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Career Specialist (Bilingual-Spanish)



The Urban Resource Institute (URI), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization established in 1980, operates shelter, legal and job training programs for domestic violence victims, residential and vocational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, and residential programs for homeless families. With a $73 million annual budget with over 500 staff, URI promotes safety, justice, health, and independence for vulnerable individuals and families residing in New York City.

The Career Specialist will participate as a member of a team of educational, employment-readiness and job placement specialists to deliver its Educational Initiative and Pathways programs financial literacy curriculum and to facilitate placement into living-wage jobs and jobs of the future. The economic empowerment team will utilize a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens to provide both individual and group support to clients and identify and build relationships with appropriate community partners. The Career Specialist will assist clients of the Economic Empowerment Program in their career development.  The position will facilitate group workshops on career development and provide individual coaching and support.  They will assess vocational needs and refer to Job Developer.


  • Assist in the development and implementation of strengths-based employment readiness assessments and plans with individual members based on their interests, skills, and goals to support them in developing a career pathway to living-wage employment.
  • Plan and facilitate trauma-informed trainings on employment readiness, skill-building with members, including resume and cover letter writing, job search, and interview skills.
  • Provide individual assessments to discover strengths for and barriers to employment and develop a Career/Employment Service Plan for all clients upon entry to the program.
  • Provides individual supportive trauma-informed counseling related to career and/or internship skills, general support, and employment retention.
  • Meet with clients on a regular basis to provide support to the client throughout their time in the program.
  • Conduct case conferences with team members, as needed, to further an individual’s progress toward employment goals.
  • Provide internal and external referrals as needed.
  • Meet weekly with the Director for supervision and perform other duties assigned by the Director.
  • Attend training seminars.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings and in training seminars conducted to enhance and develop one’s skills.
  • Accurately track metrics in the selected database of employers and related data and other duties as may be assigned by the Program Director. Enter data on a timely basis and assist with data for Program reports.
  • Attend coalitions, task forces, working groups and committees focused on relevant employment issues as directed.
  • Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.



  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.
  • 3-5 years’ experience preferably in a domestic violence or other related settings with experience work with domestic violence survivors on an individual basis. 1-2 years working with survivors of domestic violence in a vocational and/or educational capacity.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or a related human services field, with two years of delivering career readiness services to survivors of domestic violence. Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Highly motivated, with proven capacity to work independently, take initiative, and thrive in a high-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the Urban Resource Institute.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to the public interest and an understanding of trauma-informed services.
  • Knowledge of educational and employment barriers and resources for low-income and survivors of violence in NYC.
  • Knowledge of NYC public benefits systems.
    • Demonstrated sensitivity and experience with and/or knowledge of domestic violence within and against disenfranchised communities including individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or HIV-affected, the elderly and individuals with mental health issues.
    • Demonstrated a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach when working with survivors of domestic violence.
    • Experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse team, maintaining a healthy work environment for staff that encourages professionalism, respect, equality, diversity and continuous improvement.
    • Strong writing and public speaking skills with an ability to manage and organize multiple projects in a busy, pressured working environment.
    • Ability to work independently and in a team, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with people of diverse educational, cultural and professional backgrounds.
    • Must be a responsible individual with a reputable character, known to exercise sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and cope with stress and crises in a calm manner.
    • Willingness to travel to residential and community program spaces, and community partner sites
    • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Apricot.


    Interested candidates may forward a copy of their resume to careers@urinyc.org for consideration.

    Urban Resource Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

    This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training