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JOBS AT OPP®

If you are interested in working at Our Piece of the Pie ®, Inc., (OPP ®), please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@opp.org.

OPP celebrates diversity in its workforce and is committed to promoting equal opportunity for individuals at all levels. OPP ensures equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, mental retardation, learning disability, or physical disability, including but not limited to blindness.

Current Openings (SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW DESCRIPTION):

  1. Our Piece of the Pie
    1. Youth Development Specialist (Hartford, CT (2) & Norwich, CT (1))
    2. Workforce Development Specialist (Hartford)
    3. Integrated Learning Trainer (Part-time) (Hartford, CT)
  2. Path Academy Windham (Windham, CT)
    1. Special Education Teacher (Part-Time)
    2. Youth Development Specialist

Our Piece of the Pie (Hartford, CT & Norwich, CT)

1) Youth Development Specialist (Hartford, CT (2) & Norwich, CT (1))

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
The Youth Development Specialist is the core to OPP’s services. The YDS is the main point of contact for a youth’s involvement at OPP, helping youth develop long-term plans towards success and providing access to internal and external services to help them reach their goals. A YDS is a hands-on guide and mentor, conducting assessments and making placements that help their future outlook.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participates in the assessment, evaluation and planning of members enrollment, and revising document to include completion of pathways with each enrollment
  • Identifies and communicates significant gaps and/or changes in the member data to appropriate team members responsible for coordination of all member services, to include at minimum monthly/weekly case management reviews with supervisor. Assures that all members complete their individual/student pathway plan.
  • Makes community connections for pathway youth based on member’s needs.
  • Evaluates, facilitates and monitors services and member’s progress in relationship to established goals and objectives.
  • Provides selected organization services to identified caseload; refers clients and families to other services as appropriate.
  • Complete timely input into data management information system (i.e. member case notes, records, plans and reports).
  • Provides crisis intervention as needed for assigned caseload.
  • Regularly have face-to-face member contacts and perform home and/or site visits as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree in the Human Services field required (i.e. Social Work, Psychology); MSW is highly desirable but not required.
  • Experience: Two-three years of experience working in case management environment with a particular focus on youth.

2) Workforce Development Specialist (Hartford, CT)

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
Workforce Development Services offers an array of services/activities that prepare youth (17-24) for the workforce. Workforce Development Specialist assists youth with their transition from Career Competency Development Training (CCDT) to employment. Position is directly responsible for engaging youth ages 14-24 in employment related activities such as Career Competency Training, Internships and/or Job Placements and Retention Support.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Administer career assessments/Interest Inventories.
  • Engage youth in career counseling/planning.
  • Facilitate/coordinate Career Competency Development Training (i.e. Job Readiness Training).
  • Facilitate/coordinate Financial Literacy workshops (including identifying guest speakers).
  • Facilitate/administer Work Readiness Credential and Vocational Certification.
  • Identify, develop and sustain employment-related relationships.
  • Identify job placement and internship worksites.
  • Assist youth with the development of a professional portfolio.
  • Offer job placement assistance, job coaching and retention support.
  • Link to Hartford-area businesses, colleges, school systems, and community service organizations.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Education, Counseling or other related field.
  • At least 2 years of academic, career and/or financial aid counseling experience.
  • Understanding of WIA eligibility guidelines and measures.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse populations and different levels of school and government personnel.
  • Knowledge of issues related to postsecondary access including target populations, community agencies, member colleges and universities, etc.
  • Ability to initiate activities and work independently.
  • Ability to collaborate and work on teams.
  • Ability to represent center program mission to external constituencies.
  • Good organizational and follow-through skills.
  • Computer Literate in Microsoft Office applications.

3) Integrated Learning Trainer (Hartford, CT)

Regular, Part Time

Summary
The Integrated Learning Trainer is responsible for conducting job-readiness and job searching training at Our Piece of the Pie. The training focuses on working with youth to empower them, assess their strengths & weaknesses, and help them develop key employability skills.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Conducting job-readiness/job search training utilizing set curricula to assist youth to develop self-respect, build positive relationships, assess their strengths and weaknesses and helping them develop the employability skills needed to find work.
  • Conduct job readiness workshops for youth participants throughout Youth Business cycles.
  • Provide orientation sessions to prospective youth participants.
  • Notify and coordinate with the Supervisor of Youth Businesses for relevant guest speakers for workshop presentations throughout training cycle.
  • Evaluate and record youth’s performance throughout training cycle and conduct assessments of activities for participants.
  • Follow and implement all job-readiness and life skills curriculum models.
  • Provided feedback and recommendations to the Supervisor of Experiential Learning as to the effectiveness of curriculums provided for training.
  • Maintain and submit monthly narratives, attendance/roster for each training business cycle ensure data is captured in database.
  • Arrange any support service referrals needed.
  • Conduct follow-up activities for participant in training cycle.
  • Utilize database system on a weekly basis to input student case notes and bi-weekly assessments.
  • Attend trainings and staff development meetings.
  • Perform other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Associate degree and three years minimum experience in vocational counseling or related field, preferably in education, social work, criminal justice or business.  Bachelor Degree preferred.
  • Candidate must possess excellent interpersonal, problem solving and motivational skills. Bilingual/Bicultural preferred.
  • Links to Hartford area colleges, school systems, and community service organizations.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point), and internet systems.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the complex documents.
  • Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquires or complaints.
  • Ability to make effective speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics.

