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Job Req ID:  19042

Employment Advocate



Under the direction of the Youth Opportunity (YO) Program Director, the Employment Advocate will work with young people to define goals based on their capacities, strengths and developmental needs.  Responsibilities will include providing comprehensive career and employment training services to all Youth Opportunity Area participants that will result in positive transition outcomes.



Specific Duties/Responsibilities:


Essential Functions Of Position Include, But Are Not Limited To The Following:

  • Responsible for managing a caseload of at least eighty (80) youth and developing individualized educational and career plans. 
  • Works with youth individually and in groups to address life skill issues/personal development.
  • Responsible for connecting out-of-school youth to an array of services available on and off site that will develop their skills and result in certificates of academic completion and full-time employment.
  • Prepares a written plan (or ISS) which establishes specific goals and treatment methods enabling clients to achieve assessment, adjustment and employment goals.
  • Prepares clear, accurate progress notes and maintains up-to-date, concise, organized case records.
  • Visits participant homes in order to promote positive attendance and behavior in program activities.
  • Responsible for documentation of all program participant involvement in MIS (Kidsmart) system.
  • Attends team meetings and case conferences as appropriate to discuss problems and evaluates progress or re-evaluates needs.
  • Assists with program recruitment and orientation.
  • Networking and partnership development to access additional resources for the participants.
  • Works with other Employment Advocates to ensure quality service for entire Youth Opportunity System.
  • Identifies employment/community opportunities that include educational activities, training, employment, scholarship information, financial aid opportunities, vocational and apprenticeship programs and matches them to the youth individual goals and activities.
  • Assists in program recruitment and follow-up activities/procedures.
  • Performs other duties as required.



Minimum Qualifications:


  • High School Diploma required.
  • Requires a minimum of undergraduate degree in education, sociology or other related field.


  • Completed AA degree program in counseling or a related field.
  • Two (2) years of related youth work experience.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Strong working knowledge of the needs of out-of-school youth population (education, social employment).
  • Knowledge of the principles of human behavior, youth development, assessment/  counseling and case management.
  • Ability to motivate participants and increase their interest in personal development.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations with OED, employers, and other community agency personnel.
  • Knowledge of community resources, related to at-risk and out-of-school youth.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Ability to organize work in order to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
  • P.C. skills – knowledge of Windows (Word, Access, Outlook, & Case Management Software).
  • Ability to work as a member of a team to assure project completion.



Classified title: Employment Advocate

Working title: Employment Advocate

Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OD

Starting Salary Range: $15.26 – $21.00 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Full time

Employee Status: Non-Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday - 8:30am-5:00pm 40hrs/Wk

Location: HEBCAC - 1212 N Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD

Department name: 10003266 HEBCAC Youth Opportunity Center – HEBCAC Office

Personnel area (School): SOM – School of Medicine


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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