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Career Readiness Specialist

Phalen Leadership Academies
Indianapolis, IN, United States

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The Opportunity
As a Career Readiness Specialist, you will play a vital role in preparing individuals for success in the workforce by providing comprehensive career readiness services. Your primary responsibility will be to equip program participants with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to successfully navigate today's competitive job market. You will conduct assessments, develop individualized career plans, and provide ongoing support to ensure participants are prepared for their desired career paths. Additionally, you will collaborate with team members, community partners, employers, and other stakeholders to facilitate job placements and opportunities for program graduates. The ideal candidate will be passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their career goals and committed to making a positive impact in their lives. This role's dedication to student success and a desire to inspire and guide will empower our students to realize and achieve their goals.

The Details
Key Deliverables:
  • Provide mentorship and coaching to students to guide and ultimately allow students a safe space to open up about goals for the future as well as barriers that are keeping them from successful completion.
  • Monitor student program enrollment, drops, and withdrawals to identify and formulate action plans for success.
  • Support the development of a structured in-person career readiness and life skills workshop including presenting and facilitating via online or an in-person setting
  • Lead efforts toward increasing college and career readiness for all students.
  • Organize meaningful work-based learning opportunities through business/industry and community resources.
  • Respond in an appropriate and timely manner to all student inquiries.
  • Maintain accurate, comprehensive, confidential, and up-to-date notes/records within the enrollment management database.
  • Process documentation and student information appropriately according to departmental standards.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

LOCATION: Indianapolis, IN, or within a 40-mile radius. This hybrid position requires in-person interaction with students, training partners, and community partners as needed.

Experience and Education Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in social work, higher education, or a related field of study, or four years of related experience.
  • Two years of experience advising or admissions within adult student services.
  • Knowledge of workforce development, career pathways, and hiring trends.
  • Proficiency In working with spreadsheets (Excel), databases, and CRM platforms like Salesforce and Hubspot (Or Similar) Is mandatory.
  • Understanding of career advising and education best practices.
  • Experience in adult education training, customer service, and personal service.
  • Must possess excellent skills in active listening, speaking, reading comprehension, social perceptiveness, critical thinking, writing, judgment and decision making, active learning, complex problem solving, and service orientation.
  • Highly skilled in deductive reasoning, problem sensitivity, inductive reasoning, and information ordering.
  • Knowledge of social work case management is required.
  • Being bilingual is an added advantage.

Organization Overview:

As part of PLA University's commitment to empowering adults in marginalized communities, the Career Advisor/Career Transition Specialist is crucial in supporting individuals through career transitions. At PLA University, we aim to provide the tools, training, and resources necessary for individuals to secure high-demand jobs and achieve economic stability. Through comprehensive vocational programs, wraparound services, career counseling, networking, and mentorship, we equip our participants with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in today's job market. The success of our program graduates underscores the transformative impact of PLA University in breaking the cycle of poverty and fostering long-term economic growth.

Compensation and benefits:
  • A base salary that is competitively aligned to the market.
  • Monthly professional development opportunities
  • Incentive and bonus opportunities

PLA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristics as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

Please read carefully.

Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA) is an equal opportunity employer. PLA does not discriminate in employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service.

By completing this application you understand that neither the completion of this application nor any other part of my consideration for employment establishes any obligation for PLA to hire me. If hired, I understand that either PLA or I can terminate my employment at any time and for any reason, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of PLA has the authority to make any assurance to the contrary.

You attest by applying to this position that you have given PLA true and complete information on this application. No requested information has been concealed. I authorize PLA to contact references provided for employment reference checks. If any information I have provided is untrue, or if I have concealed material information, I understand that this will constitute cause for the denial of employment or immediate dismissal.


  • PLA is non-profit network founded in 2013
  •  Currently serves over 10,000 scholars at 22 schools across the country
  •  Our model is specifically designed to raise the achievement of historically underserved students by providing a rigorous, personalized, and well-rounded educational experience for all students
  •  Successfully transformed six F-rated schools into A-rated schools.
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