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Vocational Educational Specialist


Founded in 1980, Urban Resource Institute (URI) is committed to the vision of a world free of domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma, where individuals, families, and communities are safe, stable, and thriving. URI works across the spectrum of prevention, intervention and services to empower individuals, families, and communities, particularly communities of color and other disenfranchised populations, to increase their safety and resiliency. URI is the oldest licensed provider of domestic violence shelter and services in New York State, with 40 years of impact capped in the last five years with significant achievements and expansion leading to its position as the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country. This expansion has afforded URI the ability to serve individuals who have traditionally experienced barriers to accessing shelter services, such as singles and families with pets.

Today, URI is maximizing the impact of organizational growth, expanding its positioning as an Innovative service provider, an influential leader and “Employer of Choice” in its field. URI has annual operating budget of approximately $98 million, more than 700 employees and the capacity to provide services to over 40,000 individuals annually. The organization operates in more than 20 locations around New York City and is recognized as a valued thought-leader in the sector across the US and beyond.

Assists residents in learning independent living skills (home management, budgeting, meal planning, home maintenance, etc.) Assess vocational needs and refer to appropriate agency. Assist with employment opportunities.

• Provides assessment and referral for vocational diagnostic evaluation.
• Develops and maintains vocational/educational and employment placement resources.
• Provides adult basic education life skills classroom site as needed.
• Provides individual and group counseling.
• Holds individual and case conferences to re-evaluate vocational/educational status.
• Develop Vocational Educational Service Plan for all residents upon admission.
• Meet with residents on a regular basis to follow-up on self-initiative assignments
• Meet bi-weekly with Director for supervision and perform other duties assigned by the Director.
• Attends training seminars.
• Develop and implement GED, Life Skills and Vocational training classes.
• Provide workshops and screen prospective interns for WIN program initiative.
• Participate in monthly staff meetings and in training seminars conducted to enhance and develop one’s skills.
• Assist with data for Program reports

• Bachelor’s degree in a Human Services field, with two years of delivering vocational-educational services to victims of domestic violence or in another human services setting.
• Five years experience preferably in a domestic violence or other related setting.
• Demonstrated sensitivity and experience with and/or knowledge of domestic violence within and against disenfranchised communities including individuals whom identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or HIV-affected, the elderly and individuals with mental health issues.
• Employee must be computer-literate and must have knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
• Excellent written and verbal skills
• Ability to be flexible with schedule as needed
• Work in collaboration with other departments and agencies to maximize scarce resources.

Interested candidates may apply by visiting https://www.indeed.com/job/vocational-educational-specialist-4c481af62edd5fb1

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