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Trade Life Specialist

Job ID 17061 Omaha, Nebraska

Business: Boys Town

Job Summary:

In a career as a Trade Life Specialist, you play a big part in making a difference in changing a youth's life. The Trade Life Specialist assists the Manager of Alumni Support to help youth in making a smooth transition from career/job experiences in high school to independent adult living with competitive employment or post-secondary education. This position will work with School and Youth Care staff to assist with youth understanding and achieving their goals. We strive to give Boys Town Kids the fulfilling lives they deserve.


Develops relationships with youth, other school staff, Youth Care, institutions that offer trade certifications, community businesses, and outside agencies to achieve effective transition to the world of trades.

  • Establishes and implements positive relationships with school, youth care staff and outside agencies.
  • Assists youth with appropriate job settings suitable for student interests, aptitudes, and skill levels to provide safe working environments for students, to promote student success, and accommodate business needs.
  • Implements intervention strategies to improve performance in community work settings that facilitate completion of high school requirements.
  • Assists with aftercare plans with students leaving Boys Town and remaining in the area to help them succeed at the worksite or school of choice through regular visits, training, frequent phone contact, and coordination of staff and service to intervene when needed.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with referral sources including community agencies to ensure that Boys Town is their placement of choice of children.
  • Communicates with and educates outside businesses on the Trade Life Program.
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with the local community.
  • Provides Crisis Support by conducting a needs assessment. Explore internal and external supports. Assists Alumni in accessing resources and support.
  • Utilizes the Boys Town National Hotline database to obtain resources for alumni in their local areas.
  • Administers Boys Town Scholarships and delivery of financial assistance. Monitors Boys Town Scholarship Recipients academic performance through transcripts, communication with the student and college. Attends Boys Town Scholarships Committee Meetings to review college transcripts and National Data Base Documentation to guide decisions regarding financial support for continued education.
  • Reviews financial assistance given to alumni a case by case basis and reports decisions to the Director of Alumni Services.
  • Documents services provided to alumni and/or their families in the National Database.
  • Communicates and seeks information from Youth Care to make knowledgeable decisions.
  • Provides the Boys Town Development and Marketing Department with Alumni success stories to utilize for marketing and news stories.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Services or related field or High School diploma with three years of experience with the Boys Town Model.
  • 1 to 2 years of experience including working with children and families; experience working with children and families in community-based programs or Boys Town Programs preferred.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with a good driving record, plus the ability to provide own transportation (mileage reimbursement) to complete travel requirements of the job. Must pass an annual Motor Vehicle Registration (MVR) check.
  • This position must be available to provide crisis response and must be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of variety of behaviors and circumstances that may impact one’s performances in various work environments.
  • Knowledge of work demands and work ethics across a variety of businesses.
  • Organizational skills to assist with managing youth to school to work experiences.
  • Advanced critical thinking and problem-solving, including ability to make assessments and use sound judgment.
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner while maintaining necessary degree of confidentiality; communication skills needed to relate effectively to students, Family-Teachers, faculty, administrators, business owner’s and their employees.
  • Ability to build sustain successful, professional relationships.
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Strong knowledge of Boys Town Model and the Family Home Program.
  • High level of professionalism, confidentiality and role modeling.
  • Ability to assess child behavior problems.
  • Ability to work independently, be detail orientated, meet deadlines, and multi-task while maintaining quality standards.

About Boys Town Nebraska:

A National Historic Landmark since 1985, the Village of Boys Town is now the only National Historic Landmark District in Nebraska. At any given time, about 400 boys and girls live in the Village, receiving care and guidance for a wide range of behavioral, emotional and academic issues. When Father Edward J. Flanagan purchased the Overlook Farm in 1921, it became the new, permanent site of Boys Town. Over the decades that followed, schools, churches and homes were built, and tens of thousands of young lives were transformed.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we offer an array of competitive and attractive benefit options. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town Physicians, free prescriptions, tuition assistance, access to the campus Field House, parenting resources from our experts and advancement opportunities within the organization, just to name a few. Working at Boys Town is more than just a job, it is a way of life.

Date Posted:May 4, 2021

This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.

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