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Career Specialist

Job ID 18508 Washington D.C., District of Columbia

Business: Boys Town

Job Summary:The Career Specialist works with Workforce Development Program participants, pre- and post-graduation, to help youth in making a smooth transition from high school to sustainable employment and long-term career success. This position will work directly with youth of the Workforce Development prog to provide participants with access to career exploration, training, and coaching.

Schedule: Full Time, Traditional business hours, butmust be available to work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.


  • Implements and maintains the Workforce Development Program, with the goal of providing program youth with education, resources, and support to make strong, suitable career advancement decisions.
    • Supports the application and referral process for the Workforce Development Program and assists with the selection and enrollment of youth in the program.
    • Assesses the need of each participant through basic counseling techniques, such as questioning, paraphrasing, and reflective listening through a needs assessment; follows questioning guidelines, and pays attention to what the participant is, and is not saying.
    • Supports participants in obtaining job/internship placements, and job shadowing opportunities.
    • Uses the Workforce Development Curriculum materials to provide the best information and opportunity for youth to develop their post-graduation plan. Explores internal and external supports to do so.
    • Conducts “Check and Connect” intervention with assigned participants. This may include implementing intervention strategies to improve performance in work settings.
    • Provides financial education, and other support, to individuals based on the individual’s specific needs, and reports decisions to the manager.
    • Provides career counseling, coaching, and support for participants until program completion.
    • Ensures youth participation in workshops and other program activities.
    • Assists in building and maintaining relationships with employers and training providers.
    • Meets with contacts at various locations; utilizes own vehicle, and Boys Town vehicle to travel to work destinations and to transport youth as authorized.
    • Follows-up with youth after discharge.
  • Teaches the Workforce Development curriculum.
    • Assists with the coordination of facilities, materials, and schedule for the Workforce Development program cohorts.
    • Utilizes effective classroom management techniques.
    • Uses the Workforce Development Curriculum materials, and the planning process, to provide the best information and opportunity for youth to gain knowledge in additional Workforce Development Skills.
    • Utilizes the program process and information as per the program description.
  • Provides crisis support for program participants.
    • Utilizes counseling tactics to assess immediate safety of the Family Home Program graduates and to determine further actions; utilizes professional judgment, to respond appropriately to situational needs. Explores internal and external supports.
    • Remains calm and objective during all situations, enlists support of senior staff as needed, and makes joint decisions about further action.
    • Provides helpful information to high school graduates, including problem solving, and walks participant through steps, so participant arrives at a solution.
  • Serves as a role model in carrying out the Father Flanagan's Boys' Home mission.
    • Directs all activities towards the fulfillment of the Boys Town mission
    • Directs all actions to reflect the values and principles of Boys Town
    • Establishes and maintains an environment that encourages teamwork, collaboration, and ethical behavior
    • Maintains regular, reliable and predictable attendance
    • Supports other members of the management team and their work

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Services or related field or high school diploma with two years relevant youth experience.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • 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 work non-traditional business hours including early mornings, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • CPR/First Aid

Boys Town Washington, D.C.: In a city where strong leadership is valued and respected, Boys Town Washington, D.C. has established itself as the leader in the care and treatment of the region’s children and families since 1993. These services and programs touch the lives of 6,200 children and families in the District of Columbia each year.

About Boys Town: Boys Town has been changing the way America cares for children and families since 1917. Our employees have helped us grow from a small boardinghouse in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, into one of the largest national child and family care organizations in the country. With the addition of Boys Town National Research Hospital in 1977, our services branched out into the health care and research fields, offering even more career opportunities to those looking to make a real difference.

Our employees are our #1 supporters when it comes to achieving Boys Town's mission, which is why we are proud of their commitment to making the world a better place for children, families, patients, and communities. Unique perks to Boys Town employees and their families include free visits to Boys Town physicians and free prescriptions under the Boys Town Medical Plan, tuition assistance, parenting resources from our experts and professional development 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: 5/13/2022

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 and/or expression, 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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