The overall vision of the position is to help transition survivors of human trafficking from vulnerability and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. We are seeking a person with unique professional and interpersonal skills capable of motivating and inspiring other while interacting effectively with survivors, employers, and service providers. The successful candidate will lead Freedom a la Cart’s employment coaching and pairing initiative by successfully transitioning survivors from our Freedom community and workforce development program to employment in viable, trauma-safe workplaces; engage with employers to identify viable job opportunities and ensure training meets their needs; and provide ongoing employment support to ensure job retention and advancement in the workplace.
Freedom a la Cart is an innovative, nonprofit social enterprise and workforce development program born to help survivors of human trafficking build a new life of freedom and self-sufficiency. What started as a single food cart is now a bustling, full-service catering company, grown from the hearts and hard work of the women who sustain us. At Freedom a la Cart we are passionate about the human trafficking survivors we serve, our customers, our volunteers, our business partners and our staff. We work hard, have fun and roll up our sleeves to make the dreams of survivors happen.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assess program participant to identify individual strengths, explore vocational interests and set personal and professional goals with tangible steps to achieve goals
- Ensure participants continuously works toward financial independence, educational attainment and life skills such as drivers license and housing
- Develop participants’ soft skills to improve morale and cohesiveness in the workplace (ie. conflict management and team building)
- Develop a clear employment transition roadmap for participants with milestones that fit into the individual’s 6-24 month cycle of workforce development
- Provide survivors with the necessary support and training to facilitate job readiness, tailor the services to meet each survivor’s individual needs; and connect survivors with community resources (partner agencies) for vocational training or educational services needs
- Track employment and employment coaching data to assess program effectiveness and impact for grant reporting and development of the workforce development program needs
- Network to develop a resource channel of potential employment partners; identify choice employers through an established criteria; conduct employer interviews and site visits; and ensure that FALC training meets the needs of the choice employer
- Develop relationships with choice employers in order to understand business, culture, and the job requirements of the positions they seek to fill
- Acknowledge client requests and phone calls within 1 business day
- Work with choice employers to identify specific skills they are seeking and develop a process for qualified program participants to acquire those skills
- Provide job and career coaching, follow up, and job retention services to program participants
- Train choice employers on human trafficking awareness, trauma education, understanding the benefits cliff and defining earning requirements for economic security
- Other duties as assigned
We are looking for someone who has passion and an ambitious desire to grow and develop personally and professionally.
- Associates Degree + 2 years employment coaching or relevant experience
- Adaptable people person with strong social/interpersonal skills and ability to communicate well with diverse audiences
- Excellent writing skills comparable with the communication and reporting requirements of the position
- Knowledge of creating and utilizing Google applications Docs, Sheets, Gmail and Slides
- Well organized and self-directed
- A total team player with strong work ethic and “can-do” attitude
- Ability to problem-solve, troubleshoot, anticipate needs and apply sound judgement in new or unusual situations
- Ability to network within the Greater Columbus business community in ways that foster collaborative relationships (must be able to travel locally)
- Effectively manage time and prioritize requests to meet deadlines and maximize productivity
- Experience in working with vulnerable trauma survivors preferred
- Flexible with the ever ebbing and flowing needs of a growing company
- Most importantly, love to have fun while changing the world!