Employment Opportunity – Youth Career Development Specialist (Menlo Park)

Youth Career Development Specialist

About JobTrain: Located on the Menlo Park/East Palo Alto border, JobTrain is a private, nonprofit job-training

center and accredited school (accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – WASC). JobTrain

offers a variety of vocational training programs as well as basic computer and ESL classes.

About the position: This listing is for a full-time exempt position at JobTrain, reporting directly to the Youth

Programs Coordinator. As with any position at JobTrain, we seek individuals who understand the dynamics of a nonprofit

organization, the importance of fiscal responsibility, and the development of programs geared to minority and

underserved populations.

This position works primarily with clients throughout their employment search, although in some cases, the position

will require vocational counseling to clients that are currently in training. The Career Development Specialist will also

work with other staff to develop and market new and innovative approaches to job development and identify

employers in training related fields.


1. Establish, nurture, and maintain employer relationships as well as corporate/business.

2. Assist in the organization of job fairs and participate in sponsored events such as career fairs, boot camps

etc which publicize JobTrain’s vocational training programs and expose JobTrain clients to job interview and

placement opportunities.

3. Case management of job development progress, placement and job retention.

4. Assist Corporate Relations Coordinator in developing, managing, and maintaining an employer/job

development database for informational, tracking, and archival purposes.

5. Make recommendations for improving and redirecting employer relationships and job development

prospects to the Corporate Relations Coordinator.

6. Produce reports detailing efforts in job development, referral and placement activities to the Youth Program


7. Represent JobTrain to businesses, industry, and the community-at-large.

8. Maintain client folders and organizational database on a weekly/monthly basis to include current client data,

and employment information as needed. Strong attention to detail is required.

9. Other related duties to facilitate a strong Client Services Department.


Experience: Any combination of training and experience which demonstrates ability to perform the duties as

described; verified experience in job placement in either private or public agencies within the last four years

preferred; experience working with at-risk populations and experience in public relations preferred. Knowledge of

methods and techniques of job development and client placement; current practices in vocational education; local

labor market trends and employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors in the San Francisco Bay


Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, counseling/ psychology, social

work, or other human services is preferred.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the above.

Other: Successful applicants will have excellent written, verbal, organizational, interpersonal communication, and

computer skills.

Compensation and Eligibility:

JobTrain offers a competitive salary; medical and dental benefits; a 403(b) retirement plan with company

match; life insurance; and paid time off. We are an equal opportunity employer. Successful candidates

must have legal residency and meet the eligibility requirements to work in the United States (per INS Form

I-9 instructions).

How to Apply:

Please send your letter of interest and resumé to Eric Forgaard at eforgaard@jobtrainworks.org or mail to

his attention at the address below. Please no telephone calls.


1200 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025 Main Telephone: (650) 330-6429