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Immigrant and Refugee Youth Career Specialist

Immigrant and Refugee Youth Career Specialist


  • Minimum 2 years experience working with immigrant and/or refugee populations and a general understanding of workforce.
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to oversee multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience in providing direct career and employment counseling, or experience working with youth populations.
  • Detail oriented with excellent communication and writing skills.
  • A bachelor’s degree or relevant experience. 
  • Fluency or proficiency in another language is a plus.

Position Summary:

As a part of the JFCS Career Development Center’s career counseling team, this individual will work with a variety of job seekers with a special focus on immigrant and refugee youth. The successful candidate will join a team of youth specialists who oversee, develop and deliver JFCS’s 412 Futures career discovery programming as well as help lead our Learn & Earn summer program. This individual will work to enhance partner collaborations, help to ensure compliance with grant requirements, and assist with site supervision and task management for interns and AmeriCorps members. In addition, this individual will help develop career pathways and long-term career goals for each youth client. The individual in this position will ensure that both youth and some adult clients have all the tools necessary to achieve their goals, whether it be employment or advancement, matriculation, or post-secondary education.


  • Individual who believes in the importance of justice and equality in providing opportunities for immigrant and refugee  populations.
  • Passion for helping individuals achieve independence through education and work.
  • Seeking a candidate with an enthusiastic, creative, and empathetic disposition.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop individualized career pathway plans with youth and adult clients.
  • Conduct ongoing counseling sessions with clients, both virtually and in person.
  • Work as part of the youth team to create and deliver year-long career development curriculum for 9th-12th grade students to help them plan for their futures after high school.
  • Conduct outreach to guest speakers and workshop facilitators.
  • Identify, plan, and staff field trips for high school students, including arranging transportation and other necessary logistics.
  • Work with community-based program partners to develop annual calendar of youth-focused events and activities.
  • Along with the CDC Director, oversee youth partnership collaborations, including client referral outreach and tracking, monthly attendance reporting, and ongoing case consultations with partner staff.
  • Assist with program data entry, tracking, and outcome reporting to ensure compliance with all program funding requirements.
  • Work with youth team to create monthly email and video newsletters to communicate program updates and events to community partners, prospective clients, and the general public.
  • When assigned adult immigrant and refugee clients, ensure each client has a high quality resume and other materials needed to conduct a successful job search.
  • Participate in meetings, trainings, and professional conferences, representing the CDC as required.
  • Respond appropriately to the cultural characteristics of the client population; support related departments as required.
  • Represent the CDC and specific programs to the community through community outreach, public speaking, and response to community concerns about the programs and clients.
  • Assume other related duties as assigned.

About JFCS:

JFCS is a local leader in providing innovative and effective social service solutions to challenges facing families and individuals in the Pittsburgh region. The work we do includes counseling, workforce development, guardianship, critical needs assistance, and refugee and immigrant services. We also have a scholarship program and operate the Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry.

We believe that when people with diverse experiences come together, problems can be solved.


Please apply for Immigrant and Refugee Youth Career Specialist by clicking here.