HRA ANNOUNCES NEW EMPLOYMENT PLAN FOCUSED ON JOBS THAT MOVE CLIENTS OUT OF POVERTY

The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) today issued a plan for improving how the agency helps its clients develop job skills, obtain employment and build sustainable careers that provide a path out of poverty, Commissioner Steven Banks announced. After a period of public comment, the Employment Plan will be submitted to the New York State Office of Temporary Assistance and Disability Assistance (OTDA) as required by the biennial employment plan process. Commissioner Banks is testifying about the Plan at an Oct. 1 hearing of the New York City Council.

“The Employment Plan is a blueprint for meeting the goals of the de Blasio Administration to address poverty and inequality. With this Plan, we can do a better job of helping clients develop skills and find work that pays enough to support their families and leave public assistance for good. The Plan sets out the details for implementing the reforms presented in HRA’s May 19 testimony to the City Council,” said HRA Commissioner Banks. “By replacing the one-size-fits-all approach, better assessing clients’ strengths, challenges and goals, and emphasizing education and training tied to areas of the economy creating jobs, we will be able to help more people move into stable jobs with a career ladder, and, perhaps most importantly, to not return to the caseload or churn on and off it.”

Every two years, HRA is legally required to submit to the New York State OTDA an Employment Plan that outlines HRA’s employment services for applicants and recipients of Cash Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits and that defines how it is spending $200 million annually on those services.

The Plan affects about 56,000 Public Assistance clients who have work requirements based on federal and state law. It includes separate employment programs designed specifically to help youth aged 18 to 24, domestic violence survivors, homeless shelter residents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) New Yorkers, and those with disabilities. It is based on three principles:
1. One-size-fits-all programs don’t work. One out of every four clients who were reported as receiving job assistance has been returning to the caseload within 12 months. Accurately assessing the actual needs of applicants and recipients can result in matching them with the programs most likely to help them.

2. Education is essential to career success, but for education and training programs to work they must be tied to industries that are growing and creating jobs, and they must include supports to help low-income New Yorkers successfully complete them.

3. In the long run, there will be more positive outcomes from providing clients with access to work and work-related activities that can lead to sustainable careers. The alternative has been a system where even minor rule infractions can lead to sanctions that have excluded people from the very services that were supposed to help them

The Employment Plan includes the following:
· Education and Training. Many clients lack the high school or college degree required by even most entry level jobs. In New York City, workers with a high school diploma or equivalent earn 1.5 times as much as workers without these credentials and workers with an Associate’s degree earn 2 times as much. Thus, the Plan focuses on education and training.

· Youth aged 18 to 24 will be offered an opportunity to complete high school or its equivalent as long as they are participating in full-time education and making progress toward completion.

· Clients, especially youth, will be offered an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, including four-year college degrees, as provided by the new state law, as long as they also meet the 20-hour work requirement and make progress toward completion. To increase graduation rates, HRA will build on a CUNY program that provides job and educational supports, and will create work and internship programs that are on or near a student’s campus.

· Clients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will also be offered the opportunity to participate in English as a Second Language programs.

· Continue phasing out the Work Experience Program (WEP) model and replace it with internship opportunities and community service options that can lead to employment as well as part-time subsidized jobs and other employment programs that meet the individual needs of each Cash Assistance client. WEP placements fell by half in the last year of the prior administration.

· Continue to require 35 hours per week of work, with limited exceptions: reducing it to 30 hours, as provided by federal and state law, for families who are, for example, caring for a child with disabilities with no after school care, or who are in a shelter and need time to search for housing; and reducing it to 25 hours for families with children under age 4, as allowed by federal law, since childcare for very young children is difficult to find and more expensive. Those who are able to work longer hours will be supported in doing so.

