Urban Upbound, formerly the East River Development Alliance is a community-led and community-based economic development organization in Long Island City, dedicated to transforming and improving public housing neighborhoods and helping public housing residents achieve economic stability and mobility.
The Jobs-Plus program is a site-based, saturation model designed to raise and sustain the level of employment and earnings among residents of public housing developments. Jobs-Plus services are tailored to residents' individual needs and draw from a menu of on-site and referral services, working with both unemployed and employed residents. Initially designed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and MDRC, and supported by a consortium of foundations, an earlier pilot produced positive impacts on residents' earnings during the four years of program operation and during an additional three-year follow-up period.
Reporting to the Program Director, the Job Developer is a key member of the Jobs-Plus team to ensure that the program is on track to meet and exceed all stated outcomes including recruitment, training, job placement (17/month team-wide), income supports, and retention milestones. Responsibilities include:
●Implement a job development strategy based on labor market data, job seeker needs, local economic development projects, transportation access and available training; and includes engaging local businesses.
●Continuously improve the ERDA brand and benefits of partnership to employers and business associations by:
○creating a portfolio of employers who will provide sustainable job opportunities for unemployed clients;
○maintaining on-going job placement opportunities;
○providing career ladder/growth opportunities for workers;
○placing job-seekers in high-wage, long-term jobs;
○developing and implementing retention strategies for clients
●Identify entry level to mid level jobs (with career ladders) for area residents including immigrants, residents with criminal backgrounds and residents with limited skills, educational attainment or work history.
●Plan networking events and on-site open house events for employers and job seekers and organize annual job fairs.
●Attend HR & Business networking events (early morning and evening) to meet business contacts and identify new job opportunities
●Interview, screen and match clients to identified jobs.
●Identify opportunities for advancement for those currently working.
●Track employer correspondence and participant activity in ETO Database.
●Assist with placement documentation for contract reporting.
●Facilitate work readiness workshops and provide clients thorough interview prep, as needed.
Education and Experience:
●Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, Business, or related field preferred
●At least 2-3 years experience in sales, marketing, or related field preferred
●Sales-oriented with excellent networking skills
●High level of organization and quick response with emails, telephone calls, and time management.
●Be accountable and committed to delivering measurable, high-quality, timely and cost-effective results; will accept ownership for outcomes and consequences.
●Written and verbal communication skills that are clear, concise, and applicable for all audiences. Sense of humor a must.
●Passion for working to improve the lives of public housing residents through workforce development, education, community organization, and related social policies (particularly Jobs Plus);
●Ability to multi-task, work well as part of a team, and maintain positive relationships with staff, management and other key stakeholders (particularly in a program start-up environment).
●Willingness to work occasional nights & Saturdays
How to apply
ERDA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Bethany Goldszer at Bethany@urbanupbound.org.
425 Astoria Blvd, Astoria, NY, 11102, US