Business Partnership Specialist

Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc.
Division / Program: 
Partnerships for Employment Pathways
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Fri, 01/27/2017
Program Summary: 
About the Partnerships for Employment Pathways Department: The Partnerships for Employment Pathways department collaborates with partners locally, regionally and nationally to support education and employment opportunities for youth and young adults. We strive to achieve excellence in worksite quality across PYN initiatives and use innovative approaches in the direct management of youth workforce programs. Key areas of focus include: • Cultivating relationships with the employer community to support career-connected education opportunities • Directly managing programing for youth workforce opportunities • Leading worksite quality efforts across PYN initiatives • Supporting city-wide partners and projects to promote high-quality employment pathway opportunities for our city's youth and young adults About PYN: PYN is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources. PYN works to equip young people for academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. To achieve this mission, we coordinate and support largescale, cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved youth.
Position Summary: 
Position Description: The Business Partnership Specialist (BPS) will build and maintain relationships with partners to expand career-connected education opportunities for Philadelphia’s youth and young adults. The BPS will work closely with the Manager, Business Partnerships, other members of the department and key staff within PYN to ensure relationships with the business community are cultivated to support the menu of WorkReady programs and other PYN initiatives. The BPS’s responsibilities spans the following general areas: • Business engagement and management • Program management • Expertise in industry trends
Salary & Benefits: 
Benefits: Eligible Hours: 37.5 hours / weekly Type of position: 1 Full-time
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
Essential Functions: Business Engagement and Management: • Help to implement programs under the WorkReady umbrella, by: o Supporting strategies for year-round and summer workforce development programs for underserved youth across Philadelphia o Recruiting employers to invest in WorkReady Philadelphia o Managing relationships with employers and key partners o Providing opportunities for employer feedback (i.e. surveys and focus groups) o Supporting opportunities for employer recognition (i.e. events and media exposure) o Updating and managing employer and worksite databases • Identify and secure funding sources for systemic investments • Execute strategies to develop unsubsidized employment opportunities to support other existing programs and new pilot programs • Establish partnerships in targeted industries to develop high demand career pathways that will close skills gaps in those industries • Support city-wide employer organizing efforts (i.e. advisory groups and committees) Program Management • Help to implement year-round and summer internship programs within the WorkReady system, by: o Conducting worksite visits with employers prior to and during the programs to ensure high-quality experiences for youth o Developing and sharing resources with employers to build their capacity to run high-quality WorkReady programs o Pre-screening and matching youth to available positions o Supporting youth participating in internship programs through professional development and support o Supporting student payroll by checking documentation and troubleshooting issues if and when they arise o Updating and managing youth databases Expertise in Industry Trends • Research and understand local, regional and national industry trends • Prepare briefs and/or presentations on emerging industries, positions and certifications • Other duties as assigned by the Manager, Business Partnerships
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
Required Education, Experience and Skills: •Bachelor’s degree required, with a minimum of 2 years’ experience supporting youth workforce development programs preferred •Demonstrated success cultivating and managing relationships with the business sector; preference given to candidates with experience working with businesses that support underserved populations Experience in workforce development, youth development and/or urban education; preference given to candidates with experience working with underserved populations •Demonstrated success collaborating with others, including colleagues in non-profits, educational, social or governmental systems •Knowledge of evidence-based practices in youth workforce development •Ability to embrace, apply and reflect PYN’s Core Values of Innovation, Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Collaboration • Excellent customer service • Ability to employ flexibility and creativity in the face of ambiguity and challenge • Excellent self-direction and the ability to take ownership and drive responsibilities through to completion while balancing the needs of all stakeholders • Ability to design and implement systems necessary to gather, maintain and analyze statistical data and generate reports • Proficiency in Microsoft Office as well ability to integrate a wide-range of technology and data management into daily work. • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including visual presentation of information and high-level command of grammar, spelling and word usage • Strong organizational, analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to