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Union Settlement is an East Harlem anchor institution, serving families, children, youth, older adults and businesses for more than 127 years.  As a proud member of the settlement house movement, our nonprofit organization is always innovating to meet our evolving community.   Since opening our doors in 1895, we have brought education, wellness, business support and community-building programs to our neighborhood, empowering New Yorkers with opportunities to realize their dreams.


Today, Union Settlement offers more than thirty programs and services, across nearly twenty East Harlem locations and serves more than 10,000 people and nearly 1,000 businesses every year.  As a pillar of East Harlem, Union Settlement is a connector, convenor and advocate for the neighborhood and our network of partnerships. We have a dynamic, diverse and collaborative team of more than 350 who are committed to supporting our neighbors and growing the vitality and success of East Harlem. With new leadership, Union Settlement is growing!  For more information about Union Settlement’s history, programs and mission, please visit our website at www.unionsettlement.org.


Position:            Career Academy Director

Department:     Youth Services

Reports to:       Associate Director of Intervention and Prevention

Hours:               Full-time

FLSA:               Exempt

Salary:              $60,000-$68,500


Position Summary:

The Career Academy Director is responsible for overseeing the employment services component for Youth Services at Union Settlement. Employment services include the management of Career Academy (and its sub-programs), Union Settlement’s work readiness training curriculum for disconnected youth, ages 17-24. Responsibilities also include developing permanent job leads, maintaining a job bank with entry and advanced level job openings, and placing program participants into employment. The Director will assess participants’ job skills, abilities and interests, and match participants with appropriate positions. The Director will also be responsible for managing, tracking, and reporting employment data on a regular basis. This position manages two Workforce Development Associates.



  • Build relationships with participants in order to construct bridges to future long-term job-retention; conduct weekly employment visits and/or home visits as needed.
  • Develop relationships with employers and organizations in East Harlem and neighboring areas with ongoing staffing needs through networking, cold calling, face to face meetings with potential employers, and other business development efforts.
  • Design and facilitate employment workshops to a minimum of 185 disconnected youth each year related to the labor market, resume writing, interview skills and the independent job search for participants.
  • Develop placement assignments consistent with the training program and skills of participants.
  • Place a minimum of 12 program participants per month in jobs, internships, and/or vocational training opportunities.
  • Document placement outcomes and milestones in the database.
  • Collaborate with other Youth Services staff to identify potential participants from their programs.
  • Create a fun, thought provoking program environment developed around a strength-based learning approach grounded in youth development principles.
  • Attend external meetings, conferences, workshops, and other networking opportunities to promote agency visibility.
  • Maintain participant files and case notes.
  • Conduct ongoing market research to determine areas of high employer demand.
  • Identify and develop a strategic service plan that serves both the needs of the employers and clients.
  • Participate in at least one Youth Services programmatic committee.
  • Attend and participate in scheduled Leadership and Youth Services staff meetings.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Director of Youth Services or Associate Director Of Prevention/Intervention.
  • Supporting grant writing and budget proposals for new workforce contracts.
  • Onboarding Paperwork and process management.
  • ADP payroll and time and attendance verification and process.
  • Management of Sub-programs: Work Progress Program, Work Plus Program, Times Square Alliance Job Placements and SYEP.
  • Working with NYC elected officials and agencies for partnership and event opportunities for participants.
  • Creating a pipeline of training providers and resources for sector-based
    options for participants.
  • Setting up new and creating additional areas of connection and partnership with external stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related fields.
  • Demonstrated employment counseling or job development experience required.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with at-risk, disconnected, court-involved and/or high-risk youth.
  • Knowledge of job development strategies required.
  • Knowledge of labor market trends in a range of occupational fields (professional, skilled, semi-skilled, and industrial).
  • Familiarity with the use of computerized job banks is preferred.
  • Ability to outreach, network, and market participants and program.
  • Ability to motivate participants toward full-time employment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform multiple tasks effectively in a fast-paced, challenging, and constantly changing environment.
  • Familiarity with the East Harlem community preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the employment challenges facing minority youth in underserved communities.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.




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