Employment Placement Associate Director

Year Up
Dallas, TX
30+ days ago
Year Up
Year Up

Job Description


Reporting to the Site Director, the Associate Director (AD) of Employment Placement will serve as part of Year Up’s Program team and will play a role in coordinating the training, support, and assessment of young adult readiness for internships and mission-aligned career opportunities. They will act as a liaison between key stakeholders on the Business Development team to ensure alignment in filling job opportunities with and for Year Up alumni, and will lead a team accountable to building and stewarding relationships with local hiring managers and staffing agencies. The AD, Employment Placement will act as an escalation point to ensure partner satisfaction and lead the strategy to ensure growth in existing hiring partner accounts. This person will lead and oversee the account management efforts needed to support hiring of alumni, while also preparing and coaching alumni through the job search and interview process. As part of this role, the AD will also maintain a close working relationship with Year Up Professional Resources (YUPRO), a Public Benefit Corporation focused on providing career opportunities to Year Up alumni, to share and strengthen hiring partner relationships.

To be successful in this role, you will thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that requires you to be extremely detail-oriented. You will be comfortable driving strategy and setting direction for a high performing team. You will act as the primary escalation point for all efforts in stewarding, managing and leveraging relationships with Year Up alumni, corporate partners and potential employers to identify employment opportunities for Year Up graduates. You will be comfortable managing through influence and working collaboratively across Year Up teams to ensure that all goals and metrics centered on student success are achieved. As an ideal candidate for this position, you will be someone who enjoys working with both internal and external stakeholders, and can effectively tailor your communication style to diverse audiences.

In keeping with Year Up’s values, the AD, Employment Placement will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a professional skills coach, group facilitator, and advocate. All Year Up Learning Community members are accountable to building a positive educational environment.


Program and Learning Community

  • Work with Program Management team to systematize the implementation of asset-based, skills-focused readiness plans for young adults in all phases of the program
  • Oversee the performance evaluation process for young adults in all phases of the program
  • Play an active role in the internship matching process by speaking to individual skills and internship readiness for all students ensuring the “right fit” match for young adults and corporate partners
  • Serve as a coach/mentor for current students and interns
  • Join and facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings

Job Readiness

  • Ensure that Year Up young adults are “graduate ready” upon completion of program through college-level and career-focused trainings conducted in all phases of the program for ~30 students:
    • Own and drive all aspects of teaching and assessing students in a twice-weekly “Career Development and Interpersonal Relations” course as student prepare to go on internship
    • Own and drive all aspects of teaching and assessing a once-weekly Internship Seminar for students as they transition from internships to career
    • Own and drive all aspects of the systematic delivery of skills-based seminars and courses for graduates of the program as they continue on their job search; including but not limited to topics such as: resume writing, job searches, interviewing techniques and make connections to higher education resources like FAFSA, grant/scholarship research, and college enrollment
  • Oversee the development of a professional volunteer base to support program students, interns and graduates with job searching and higher education planning
  • Ensure the accurate tracking of all metrics in a CRM (Salesforce.com)

Job Procurement

  • Set vision and strategy for the Employment Placement team to secure and fill job requisition goals annually to be filled by Year Up graduates to meet organizational positive outcomes goals
  • Lead the creation and implementation of an annual plan to secure job opportunities for alumni
  • Manage a team with a portfolio of hiring partners
  • Ensure account maps are in place for all accounts, providing direction to the team
  • Craft a strategy to promote Year Up graduates to hiring companies (contract and permanent)
  • Ensure team is prepared to deliver the Year Up value proposition to local employers through in-person and phone-based sales presentations
  • Drive the process for the team to execute on position assessments with hiring companies
  • Ensure the maintenance of a database of job opportunities

Job Placement

  • Collaborate with and lead team to identify potential Year Up interns/alumni for specific job opportunities
  • Ensure a strong process is in place to weigh alumni strengths against the requirements of each job and drive the matching process between candidate and jobs
  • Ensure the follow-up with candidates and hiring companies through regular check-ins and account management
  • Ensure regular check-ins with partners to address partner concerns and gather feedback on alumni hire performance
  • Manage relationship with YUPRO to increase their staffing contracts through partner introductions
  • Collaborate with the Business Development team to leverage and identify new opportunities with existing partners
  • Collaborate with Year Up sites across the country to leverage contacts and existing partnerships
  • Set the strategy to grow and cultivate key accounts by evaluating fit and success of current and past employees, always working towards a mutually beneficial long-term partnership

Team Leadership and People Development

  • Manage the local Employment Placement team, focusing on effective training and onboarding and fostering staff professional development
  • Coach and develop the Employment Placement team in one-on-one and group settings
  • Collaborate with team leads across departments and sites to ensure programmatic outcomes


  • Minimum of 4-5 years of experience in staffing, job readiness, or career services
  • 1-2 years of management experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of job coaching, career counseling, job training and/or enterprise staffing requirements
  • Demonstrated experience designing, teaching and facilitating workforce readiness curriculum and trainings with a commitment to asset-based adult learning principles
  • Eagerness/ability to identify challenges and implement solutions
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Impeccable professional customer service skills with exceptional follow-up and follow-through
  • Ability to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at one time, delivering within deadlines
  • A professional and resourceful style with the ability to work independently
  • Comfortable in a close-knit, team-oriented setting
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Salesforce.com a plus
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with relevant experience and skills.
  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.
  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.
  • Professional Development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives ($2,500 per year)


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 wo rkforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up’s intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has served more than 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has a presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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