· Increase program participation by reducing unnecessary sanctions and case closings. HRA’s prior policy was to keep people in sanction from participating in work, training and other work-related activities. This kept them from moving out of poverty and off the caseload. Instead, HRA will now:

o Develop a data system that prevents HRA from scheduling appointments that conflict

with other known work activities and appointments, causing clients to miss appointments or work and risk sanctions.
o Conduct a pilot project to allow up to five days of excused absences for illness without documentation, in line with the City’s new five paid sick days law.

o Assess a variety of means to determine why clients are missing appointments or work and then work to resolve problems before clients are sanctioned so they can continue participating in work activities. This includes testing methods such as reaching out to resolve problems before the formal conciliation process; extending the grace period for failure to report from 24 hours to 72 hours; and instituting a standard lateness policy modeled on those used by employers.

o Improve HRA’s conciliation, good cause, and dispute resolution procedures to avert $10 million in potential state penalties due to unnecessary fair hearings and to address the link between adverse case actions and homelessness (nearly one quarter of applicants for shelter from the Department of Homelessness were found to have had an HRA case closing or sanction within 12 months of seeking shelter).

o Enhance efforts either to assist clients with disabilities who can work to obtain the help that they need to find jobs, or to enable clients with disabilities who cannot work to obtain federal disability assistance in place of Cash Assistance.

In this year’s Plan, HRA is providing details for reforms originally announced in testimony to the City Council on May 19 that are aimed at improving employment and training outcomes so that more clients have an opportunity to achieve increased economic security by obtaining employment, moving off the caseload and out of poverty. HRA’s efforts to fight poverty and income inequality through its employment services will be enhanced by comprehensive employment initiatives that are being developed by the Mayor’s “Jobs for New Yorkers” task force.

In developing this Employment Plan, HRA obtained feedback from a wide variety of key stakeholders. More than 40 focus groups and meetings were held with HRA staff, current and former clients, service providers, community-based organizations, advocates, the legal services community and other City agency partners. The 30-day public comment period allows for further feedback, which will be incorporated into the final plan to be submitted to the State.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/hra/downloads/pdf/news/press_releases/2014/pr_oct_2014/Employment_Plan.pdf

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: MAYOR’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS UNIT

The Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) is the direct link between the Mayor and New York’s communities. CAU organizes participation in key mayoral initiatives at the community level through direct contact with community boards, organizations, and city residents. CAU plays an active role in public events across the five boroughs and in connecting to New York’s diverse communities.

Interns will gain experience in government and community organizing while working side by side with senior office staff to carry out the Mayor’s key initiatives across New York City. Internships with CAU will provide an opportunity to assist with and attend many government and community events and get an inside look at New York City government. Ideal candidates will be highly reliable and motivated, independent, sociable, and comfortable in high pressure situations. This is a perfect opportunity for students focusing on areas such as public affairs, public policy, and political science.

Multiple internships are available. Based on skills and interests, internships may be designated to focus on key constituency, geography, or program areas.

Full time and part time internships are available (minimum 15 hours/wk).

All internships are unpaid; we will complete paperwork necessary for student to receive available college credit.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting Borough Directors and Deputy Commissioners with community engagement and organizing, including meetings, presentations, public activities.
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships and opportunities around major issues, in neighborhoods, or with key constituencies.
  • Planning, preparing for, and attending meetings and events, logistics coordination, and event promotion.
  • Preparing and researching background documents; briefings, summaries, and presentations.
  • Providing overall administrative and project support.
  • Assisting with the development of social media outreach and communications.
  • Helping build and maintain constituent tracking systems, and databases.
  • Maintaining event calendars and databases, logistics coordination, and event promotion
  • Assisting with correspondence and constituent case management.

Preferred Qualification and/or Skills:

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, communication, and analytical skills;
  • Ability to deal with a diverse constituency and work productively under pressure, both as an individual and part of a team;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and general internet research;
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple assignments, including the ability to manage time and work independently, while paying close attention to details in the process of accomplishing tasks and problem solving;
  • Ability to work with all levels of staff, inside and outside of the city and other governmental and non-governmental agencies and/or organizations;
  • A strong ability to conduct online research and a confidence in navigating social media platforms.
  • Proficiency in a language other than English highly desirable.

Please send resume and cover letter to TLin@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Berg’n Beer Hall Hiring

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Berg’n Beer Hall, located at 899 Bergen Street (between Franklin and Classon) is on the verge of opening its doors. With that, they are hosting a job fair on Tuesday, July 1st from 11am – 1pm and 5pm – 7pm.

Applicants can either bring in a resume and cover letter or fill out this application (which they ask be filled out before you arrive).

