Youth Employment Specialist

SER Metro-Detroit

About the organization

Since 1971, SER Metro-Detroit has consistently maintained a high-performance record in the skills training and placement of consumers into unsubsidized employment in the private sector and in providing employers with a diverse, qualified workforce. The means by which our mission of cultivating a qualified, skilled and adaptable workforce for metropolitan Detroit and the global economy is reflected in our name: Service, Employment, and Redevelopment. SER Metro-Detroit works to give each consumer of services the resources needed to create a life of self-sufficiency and self-fulfillment. SER program mix includes: literacy and education, job readiness skills training, occupational skills training, vocational skills training, job seeker and employer services, welfare reform programming, economic and community development, employment, and extensive youth programming. The services delivery system includes the active participation of the public and private sectors, education, and government.


1. Serves as the liaison between employers and the youth program
2. Promotes the services of the Year Round Youth program to local employers in need of work experience interns and unsubsidized employees.
3. Identifies and secures work experience and employment/career opportunities that match the skills and career interests of youth participants, by conducting employer site visits, using the Internet and social media, networking with community agencies and post-secondary institutions among other related activities.
4. Manages the recruitment of employers and assesses and coordinates work site activities for summer work experience placements.
5. Coordinates with the youth career coach and other staff to ascertain assigned youth’s needs, develop placement strategies, and ensure that concerns/barriers to successful job placement are addressed and resolved appropriately.
6. Conducts workshops on employability skills including job seeking skills, effective interviewing techniques, resume writing, workplace conduct and appearance, etc.
7. Secures employment verifications and other necessary documentation as required by funding source through employer visits, home visits and extensive telephone and mail communication.
8. Assists with follow-up and job retention activities to ensure the needs of the youth are met after placement.
9. Keeps abreast of employer satisfaction and needs by communicating on a regular basis.


1. Bachelor’s degree in human services, related field or equivalent education and experience in employment and training programs.
2. One to two years of experience in recruitment, employment, training, marketing or a related field.
3. Bilingual language skills in English/Spanish or English/Arabic preferred.
4. Must be knowledgeable of efficient office practices and procedures. Must possess the ability to multi task.
5. Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and build professional relationships with employers and program participants.
6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) and online sourcing tool with functional knowledge of internet use for search platforms
7. Mental ability to handle pressures related to meeting placement goals and dealing with multiple individuals from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of need.
8. Valid Michigan Driver’s License. Incumbent must have a reliable means of transportation to and from employer locations.

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