Jul 12, 2019

Career Preparation Program Lead

  • A Place Called Home
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Programs Education (K-12) Youth services

Job Description

Under the direction of the Associate Program Director, Teen & Young Adult Services, the Professional Readiness and Employment Program (PREP) Lead will ensure program execution aligns with department goals, strategy, budget and expectations. The PREP Lead will liaison with APCH Programs staff, local businesses, municipalities and corporate entities to cultivate partnerships, explore internship and externship opportunities and develop new career and vocational training routes that will lead to employment opportunities. The PREP Lead will create, develop and steward relationships with potential employers that will assist in the realization of the vision for PREP - to prepare, train and support young people from marginalized communities and disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the world of employment ready to compete in the work marketplace and to explore and pursue meaningful careers that will be rewarding both financially and personally. The PREP Lead will also assistmembers with identifying career interests; administer career assessments; develop career plans and provide case management; coordinate and facilitate job-readiness workshops; develop and maintain job/vocational opportunities; and track program participants participation and performance. The PREP Lead is an innovative thinker who will support members in their transition to adulthood by establishing enduring relationships that align with the agency’s mission and values. They will build and maintain high quality, long term partnerships with employers and partners and embody A Place Called Home’s culture and the level of excellence we provide to our members.           


All applicants must apply by submitting a pdf cover letter and resume to apchemployment@apch.org and use “PREP Lead” in the subject line.


  • Identify industry sectors and potential employer/partners that offer high quality career training, mentoring, internships and educational programs suitable and appropriate for teens and young adults
  • Analyze appropriate industry sectors and utilize current business data to conduct research, cold calls and business outreach
  • Work with APCH senior staff and Board connections to cultivate existing relationships and connections with potential employer partners
  • Conduct ongoing research into career opportunities, fellowships/internships/externships, and assist teen and young adult members with applying
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with employer partners interested in hiring and investing in career, personal and economic development opportunities for APCH youth 
  • Assist employer partners in the design of unique opportunities for motivated youth
  • Conduct site visits at APCH and outside workplaces with both employers and youth to ensure quality performance delivery and management
  • Oversee, collaborate and coordinate with partner organizations and resident staff providing job readiness and vocational training/exposure
  • Oversee job readiness training workshops, resume workshops, mock interviews, financial literacy workshops, and career assessments for the teen and young adult population
  • Implement customized and targeted youth candidate recruitments, including mixers, business advisory roundtables and job fairs
  • Facilitate and plan field trips, special events, guest speakers, and annual APCH Career Exploration Fair
  • Implement a regular schedule for evaluation and assessment for internships, job readiness training, externships and other career-related experiences
  • Responsible for student progress, job placement/wages/retention 
  • Move operations to digital platform, including internship applications, mock applications, and evaluations
  • Supervise case management for teen and young adult members seeking employment to ensure wraparound services are being provided as needed
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative program goals and outcome measurements and reports
  • Prepare and distribute quarterly and annual progress reports for APCH senior staff and funders
  • Maintain a shared contemporaneous “dashboard” with current program attendance and internship/externship/placement stats
  • Participate in strategic planning for the PREP program


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three years’ experience working with teen and young adult population
  • Two years’ experience working in a managerial position with an employment development program or equivalent
  • Sales experience is a plus

Additional Information

  • Must work well with diverse populations of employees and clients
  • Must be able to understand labor market information and employer requirements
  • Must be able to work some evenings and/or weekends for department and/or agency events
  • Must be a solution-oriented team player who both promotes and practices a growth mindset
  • Must provide exemplary customer service and welcoming hospitality to members and families


(E-mail submissions only/No phone inquiries)

Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined requirements of the position. 

A Place Called Home provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including but not limited to pregnancy), gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, military and veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, marital status, citizenship national origin, age, physical and/or mental disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, A Place Called Home complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


Please let us know if you are an APCH Alumnus

Background screening required



  • Health, Dental and Vision with APCH covering 70% of the costs for most plans, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), AD&D and Life insurance of $25,000, 401K plan with up to a 4% Employer match after one year of service, 10+ days of Vacation, 11 Sick Days, 13 paid Holidays, and paid Winter Break starting on December 24th and ending on the first weekday following January 1st.
  • Tickets to Events: NBA/WNBA basketball, MLB baseball, NHL hockey, and NFL football games, concerts, plays, snowboarding, bowling, fund raisers, and etc.
  • JEP-Job Exchange Program.
  • Professional Development training and Financial assistance.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
  • Fun Community/Holiday Events.
  • Free staff lunch about 95% of the time.
  • Free CPR/First Aid certification. 

How To Apply

All applicants must apply by submitting a pdf cover letter and resume to apchemployment@apch.org and use “PREP Lead” in the subject line.


Title / Level of Responsibility

Manager, Officer, Coordinator

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