Help Wanted at the United States Post Office

CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT

(NON-CAREER) POSITIONS AVAILABLE

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED ON-LINE

JUNE 07, 2014 THROUGH JUNE 13, 2014

SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW FOR APPLYING ON-LINE

Delivers and collects mail on foot or by vehicle under varying road and weather conditions in a prescribed area; maintains professional and effective public relations with customers and others, requiring a general familiarity with postal laws, regulations, products and geography of the area.

CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT (CCA) BROOKLYN & QUEENS ONLY

CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT (CCA) STATEN ISLAND ONLY

CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT (CCA) WESTERN NASSAU/110 ZIP CODES

WORK LOCATIONS: Throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the 110 Zip Code areas.

WORK SCHEDULE: Hours vary but will include Saturdays Sundays & holidays.

SALARY: $15.30 per hour.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Written Exam Required: Postal Exam 473 – Instructions regarding the exam process will be sent via email once you successfully submit your online application.
  • Driving Required: Applicant must possess a valid states driver license for a minimum of 2 years.

Additional Requirements:

  • Qualified applicants must successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening to meet the U.S. Postal
  • Service’s requirement to be drug free.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent alien status.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older. Males born after December 31,1959, must be registered with Selective Service to work for the USPS.
  • Applicants must apply online at WWW.USPS.COM (instructions below) and have a valid email address.

Current Non-career employees who wish to apply must use their existing external eCareer Profile, apply, and follow instructions for testing, or attaching previous test scores.

  1. GO TO: WWW.USPS.COM
  2. SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF PAGE AND CLICK ONTO: CAREERS
  3. ON THE RIGHT OF THE SCREEN CLICK ON: START AN ONLINE SEARCH
  4. NEXT SCREEN CLICK ON: SEARCH SELECT JOBS ONLINE
  5. IN THE “SEARCH CRITERIA FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNTIES” SECTION UNDER LOCATION SCROLL TO: NEW YORK
  6. CLICK: START SEARCH
  7. SELECT:CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT- BKLYN/QUEENS NY, OR CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT – STATEN ISLAND NY OR,CITY
  8. CARRIER ASSISTANT- WESTERN NASSAU-110 ZIP CODES, NY

Note: Current active duty military and career federal employees are not eligible for temporary postal employment.

USPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Community Liaison Position

Job Description

Title:              Community Liaison

Hours:            M-F 10am – 6pm, coverage of night meetings and weekend events as needed

Salary:           $30Ks, commensurate with experience

Desired Skills & Experience

  • 1 – 3 + years working in an elected official’s district office or social work field
  • Spoken fluency in Cantonese required, proficiency in Mandarin and other dialects preferred, and written Chinese proficiency and spoken Spanish proficiency a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (English)
  • Familiarity with neighborhoods and issues in Council District 1 strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of city agencies and social service organizations preferred
  • Interest in local government and willingness to work night and weekends as needed required
  • Degree in Public Policy, Government & Law, Social Sciences, & Social Work preferred
  • Council District 1 residency a plus
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and independently

Summary of Position:

The Community Liaison will work with city agencies and social service organizations to help resolve issues that constituents bring to the office either in-person or by phone. S/he will attend local community meetings, including tenant meetings and Community Board meetings, and intergovernmental meetings on the Council Member’s behalf. S/he may represent the Council Member at public and interagency meetings. The Community Liaison will work out of the District Office at 165 Park Row and report directly to the District Office Manager.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Speak with constituents over the phone and via email to get an understanding of their issues and connect constituents with government resources and social service organizations
  • Attend Community Board, tenant, and other community meetings on the Council Member’s behalf
  • Report regularly to the District Office Manager on ongoing cases and update the Council Member on urgent issues that may need the Council Member’s direct intervention
  • Maintain relationships with local community leaders and report on ongoing community issues to the Council Member
  • Along with other District Office staff, ensure that a Chinese-speaking staff member is present at the District office during open office hours (10am – 6pm) five days a week

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Must be available via Council Blackberry for emergencies and other urgent issues
  • Assist with events hosted by the Council Member
  • Work with legislative office to collect information on community issues for development of policy and to support public testimony by the Council Member
  • Contribute to monthly newsletters and help draft greeting letters
  • Occasionally translate proceedings at community meetings for constituents when translation is not provided
  • Accompany constituents to housing court, environmental control board, and other agency proceedings
  • Along with other District Office staff, supervise interns in various projects

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Yume Kitasei, ykitasei@council.nyc.gov.

