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A Place Called Home

Career Placement Manager

Employment type
3 months ago
Los Angeles

Job Title: Career Placement Manager (PREP Lead)
Department: Teen & Young Adult Services
Reports to: Associate Program Director, Teen & Young Adult Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Our Mission
A Place Called Home provides a safe, nurturing environment with proven programs in arts, education and wellness for the young people in South Central Los Angeles to help them improve their economic conditions and develop healthy, fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Under the direction of the Associate Program Director, Teen & Young Adult Services, the Career Placement Manager will ensure program execution aligns with department goals, strategy, budget and expectations of the Professional Readiness and Employment Program (PREP). The Career Placement Manager will have an external focus and be a liaison with local businesses, municipalities, corporate entities, schools and training programs to cultivate partnerships, explore internship and externship opportunities and develop new career and vocational training routes that will lead to employment. The Career Placement Manager will create and maintain relationships with potential partners that will assist in the realization of the vision for PREP - to prepare, train and support youth from marginalized communities and disadvantaged backgrounds to explore and pursue meaningful careers that will be financially and personally rewarding.
The Career Placement Manager will work collaboratively with the Career Guidance Manager, who manages the internal efforts, to provide opportunities for members to identify career interests, develop relevant experience, and prepare to enter the workforce. The Career Placement Manager will work with the Career Guidance Manager to align partnerships and job development to the career interests and plans of the members to ensure individualized career exploration and opportunities. The Career Placement Manager is an innovative thinker who agrees to support members in their transition to adulthood. This person is a visionary with the ability to think big while tending to the details of the day to day. The Career Placement Manager takes initiative and uses creativity to execute their plans and ideas, while employing an open style of communication and collaboration. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial attitude and sales personality that can build and maintain high quality, long term partnerships with employers and represent A Place Called Home, and the level of excellence we provide to
our members, externally to partners.

Program Delivery

  • Collaborate with Career Guidance Manager and external partners to provide job readiness instruction, including but not limited to resume/cover letter writing, interview skills, elevator pitch, workplace etiquette, communication skills, and more
  • Responsible for developing and managing relationships with organizations that expose and educate members on vocational training programs and career pathways and offer job and internship/externship opportunities
  • Develop and maintain relationships with organizations and employers looking to provide career and training opportunities for APCH members in alignment with member interests and career goals
  • Work closely with APCH staff to develop career training and externship opportunities for existing APCH programs, including but not limited to digital media, textile art, theater, music engineering, culinary arts and more
  • Collaborate with Career Guidance Manager to create individualized plans for members that include providing additional job readiness training, matching members to appropriate work opportunities, and/or identifying vocational training opportunities
  • Manage and follow up on individual plans for teen and young adult members seeking employment to ensure wraparound services are being provided 
  • Responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the externship program. This includes developing program objectives and goals, policy and procedures for the externship program, an employer network, pay structure and means of program evaluation (for both members and employers).
  • Identify industry sectors and employers that offer high quality career training and educational programs and seek their agreement to host extern/s and/or hire members
  • Conduct site visits with both employers/externship hosts and members to ensure quality performance delivery and management
  • Establish clear career ladders with partner organizations that includes industry mentorship that aligns with agency mission and values
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with an Employer Advisory Board to establish best practices and industry standards for training and worksite preparation
  • Implement customized and targeted youth candidate recruitment from APCH membership
  • Responsible for hosting and facilitating quarterly Employer Advisory Board meetings, including scheduling, setting the agenda, disseminating notes and other tasks as necessary
  • Facilitate career exposure opportunities through field trips, special events, guest speakers, and job shadowing
  • Responsible for the implementation of the annual career fair, job recruitments, introductory mixers, and job fairs
  • Conduct regular research into current job boards and career trends and share pertinent information
  • Implement a regular schedule for evaluation and assessment for internships, job readiness training, externships and other career-related experiences.
  • Responsible for tracking member progress and on-site performance, job placement/wages/retention, and other data using comprehensive case notes and writing monthly reports.
  • Responsible for tracking and providing data to be included in monthly/annual department reports, grant reports, board reports and others as requested
  • Move operations to a digital platform, including externship applications, mock applications, and evaluations
  • Liaison with senior staff and community relations personnel to maximize opportunities for program exposure


Other Responsibilities

  • Assist with all administrative duties that are assigned and execute in a timely manner
  • Track deliverables and key data in order to submit monthly reports on program and member progress to Program Director
  • Facilitate teen programming when necessary
  • Assist with the supervision of members during program hours, special events and field trips
  • Serve as a mentor and role model for members
  • Attend all required program meetings
  • Perform other tasks as assigned


Technical and Performance Skills
Excellent Oral and Written
Communication Skills
Customer Service
Time Management
Ability to Multi-task
Dedicated to excellence
Strong Organizational Skills
Microsoft Office Skills
Bilingual (Spanish/English) Preferred


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three years experience working with teen and young adult population
  • Three years Sales experience


Additional Information

  • Must work well with diverse populations of employees and clients
  • Must be able to understand labor market information and employer requirements
  • Must be able to work some evenings and/or weekends for department and/or agency events
  • Must be a solution-oriented team player who both promotes and practices a growth mindset
  • Must provide exemplary customer service and welcoming hospitality to members and families


A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

Background screening required.

To apply

Please submit your application by applying through our applicant tracking site or visiting our website at https://apch.org/who-we-are/job-opportunities/