Job Title: Student Career Coordinator
Department: Rehabilitation and Workforce
Employee Status: Full-Time Exempt
Reports to: Director of Placement Services
Primary Location: VISIONS, 500 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013
Salary Range: 58,500-60,000 per year
The Student Career Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are to work directly with college students and recent college graduates who are recipients of the Brother Kearny Scholarships offered by the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, clients of VISIONS youth services and adult workforce clients. He/she/they will collaborate with the other members of the Workforce Development and Youth Services team at VISIONS to assist blind college students to secure summer internships and for the recent graduates to secure permanent, competitive employment upon graduation, in fields that correspond to their degrees.
This will be achieved through group, and one-to-one training, for the scholars beginning in their college freshman year or first year of graduate school, through graduation and beyond. The Student Career Coordinator will conduct assessments for scholars entering the program as well as coordinate one-on-one relationships with each Scholar either in person or remotely using Zoom, Google Meet, texting and other forms of electronic interactive communication. These meetings will be focused on building the student’s academic, socialization and employment skills while still in college or graduate school; thus better preparing them for the world of work.
The Student Career Coordinator will serve as a “role model” for each student. He/she/they will work with the other members of the department to develop a network of employers, including government agencies, for profit, and not-for-profit organizations to provide internships to build job skills; and identify employers who can offer competitive employment for Scholars who successfully complete the program. They will also be responsible for tracking the progress of the scholars through their college years and follow their success after they obtain employment.
Additionally, the Student Career Coordinator will be responsible for securing and tracking authorizations for workforce and youth services that are approved through the New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB). This involves maintaining relationships with various State vocational rehabilitation counselors in order to identify support services the participant could benefit from. He/she/they may be called upon to enter client data into the agency database.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Conduct assessments with students who are referred to VISIONS by the Lavelle scholars program. This tool is to evaluate a student’s technology, daily living and orientation and mobility skills as well as their academic strengths and career goals. This tool may be revised from year to year based on findings from the previous year.
- Establish and maintain a regular meeting schedule (at least 2 to 3 times per month) with an assigned caseload of up to 25 students. Since some students may be attending colleges outside the NY metropolitan area, meetings can be done via Zoom, Google Meet, text, instant message, etc. Periodically, include the Lavelle Fund Scholarship Project Coordinator and/or vocational rehabilitation counselor in these meetings. Maintain comprehensive case notes on all student interactions.
- Provide one-on-one and group counseling to students on topics such as time management, preparing for exams, self-advocacy, career exploration, and overall college life.
- Assist students with completing applications for jobs and summer internships. This can be done remotely or in person.
- For students who are near graduation, work with workforce department staff to assess their job readiness including qualifications, practical skills, career interests, strengths and weaknesses. Assist students with preparing cover letters and resumes.
- Provide job placement to NYSCB job seekers, mostly consisting of new graduates from college
- Develop a good working relationship with all NYSCB counselors
- Working with the Director of Career Services and other Workforce staff, plan and help facilitate at least one residential college student work readiness training each year to be held at our residential facility in Rockland County.
- Maintain an organized system of recording and tracking student progress towards their academic and/or employment goals. Case notes should document services such as specific milestone achievements, challenges in school, telephone or face-to-face meetings, and any follow-up activities. Be prepared to share these reports with the director of Placement Services and the Lavelle Fund Scholarship project coordinator.
- As assigned, accompany students to college career fairs, networking events, and interviews.
- Attend networking events and job fairs to advocate on behalf of scholars, youth and adult placement clients seeking summer internships or permanent employment.
- Set up in-person meetings with each student to take place during school breaks.
- Arrange all meetings between students and other workforce staff; whether it be in person, via video conferencing, or other methods of telecommunication.
- Develop an innovative and accessible method by which students can receive important information and/or be able to communicate and share relevant student-related events with each other (e.g., using listservs, Facebook or linked in group, google dox, etc.).
- As assigned, enter all student, youth and adult placement client demographic information in to agency database.
- Assist with the planning, and facilitating of the adult work readiness trainings held virtually or in-person at the Greenwich Street office, at VCB, or other locations.
- Follow-up tracking of all scholars and youth after they leave VISIONS programs for at least one year. Implement protocol for gathering necessary information.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Placement Services, Senior Director of Workforce Programs, or the Chief Program Officer for the workforce department.
- Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of two years experience, (preferably in an academic or blindness organization) or Master’s degree in rehab counseling or any related field.
- Proficient in use of all standard PC office applications (word-processing, spreadsheet, Internet, and email communications).
- Knowledge of Apple IOS and Mac, Android and Windows operating systems.
- Proficient in the use of social media including, but not limited to, Linked in, Facebook and Twitter.
- Exceptional interpersonal and written communications skills.
- Familiar with interactive communication tools such as facetime, google Meet, Zoom, Duo and others. As well as proficient in the use of text messenger apps.
- High expectations for success of youth, a positive attitude and ability to motivate students to achieve their maximum potential.
- Willing to travel throughout all five Boroughs of New York and surrounding counties when necessary.
- Must be organized, self-starting, assertive, resourceful and goal-oriented.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus.
58,500-60,000. Commensurate with education and experience. Health and other benefits including generous paid time off.
VISIONS 500 Greenwich St. 3rd Floor New York, NY 10013 (also VISIONS Center on Blindness, in Rockland County, and VISIONS at Selis Manor on West 23rd Street).
Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Khadija Bari, Director of Placement Services at email@example.com
This is a hybrid role.
VISIONS offers a very generous benefits package including four weeks of paid vacation, 13 sick days and four personal days annually, 12 paid holidays, Health insurance through Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, 403B retirement plan with a 5% employer contribution after one year of employment and more.
VISIONS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit vision rehabilitation and social service agency incorporated in 1926. VISIONS provides services for blind and visually impaired people of all ages in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.
VISIONS is an equal opportunity employer. All job candidates, consultants, volunteers, and interns 18 years of age and older, must consent to a background investigation after a preliminary job offer, references and education verification.