Workforce Development and

Post-Secondary Specialist

Welcoming Project

Travis Hill NOLA provides system-involved youth with intensive support during and after detention. Travis Hill NOLA includes the Travis Hills Schools, located in New Orleans’ juvenile detention center and adult jail, and the Welcoming Project, our transition support program for students when they return home. 


The Travis Hill Schools provide incarcerated students with a high quality education, rooted in restorative, trauma-informed care. The Welcoming Project provides mentorship, workforce development, and access to wrap-around services to system-involved youth leaving the Travis Hill Schools and returning home to the New Orleans community.  Travis Hill NOLA is powered by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization. 


Through our work with the Travis Hill Schools, we intend to end juvenile recidivism in New Orleans one student and one community at a time. 


The Position

The Welcoming Project seeks a dedicated workforce development and post secondary education specialist who has the passion, drive and creativity to join the Welcoming Project, our community-based transition support program in New Orleans. Through work with families, community partners, governmental agencies, the corporate and philanthropic community, and scores of individuals, we work to create an unbreakable network of support for court involved teens and young adults that will enable them to return to the community successfully, and positively contribute to the vibrant, creative City of New Orleans. 


The Specialist will work closely with our Tribe Coordinators, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, and full staff to support participants (Fellows) in developing their workforce development skills and applying to and succeeding in the workforce (through full- and part-time jobs, internships, and training opportunities). The Coordinator will also work extensively with local governmental, non-profit agencies and for profit companies to develop a robust network of job training and workplace opportunities for our Fellows.  The specialist will help us identify and liaise with internship and workforce exposure sites and will help us build partnerships with employers in New Orleans, as well as state and local workforce development organizations. The specialist will communicate regularly with individuals and community organizations in order to manage partnerships and will work directly with Fellows to organize, coordinate, and lead workforce development workshops.  


The Specialist will also support older Fellows who have completed high school explore, prepare for, and apply to post secondary educational institutions.  This work may include support with financial aid, applications and site visits.


Primary Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities for the Specialist will include but not be limited to:

  • Conducting outreach to employers, community organizations, and state and local workforce development organizations 

  • Planning and coordinating workforce development trainings and workshops

  • Working closely with Fellows to help them identify and apply to training programs and job opportunities

  • Provide retention support to Fellows with jobs or internships, including regular check-ins, troubleshooting, communication with supervisors, etc.

  • Contributing your talent, creativity and passion to developing innovative and exciting opportunities for Fellows, taking into consideration the needs and interests of Fellows

  • Creating, distributing, and updating an ongoing database of workforce exposure activities, keeping records of contact, attendance at recruitment events, and outreach successes

  • Developing an expertise in the college financial aid application process, and supporting students and families with the financial aid process

  • Organizing college and post secondary school site visits and tours

  • Assisting Fellows with post secondary applications and selection

  • Developing and maintaining a high level of communication and positive relationships with all stakeholders

  • Responding promptly and professionally to all inquiries

  • Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity

  • Modeling and contributing to a culture built on hope and high expectations for achievement

  • Building positive, lasting relationships with Fellows, families, and volunteers

  • Understanding and committing to what it means to be part of a non-profit program, and to what it means to work with students who are being released from confinement, including taking on roles and functions that extend beyond those of your listed job responsibilities 



The Workforce Development Specialist will be thoroughly committed to CEEAS and the Welcoming Project’s mission. Candidates should have previous experience with community engagement, workforce development and training, and youth advocacy. Direct care experience working with teens and young adults is preferred, as is familiarity with the New Orleans workforce development landscape. Start-up work in a nonprofit environment is strongly recommended. A proven commitment to social and racial justice work is a must.


Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:


  • A Bachelor’s degree, with a preference for a degree in counseling, social work, or special education

  • Experience working with a nonprofit or community-based organization, providing direct care and workforce readiness training to teens and young adults

  • Familiarity with New Orleans workforce development landscape

  • A demonstrated willingness to advocate for racial and social justice, as a critical component of one’s work and day-to-day responsibilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people, including our students, their family members, volunteers, partnership sites, school personnel, and correctional facility staff

  • Action-oriented, innovative, adaptable, and resilient, with an unrelenting commitment to our students and the New Orleans community

  • Experience or willingness to utilize Restorative Practices

  • Passionate, mission-driven, committed to working with a sense of integrity and strong values, and self-directed and open to feedback with a continuing desire to grow and learn

  • Great time management, ability to handle conflict, and effectively communicate

  • Possess ability to be self-aware, self-regulate, and possess empathy

  • Willingness to adhere to policies and procedures, yet work collaboratively with team to be flexible, open, adaptable to change, and solutions focused

  • Experience with and comfort learning to use a range of software including Google Suites, MS Office, and case management software

  • Strong written communication skills

  • A driver’s license and access to reliable transportation, as the Specialist will frequently need to move about the City and sometimes transport Fellows to and from school, programming, court, home, etc.

  • Willingness to embrace and nurture a culture that will require all staff to work beyond the traditional hours in order to create programmatic norms that make it clear to our students that we care for them, support them, and are there for them, regardless of the hour or situation



CEEAS offers competitive salary and benefits, including health care coverage, and a Simple IRA plan.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and competitive with similar positions at other local, community-based nonprofit organizations of comparable size. 


To Apply

To apply to be our Workforce Development Specialist, click the button below. Interviews for this position will begin immediately.  The ideal candidate will be available to start work full-time in mid-January 2020.


CEEAS is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe that a diverse staff is a better staff.  Women, persons of color and formerly incarcerated individuals are encouraged to apply. 


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