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Vocational Specialist


Team: Youth & Diversion Services

Reports to: Director of Youth & Diversion Services

Pay Rate: Established in offer letter

Service Area: Statewide

Travel Req’d: Regular, throughout DE

Position Type: Full-time, exempt

Role and Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended as examples of the types of work that may be performed by the
Vocational Specialist but are not all necessarily performed and do not include all specific functions and
responsibilities that the Vocational Specialist may be expected to perform.

  • Develop and conduct job readiness trainings/workshops to further assist with the vocational goals of served clients; and perform one on one meetings to help individuals determine their career options, evaluate skills, and work history.
  • Provide referrals to employment support agencies that offer certification trainings, apprenticeships, and/or internships.
  • Maintain familiarity and liaison with community resources, including employers and community partners, to develop employment opportunities for clients served (ages 14-19 years old).
  • Participate in daily meetings/community groups as defined by the program.
  • Safeguard program integrity by maintaining high standards of confidentiality, service delivery, and timely reporting to clients, professionals involved with the youth, and the Director of Youth & Diversion Services.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders such as residential staff, probation, other professionals involved with the youth, and other community-based agencies on behalf of the clients and DCJ.
  • Represent DCJ and its programs at community meetings (funder meetings, and meetings of other systems impacting youth), reporting back regularly to the Youth & Diversion team.
  • Demonstrate a professional demeanor in all interactions with clients, coworkers, and the community.
  • Participate in Youth & Diversion Services Team Meetings and work with team members to promote and grow the programs.
  • Accept and perform other work as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience related to vocational/employment programming and the Delaware job market required. Experience with justice-involved youth, the systems impacting them, and the resources available to them preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience of Restorative Justice/Practices a plus. Lived experience within the justice system welcomed.
  • Background checks and clearances required as per program contract(s).
  • Basic computer skills, including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office, as well as Zoom/Skype and other distance meeting resources.
  • Ability to multitask and work both independently and with supervision, on-site and remotely.
  • Embrace an understanding of justice involvement that acknowledges the impact of institutional racism and the systemic oppression of BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ people; must share the belief that people can change in positive ways.
  • Must embrace teamwork, have a strong work ethic, be a self-starter with a positive attitude, with a good sense of humor.
  • Strong team building, organizing, writing and other communication skills are essential.


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