Job Developer

position Description

Organization Overview:

Youth Justice Network (YJN) was founded in 1990 to anchor, support and build capacity among young people released from jail in New York City. We break cycles of incarceration and promote an equitable justice system by providing young people with opportunities to grow, thrive, and lead.  Through a combination of individualized advocacy, mentorship and services, our network of advocates develops relationships with young people whose lives intersect with the justice system.  We leverage authentic relationships and local resources so that young people can forge their pathways to wellbeing and positive development.   

Position Background and Description:

The Job Developer will work with recently released youth to facilitate their engagement with the world of work and support their employment needs – from job readiness to short and long term employment goals. He/she/they will be responsible for leading the Career Services job development efforts and modeling employer account development. developing new employment partners and working with the Career Specialists to review candidates’ resumes, provide job interview coaching, strategically place and match candidates to opportunities based on skill sets and overall abilities, and provide post-placement follow-up services to determine job satisfaction; track and analyze each candidate’s interview/placement activity.

Objectives of this Role
  • Roles and Responsibilities:
    Develop and maintain relationships with employers
  • Conduct active employer outreach/marketing to develop short-term labor, paid internships, job shadowing opportunities, and permanent employment for youth;
  • Establish relationships with employers that allow for the flow of information regarding problems, complaints, and progress of recently placed jobseekers; identify and discuss corrective action strategies with direct supervisor as needed;
  • Demonstrate to employers the effectiveness and profitability of employing Youth Justice Network’s jobseekers by identifying positions commensurate with their skill sets;
  • Educate employers on the advantages of hiring from Youth Justice Network’s pool of candidates; be able to cite recent departmental employment statistics and competitive advantage of hiring from Youth Justice Network;
  • Cultivate and develop larger business accounts;
  • Strategically place and match candidates to opportunities based on skill sets and overall abilities;
  • Provide one-on-one career coaching to young adults with limited work history and low-levels of educational attainment as they transition into the workplace and achieve professional advancement;
  • Utilize a strategic, individualized approach to place justice-involved youth into internships and/or sustainable jobs, and facilitate re-placement services for employers and jobseekers when necessary;
  • Assist in the creation of strong working resumes for each jobseeker and ensure candidates' ability to speak to their resumes prior to their interview(s); instruct applicants in job search and interviewing techniques as needed;
  • Work alongside the Senior Career Specialist to determine job-readiness of each candidate and identify top candidates for specific job orders and internships;
  • Maintain regular phone, email, and in-person communication with graduates on caseload; develop unique motivational strategies and incentives to get graduates to 365-day employment retention goal;
  • Document all pertinent discussions, milestones, events, and incidents in real-time in Youth Justice Network’s internal database system (ETO).
  • Lead the Job Development efforts of the Career Services team
  • Convene and facilitate a weekly Job Development meeting to coordinate employer outreach and participant placement efforts; develop agendas and prepare appropriate data for meetings;
  • Use to ETO to prepare and share reports on the employment status and salary/benefits/hours of graduates on a weekly to monthly basis; track job retention at critical milestones throughout the year with the overarching goal of attaining 90-plus days of continuous employment for each individual;
  • Organize Youth Justice Network participation at hiring events, career fairs, etc.
  • Support the overall efforts of the Career Center team
  • Assist Career Services team in identifying additional resources and partners who can assist with basic needs fulfillment (i.e.: employment, housing, clothing, haircuts, incentives, additional skills training needs).
  • Work with colleagues to help youth change their lives and build their careers.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or relevant experience working with youth population;
  • Demonstrated experience in the workforce development field, or in a related sales capacity, with a solid, proven job bank/lead list, and strong;
  • Two years of experience working in a community-based setting with youth and young adults who are justice-involved;
  • Integrity, flexibility and a profound commitment to the youth we serve;
  • Commitment to working collegially and in a team-based setting;
  • Experience/training in youth development;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and an understanding and belief in strengths-based youth development philosophy;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and other business software; experience with data tracking/entry and report development;
  • Covid-19 vaccination

Preferred Applicant Qualifications:

  • Experience with trauma informed practices
  • Experience in restorative justice practices
  • Experience with mediating and de-escalating conflicts in a youth center or classroom setting
  • Bilingual

Salary Range: 57,000-60,000k

Target Start Date: ASAP

Work Location: Harlem Office: 63 W 125th St 4th Floor, New York, NY 10027

All employees must be fully vaccinated at time of hire.

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