures and requirements for securing training providers for participants based on consumer choice and training policies. Responsible for ensuring and tracking training delivery and expenditures and ensuring that employment placement is in a sector or occupation of the training provided.
    • Executing Agreements with Educational Institutions: Responsible for following City policy and procedures regarding executing agreements with educational institutions for the provision of employment­ related education and training, and sector-based cohort trainings.
    • Conducting Appropriate Referrals to Transitional Subsidized Employment: Responsible for identifying appropriate candidates for referral to transitional subsidized employment at City contracted Social Enterprises, and others.
    • Providing Supportive Services According to State & Local Policy: Responsible for providing referrals to employment-related supportive services and/or issuing payments for allowable supportive services according to approved supportive service and incentive policies.
    • Providing Stability and Employment Retention Supports: Responsible for providing follow up services, that consist of intensive employment retention supports. These services may be delivered in individual or group settings for a minimum of one year from the time of commencement of unsubsidized employment. These services include, but are not limited to, employment and re-employment coaching/assistance, job retention and advancement strategies, financial stability and empowerment workshops/trainings, referrals to education, skills-building, certification programs, personal supports, referrals to peers and/or public or private direct personal support providers, and referrals to partners that provide barrier removal services.


    • Bachelor degree in social work or related field preferred.
    • Must have formerly incarcerated background to apply.
    • One year experience providing case management services preferred.
    • Demonstrate some knowledge of formerly incarcerated population, criminal justice landscape and key community based-organizations and stakeholders.
    • Excellent communication written skills.
    • Exceptional organizational skill; attention to detail; ability to prioritize; ability to meet deadlines; ability to multi-task; strong problem-solving ability.
    • Experience working with individuals with diverse ethnic backgrounds.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
    • Leadership experience working with community social service and health organizations strongly preferred.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
    • Bilingual Spanish is a plus.
    • WIOA knowledge preferred.
    • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.
    • If applicable, will be required to present current California driver license, proof of acceptable driving record (DMV H-6 printout), and liability auto insurance.

    Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing outstanding customer service.
    • Strong analytical skills.
    • Self-starter organized and detail-oriented.
    • Must be flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities.
    • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
    • Ability to communicate openly and effectively with all staff
    • Ability to maintain composure even in very difficult situations.
    • Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
    • Job requires being open to change and to considerable variety in the workplace.
    • Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
    • Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.


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