The Employment Specialist is responsible for the day-to-day instruction, training, post-release employment placement and overall leadership of the Culinary Arts Program. The employment specialist helps students find gainful employment upon release from corrections, works with employers and students to help sustain their employment and works with the evaluator to complete follow-up data collection.
Duties include teaching Culinary Arts employment skills classes, work with local companies to create job opportunities for the incarcerated population, network with local companies to create job opportunities and help program graduates secure and maintain gainful employment. Works with the incarcerated population to help gain and sustain employment and work with the evaluator/counselor to complete follow-up data collection with the families. Works with Shelby County Division of Corrections to place the incarcerated population on work release and work line assignment while incarcerated and in gainful employment upon release.
Knowledge and skills working with an incarcerated or other high-risk population, specifically in the area of Culinary Arts and training is required.
Must be able to function in a prison environment and be able to work on holidays, shift work (evenings) and weekends as required.
HopeWorks’ mission is to guide Memphians in need of a second chance through essential education, counseling and career development programming to establish a relationship with God while building stability, confidence and a hope-filled future.
HopeWorks offers competitive benefits.
HopeWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.