Landforce is Hiring a Work Readiness Manager

About Landforce:

Landforce’s mission is to support people and restore land. Landforce uses much needed environmental restoration and conservation projects as a social and economic equalizer, hiring people with significant barriers to employment (individuals returning from incarceration, struggling with addiction and mental health challenges, who are homeless, or living in poverty)  to work on community and environmental projects, building soft skills and occupational skills in an experiential learning setting, while providing supportive and career services to address barriers to employment and connect to future employment. As a result, we simultaneously support the personal transition to economic independence and wealth creation, local land stewardship capacity building, and community-based environmental restoration alongside Pittsburgh’s most marginalized communities.

In the last 3 years we have hired 47 people, provided more than 3,900 hours of workforce readiness training, increased our project income nearly 200%, and provided more than 17,000 hours of land stewardship to our region. 72% of our crew members completed their tenure with us. Of the finishers, 97% applied for jobs and 82% were offered jobs or went into industry trainings within two weeks of the season’s end. The average wage of these positions for the 2018 season was over $16/hour.

Position Overview:

The Work Readiness Manager will work closely with Landforce crew members to assess current career skills, interests, and aptitudes and assist them to set career path goals including  training or employment. In addition, the Work Readiness Manager will work with crew members to identify employment barriers and connect them to social/supportive services available to ensure they can accomplish significant career development milestones towards these goals.

How to Apply:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Work Readiness Manager’s estimated start date is March 1, 2019.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Workforce Development Director Tiffany Mrotek, at tiffany@landforcepgh.org.

View the full Position Profile for additional information.

Position Profile

RESPONSIBILITIES

The essential functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Provide holistic and comprehensive case management services to all Landforce Crew Members including: identification of strengths and needs; short-, mid- and long- term goal setting; progress monitoring; resume writing; interview preparation; case advocacy; and referrals for supportive services or resources as appropriate. 
  2. Meet with Crew Members weekly in person throughout their employment to ensure each is making progress toward identified career pathway goals, employment barrier mitigation, and meeting expectations agreed upon during meetings.
  3. Contribute to regular evaluations of crew members’ work performance and commitment to goals.
  4. Build working knowledge about and strong relationships with existing social service agencies in order to ensure smooth and effective referrals between Landforce crew members and available community resources.
  5. Coordinate with others involved in an individual’s case, such as: probation/parole officers, case managers from other organizations, judges, etc.
  6. Work closely with Workforce Development Director to guide and provide connections to long-term career opportunities with family-sustaining wages to graduating crew members.
  7. Assist Workforce Development Director with group trainings on workforce readiness and other programming as necessary.
  8. Provide support as needed by crew members or to address any on-the-job issues or concerns as requested by Crew Leaders or Division Heads.
  9. Track and support former crew members for 18 months following their tenure at Landforce to address barriers and provide referrals which enable them to obtain, retain, and advance in full-time, family-sustaining employment.
  10. Serve as a role model for others which includes assuming responsibility for creating an environment which is welcoming and facilitates personal growth.
  11. Occasionally work alongside Landforce in land stewardship activities in order to foster and strengthen relationships with crew members.
  12. Meet weekly with Director of Workforce Development with detailed updates about crew members to problem solve and strategize approaches for specific cases.
  13. Provide all required documentation in a timely manner, which may include: client case follow-up records, contact sheets, and outcome evaluations; partner database reports, crew member progress reports, and others that may be determined.
  14. Participate in weekly team meetings along with crew members, Crew Leaders, Division Heads and Executive Director and in (permanent staff) staff meetings to discuss and address crew member progress and other programmatic issues.
  15. Adhere to organization policy, procedures and the professional code of ethics.  
  16. Perform other assigned related duties as required for the success of the organization.  

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: 

Minimum 7-10 years of experience working in workforce development and/or case management required

OR

Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field plus 2 to 3 years of experience working in workforce development and/or case management required

OR

Master’s degree in Social Work or related field experience preferred with Master’s level internship and/or 1 year of related work experience.

 

Experience:

  1. Knowledge of community resources and counseling / social work casework practices with high risk populations.  
  2. Experience working with persons in crisis.
  3. Good documentation skills.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills,
  5. Ability to establish trust and rapport toward motivating others to achieving goals
  6. Ability to work independently with strong sense of focus, task-oriented, non-judgmental and open personal qualities, and  a clear sense of boundaries.
  7. A strong sense of and respect for confidentiality as informed by professional ethics
  8. Ability to work in a variety of settings with culturally-diverse peoples and communities and with cultural sensitivity and competence
  9. Willingness and ability to be both a leader and a team member.

 

 

Landforce values diversity as a cornerstone to our success as an organization. We celebrate the differences and similarities that all employees bring to our team. We are committed to creating an atmosphere that fully utilizes the unique capabilities of each employee, and where all employees are treated with dignity and respect. Landforce is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

POSITION DETAILS:

This is a full time, non-exempt position with benefits and a salary of $40,000.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

The employee may on occasion work alongside crew members as they engage in their daily work routine as a way of building rapport with crew members.  As a result, while performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to walk on uneven, rough and steep terrain as well as paved and unpaved trails, use hands and arms to handle and manipulate objects, tools, or control, and operate foot controls on equipment.  The employee is frequently required to stand and occasionally sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. This position requires an ability to navigate stairs. The employee may carry items weighing up to 50 pounds. The employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions including extreme cold, extreme heat, and humidity, as well as wet and slippery conditions.  While outside, the employee may be exposed to direct sunlight, dust, pollen, and equipment exhaust fumes.

The employee travels to work sites throughout the county, and must have access to reliable transportation. The individual will also have close contact with a computer screen. Weekend and evening hours may be required to attend board meetings, community forums, special events, and to meet specific deadlines.