Job Opportunities

Brooklyn Public Library Hiring Part-Time

The Brooklyn Public Library is hiring for the Library Page. You will assist branch staff with day-to-day library operations including customer service, circulation and maintenance.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Shelves books and materials
  • Performs routine clerical duties
  • Assists with branch programs and activities
  • May assist with circulation duties
  • Maintains/organizes shelves
  • Provides assistance to patrons
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications:

  • High school graduate or current student
  • Valid working papers (if under 18)
  • Demonstrated literacy skills including reading & alphabetizing
  • Ability to take direction and work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to internal & external customers
  • Detail oriented
  • Requires ability to bend, lift, reach and stand

Resumes for this position will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. This is an hourly position compensated at the current minimum wage. This position’s weekly work schedule is less than 20 hours.

Interested applicants can apply via email at: job2191@brooklynpubliclibrary.org. Please indicate your location(s) of choice in the subject line of your email.

Click here to view a map of all BPL locations: http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/map/


 

Become a Juvenile Counselor Today!

Juvenile Counselors work in secure detention facilities that are operated by the
City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services. Juvenile Counselors
provide custody, supervision, direct care, and counseling to youth between the
ages 10 and 16 detained by the Family and Criminal Courts in New York. This
position, working with challenging youth, requires a strong sense of commitment,
integrity and resilience.

Applicants MUST take a civil service exam to qualify for the position.
The exams will be administered in June 2014.

If you are interested, please send your resume to:
JCRECRUITMENT@acs.nyc.gov

For more details and the testing dates, please visit: www.nyc.gov/acs

Additional Qualification Requirements

  1. A Bachelors’ Degree from an accredited college or;
  2. An Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits, plus two years of fulltime experience working directly with juveniles (ages 10-18) in a group, community, educational, or institutional setting, or with developmentally disabled adults or adolescents (age 10 & up) or;
  3. A high school diploma or its educational equivalent, plus four years fulltime satisfactory experience as described above in #2, or;
  4. A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to #1, #2 or #3 above. Experience may be substituted on the basis of one year of experience equaling 30 college credits.

Most New York City government jobs are part of the “competitive class” in
which applicants are required to take and pass a civil service examination as
part of the hiring process. Read more at http://www1.nyc.gov/jobs/exams.page
Current & Upcoming Exams


 

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Youth Job/Internship/Volunteer Fair

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Brooklyn Community Board 14′s 7th Annual Youth Conference will take place next Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 from 4-7 PM at the Brooklyn College Student Center! (map link)

Please spread the word by sharing this information along with the attached poster with the young people in your community, your neighbors, organizations you are involved with & any others who may benefit from the great opportunities being offered!

Over 60 New York City agencies & organizations will be on hand to offer young people, ages 12-20, information about summer employment, internships & volunteer positions, present workshops, hold interviews for permanent employment, share information about college admissions, social & health services and much more! Below you will find a list of the workshops which will be presented, along with a list of all the participating organizations. More information is available on our website at www.cb14brooklyn.com/youth/youth-conference.

If you have any questions, please contact Anya Hoyer at the CB14 District Office at 718-859-6357 or email cb14youthconference@cb.nyc.gov.

NYPD’s 2014 Community Career Day

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Join the NYPD for its 2014 Career Day on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Lafayette High School, 2630 Benson Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Meet NYPD Recruiters from Police Department, Cadets Corps, School Safety Division, Traffic Enforcement District, and other civilian divisions.

See demos from the Canine Unit, ESU, Mounted Unit, and more more NYPD units.

Find out how your skills from many private sector industries such as Accounting, Financial Consulting, Nursing, Scuba Diving, and more, can be used and translated into a career with the NYPD.

Bring your resume for positions not requiring an entry exam.

Visit nypdrecruit.com or call 212-RECRUIT for more information.