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Assistant Manager, Employer and Partner Relations - 

This position is responsible for establishing and stewarding partnerships with employers to generate and support successful job placement opportunities for YJC participants in In School Youth (ISY) and Out of School Youth (OSY) programs.  Builds trusting relationships internally and externally to identify areas of improvement in pre-employment training, as well as employer best practices for supporting youth on the job. Participates in training youth, specific to employer hiring needs.  Conducts on-site visits, employer presentations, and hiring events in support of the employer outreach strategy.   Works with both Career Advisors and participants to ensure strong and sustainable job placements.

Principal Responsibilities:
Employer Relations
•    Build and sustain trusting relationships with employer partners
•    Solicit feedback and engage employer partners in program planning for continuous improvement
•    Develop segmentation of employers based on their ability to work closely with YJC, modify supports for placements and integrate employer best practices
•    In partnership with key employers, implement best practices for placement, orientation and on-the-job support
•    Conduct employer satisfaction surveys, sharing results quarterly and publishing annually

Job Placement and Planning:
•    Review, revise and execute employer outreach strategy to increase awareness about YJC programs and services
•    Research prospective businesses with hiring needs and conduct regular community outreach presentations
•    With HS and OSY Career Advisors (CAs), match youth to open positions based upon goals, skill sets and interests
•    Make connections between CAs and Employer partners to build ongoing support for placed clients
•    Work with CAs on job retention to ensure effective implementation and adapting as necessary
•    Coordinate and plan 2-3 major community Job Fairs in partnership with City of Evanston
•    Plan, coordinate and organize onsite employer hiring events at YJC@ offices (including ETHS, Sullivan High School, Gage Park High School and Wells Academy)
•    Perform job placement and job counseling, as needed, assisting clients with the achievement of career/employment goals
•    Update the YJC jobs database weekly

Job-Readiness Training: 
•    Conduct a portion of YJC’s Job-readiness training (JRT) on workplace expectations, resume development and interviewing techniques
•    Engage employer partners to participate as able in YJC’s Directory of Professionals, career panels, trainings, institutes, job fairs, internships and job shadows
•    Work with the Development Office to integrate individual/corporate giving and board development strategies into employer outreach plans as appropriate

•    Build relationships with partnership agencies providing complementary support services to youth
•    Serve on internal and external ad hoc committees, i.e. YJC’s Business & Employment Advisory Committee, Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance and other outreach committees
•    Track and document employer cultivation and follow-up activities
•    Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports tracking progress towards job development benchmarks


  • B.S./B.A. degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • 3 – 5 years of working with youth and/or workforce development
  • Outstanding relationship building and interpersonal skills
  • Professional demeanor and business appearance
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven culture
  • Strong documentation and technology skills, with proficiency in Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point). Database and project management skills required
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Well-organized, efficient, detail-oriented, self-starter, and deadline driven
  • Local travel required; must have reliable transportation with proof of insurance



  • 3 – 5 years of marketing experience.
  • 3 – 5 years of sales experience.

Bi-lingual preferred

The Youth Job Center is an equal opportunity employer. It is the established policy of the Agency to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons and to administer all aspects and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, military or veteran status, marital status, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or family medical history, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.