Career Readiness Facilitator

Position Title: Career Readiness Facilitator
Position Type: Full-time Role 
Location: New York City (Remote until Fall 2021, when the Basta team will return to in-person work in our NYC office) 
Compensation: $60K - $75K 

ABOUT THE ROLE

As a Career Readiness Facilitator, you will plan and lead engaging learning experiences for first-generation college students that support them to launch great careers. Working across BASTA's direct service program and our capacity building initiative, you’ll have the opportunity to support a wide range of innovative partnerships integrating career readiness into other college support programs while also building 1:1 relationships with groups of BASTA fellows as a cohort lead.  You will use your excellent facilitation, relationship building and project management skills to:

  • Facilitate programming: You will facilitate sessions on topics ranging from identifying and articulating strengths to editing resumes to preparing for interviews for groups ranging in size from 10 to 100 participants. Most sessions will be facilitated virtually, but when in-person gatherings are feasible, there will also be opportunities to lead in-person workshops. 

  • Provide 1:1 coaching & feedback: For each fellowship cohort, you will meet with all fellows individually multiple times across the program, providing individualized coaching & support based on fellows’ needs. You’ll also provide regular written feedback on resumes, cover letters, emails, etc.

  • Track & analyze data: You’ll play a key role in ensuring that we successfully collect and act on data that allows us to track progress, improve programming and report out on results. For Fellowship cohorts, you’ll carefully track each fellow’s progress on key metrics from attendance to milestone achievement and completion of deliverables. In Powered by BASTA partnerships, you’ll drive strong survey completion through your sessions and analyze learning data to improve our offerings.

  • Collaborate with other BASTA teams: You will work collaboratively with other BASTA teams to connect fellows to employers, engage volunteers in Basta programming and ensure smooth transitions for students from programming to our job search coaching model. 

  • Manage projects: You will serve as the primary relationship holder for some Powered By BASTA relationships and plan and track steps needed to execute successful partnerships. You’ll also occasionally lead internal projects, such as managing the implementation of a new tech resource across fellowship cohorts.

On a typical day, you might: 

  • Prepare for and facilitate a virtual workshop session for BASTA fellows and partner participants focused on interview best practices; including developing or revising its lesson plan.

  • Update an interview guide based on a question you’ve noticed fellows are asking consistently.

  • Provide written feedback on 6 cover letters and 4 follow up emails for fellows.

  • Follow up with a fellow about a particular job opportunity for which you think she’d be a great fit.

  • Have a 1:1 coaching session with a fellow who is feeling conflicted about his career interests.

  • Join a meeting with the Employer Success team to brainstorm ways to more effectively connect fellows to employer partners.

  • Plan and lead a project check in meeting with a partner point of contact; which may include reviewing session feedback and designing an upcoming workshop.

ABOUT OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE

You could be our next Career Readiness Facilitator if:

  • You believe deeply in the inherent value and potential first-generation grads bring to the workplace and are excited to support them to achieve their career goals.

  • You are excited to help grow a startup, know how to embrace change and be adaptable and flexible.

  • You have 5+ years of professional experience facilitating adult learning experiences and have worked with college-aged young adults.

  • You plan and lead highly engaging learning experiences based upon principles of adult learning.

  • You’re a doer and a problem-solver with an eye for continuous improvement - you’re known for getting stuff done while also constantly asking if there’s a better, faster or more effective way to do it.

  • You have a genuine love of people and build effective relationships naturally. You listen carefully, are empathetic and seek to solve problems with people, not for them.

  • Finding the best way to keep track of details about young people is an enticing challenge to you, not a chore.

  • You take complete ownership over your work, but you’re not afraid to ask for help when you need it. You’re also willing to jump in wherever you’re needed.

  • You have planned and executed projects with various stakeholders.

  • You’re comfortable working in a virtual environment using virtual communication/collaboration tools, including Google docs, Zoom, and Slack.

  • You are based in or near New York City and able to attend in-person sessions, including some weekend and evening work.