Career Specialist

Basic Information

Date posted: 01/27/2020

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Posted by: Foundation for Blind Children

Salary: 48,000

Contact Information

Address

1234 E. Northern Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85020

Phone

602-337-8180

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Qualifications

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in human or student services, social service or social science field or three (3) years’ experience in a Career Services, Human Resources, Recruiting, Job Development, Recruitment, social service/social science related field.
  • Experience helping individuals overcome barriers to employment
  • Expert in resume development and critiquing, building LinkedIn profiles, Networking
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite

Other:

  • Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Microsoft Office Skills, Professionalism, Problem Solving, Verbal Communication
  • Conscientious, Detailed, Diplomatic, Dedicated and a Hard Worker
  • Organizational procedures, entering data, editing and proofreading a range of administrative documents

 

Job Description

The Career Specialist develops and implements strategies and curriculum to improve employment outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The Career Specialist prepares and assists students to ensure they are career ready upon graduation from the Foundation for Blind Children’s Adult Comprehensive Program. The Career Specialist assists students in evaluating their interests, skills, and abilities to help them develop achievable career goals. The Career Specialist will provide students with tools and resources related to career assessment, exploration and decision making. The Career Specialist will support students as they define strategies and seek out resources throughout their job search journey.

The ideal candidate has expert experience with current and effective career and job search resources. A deep understanding of the job seeker life cycle from job exploration to placement and job retention. Exemplary communication skills, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively. Must be familiar with the local job market and have the ability to develop professional relationships with employers to support job opportunities. The successful applicant must be capable of working with people having a wide range of skills, abilities and competencies. Quick, effective problem solving and a proven ability to work independently, demonstrated self-starter, and can manage multiple priorities and tasks.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides one-on-one employment and job readiness support and instruction to students.
  • Promotes and teaches self-advocacy for blind and visually impaired job seekers and students.
  • Develops and facilitates group sessions on relevant employment topics to support student progress.
  • Educates students on the stages of career development and helps students develop a plan for achieving their career plans and goals
  • Acts as subject matter expert for staff and students in job readiness and employment content areas.
  • Attend job fairs and forums with job seekers.
  • Ensures students are prepared to begin the job search process by educating and supporting the resume writing, interview techniques, phone skills, networking, and other job search processes.
  • Reviews and evaluates student’s job-search strategies and resume/cover letter to help student optimize job search planning; offers suggestions on interviewing techniques, networking strategies, resume and cover letter edits and navigating online application platforms.
  • Support student in creating Labor Market Survey as required by Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  • Maintain current understanding of state and national job/labor markets and makes appropriate referrals for students/alumni in the area of job search/educational exploration and provides current career-related resources
  • Complete student progress reports on a daily and monthly basis to support Vocational Rehabilitation reporting requirements.
  • Establish and foster relationships with local employers and resources to support students/job seekers.
  • Collaborate and participate in student/client staffing meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

 Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Works in a traditional climate controlled office environment.
  • Travels with students throughout the community
  • Standing for extended periods of time
  • Regular walking/standing
  • Lift up to 20 lbs.

About Foundation for Blind Children:

Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) is a high profile, nationally recognized non-profit agency recently featured on FOX’s “The O”Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Today” Show, and in Arizona Highways magazine, USA Today and the Arizona Republic.  Established in 1952, FBC serves over 2,000 individuals who are blind and visually impaired of all ages, from birth to 100+ years old on three campuses in the Valley.  Our preschool program for children who are blind and visually impaired is one of the largest Arizona and we are the leader in the blind community for new and innovative methods.  The vision of the Foundation for Blind Children is a world where vision loss is a diagnosis, not a disability.