Youth Job Center is currently looking to add a Career Pathways Program Career Advisor. If you are interested in learning more please review the position description below.


Career Advisor - Career Pathways Program

Basic Function:

This position is responsible for working with young people as part of YJC’s Career Pathways Team. Main responsibilities include:

  • Provide employment counseling, coaching, placement, and retention support for a caseload of youth ages 18-25.

  • Extensive database management using Career Connect, Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) systems and Salesforce.

  • Consistent tracking and reporting in all areas related to eligibility criteria, outcomes, activities, documentation, and other WIOA and Career Pathways requirements.

This position works closely with employers, community organizations and school districts to recruit eligible youth participants. Works in tandem with Career Pathways team to provide supports toward longer-term career planning and opportunities.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Assist youth with career exploration, including information about current labor market trends, guiding them toward goal setting in alignment with their skills/interests.

  • Work closely with Core Services and employment team to build and maintain relationships with employers, and to place eligible/suitable youth into program.

  • Build and maintain relationships with schools, employers, and community-based organizations to recruit youth into program; regularly attend recruitment and outreach events.

  • Record, track, and document all physical and electronic participant files according to WIOA requirements.

  • Assist with monthly and quarterly reports to ensure program outcomes are aligned with annual goals.

Core Competencies:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and history of database management, accurate record keeping, and timely reporting.

  • Strong time management skills.

  • Personal belief in youth development and strengths-focused relationship building.

  • High level of accuracy and accountability; attention to detail.

  • Experience with Workforce Development practices and processes, WIOA and Career Connect preferred.

  • Must be willing to travel throughout Cook County.

Education/Work Experience:

  • A./B.S. degree or equivalent education and experience in workforce development, youth development, and/or case management

  • 2-3 years of experience working with at-risk, chronically unemployed youth and young adults

  • 2-3 years of reporting and data tracking experience

  • Proficiency with computer technology, strong database management skills