 

Path Academy Windham (Windham, CT)

Path Academy was unanimously approved as a state charter school in June 2013 by Connecticut’s Board of Education and is managed by Hartford-based non-profit Our Piece of the Pie. Opening in August 2014, Path Academy will re-engage over-age, under-credited students in the Windham, Connecticut region by supporting them through mastery of the critical skills necessary for success in college, career and community.

For more information on Path Academy and Our Piece of the Pie's role, please visit www.PathAcademyWindham.org or here.

1) Special Education Teacher

Regular, Part-Time

Summary
The special education teacher is the primary person responsible for delivering services based on each student's need and individual education plan (IEP). The teacher will coordinate with certified and non-certified staff to deliver all appropriate services and requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide Special Education Services in accordance with Individual Education Plan for each student.
  • Plan and deliver engaging, rigorous lessons, according to students’ needs and the provided curriculum, where applicable;
  • Maintain a positive, safe, and organized learning environment;
  • Update grade book on a weekly basis;
  • Inform students and families about students’ progress;
  • Implement school-wide student management policies within classroom;
  • Make parental contact by phone and/or conduct home visits when necessary;
  • Attend parent meetings and conferences;
  • Chaperone local and out-of-state field trip;
  • Complete and submit all necessary paperwork in a timely manner;
  • Partner with YDS for the individualized coordination of school-wide programs and services for each student (i.e. tutoring, mentoring, parental engagement, workforce development, and post-secondary educational plans, etc.);
  • Demonstrate knowledge and support of school's mission, values, standards, policies and procedures, confidentiality standards, and code of ethical behavior;
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, administrative guidelines, and the CT Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Serve as appropriate role model for school’s colleagues, students, staff, and parents;
  • Conduct self in a professional manner during all school meetings;
  • Accomplish tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution; Master Degree in education, or special education, is preferred.
  • Certification: CT Special Education Certification

3) Youth Development Specialist

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
The YDS is responsible for youth development, workforce development and college/post-secondary awareness/readiness services that will help to keep students engaged in high school through their obtainment of their high school diploma and enrollment in a post-secondary education; coordinates and monitors the assessment, planning process and follow up for each youth, serves as an advocate and liaison for and on behalf of students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Each student will be paired with a Youth Development Specialist (YDS) with whom they will meet at least once a week
  • Works together with student to create an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to assess where they are, and create a step-by-step plan to get where they want to be
  • Assesses each student's personal development through the use of the teachings and techniques of the Thrive Foundation for Youth: intended to build a youth’s social and emotional competence, unpack traumas, encourage the adoption of new norms and behaviors, and cultivate a “growth” mindset
  • Acts as attendance monitor and provide attendance outreach to students if they are not in school
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for parents, and increase parent engagement in the student academic experience
  • Acts as central hub for the individualized coordination of school-wide programs and services for each student, working with teachers and other service areas
  • Accepts new assignments, establishes the first point of contact, reviews the Pathways model, and builds trust with each referred youth
  • Provides proactive solutions and resources; empowers youth to work towards reducing barriers
  • Engages weekly with youth through the following methods- email, telephone, face-to-face, and social networking, etc.
  • Researches community resources and services based on youth’s needs and empowers the youth and families to access services
  • Works with parents/caring adults to promote involvement in the student’s education/life
  • Provides systematic data collection and documentation of student’s progress toward their established goals via automated information management systems and insures data inputs are timely and accurate, maintains student hardcopy documentation as needed
  • Achieves organizational standards: engagement, participation, completion, and retention rates
  • Identifies and communicates significant caseload abnormalities during monthly case management review sessions with the Director
  • Serves as student’s advocate, assessing and assuring that quality care is given via one-on-one student mentoring
  • Collaborates with academic staff to deliver OPP’s blended learning educational programs and Pathway Specific Educational Support (i.e. tutoring, homework help, SBAC Prep)
  • Works with the academic staff to ensure students compliance with graduation requirements
  • Works with Academic Services and Post-Secondary Career Coordinator in the coordination of college/post-secondary partnerships, tours and scholarship resources (FASFA Assistance, Bridge Programs, College Application Assistance, financial aid and S/PSAT Prep workshops, college essays and application)
  • Collaborates with OPP Workforce Development department to introduce career competency development programing and to cultivate internship placements
  • Assists in providing experiential learning opportunities within the school
  • Performs home and/or site visits as needed

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field required (i.e. Social Work, Psychology)
  • Two-three years of experience working in case management environment with a particular focus on youth and/or young adults ages 14-24
  • LSW is preferred, not required
  • Proficient in use of computer technology primarily Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Valid CT driver’s license and reliable transportation and/or own vehicle

 If you are interested in any of the positions noted above please submit cover letter & resume to jobs@opp.org