Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) is a 31-year old non-profit organization operating out of multiple locations. The mission of OBT is to help disadvantaged youth and adults recognize their own self-worth and advance towards self-sufficiency and financial security through job training, academic reinforcement, improved life skills, job placement and support services. For more information visit www.obtjobs.org



Youth Coordinator - (Full-Time)
Jamaica, Queens

Provide ongoing support and case management to 17-24 year olds in Young Adult Internship Program; handle all issues related to program eligibility and ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations; assist with outreach and recruitment for eligible program participants; maintain intern case files and accurately record case notes on a regular basis; enter data into the YAIP online Databases and YAIP outcomes management system in a timely fashion; conduct internship site visits to review intern evaluations with employers, discuss trainee progress, pick up timesheets and develop individual strategies for corrective action; facilitate Work Readiness and Educational Workshops; conduct weekly individual and/or group counseling sessions with each assigned intern to ensure each is adjusting to and complying with the program requirements and is progressing on internship sites; provide daily intervention on disciplinary issues and provide corrective action recommendations based upon program.

Bachelor’s degree in social work, mental health, or a relevant field is required; computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office a must. Related experience preferred. Bilingual English/Spanish helpful. Must be willing to work as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with disconnected young adults.

Send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to Dani Smejkal at dsmejkal@obtjobs.org

Youth Coordinator - (Full-Time)
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Provide ongoing support and case management to 17-24 year olds in Young Adult Internship Program; handle all issues related to program eligibility and ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations; assist with outreach and recruitment for eligible program participants; maintain intern case files and accurately record case notes on a regular basis; enter data into the YAIP online Databases and YAIP outcomes management system in a timely fashion; conduct internship site visits to review intern evaluations with employers, discuss trainee progress, pick up timesheets and develop individual strategies for corrective action; facilitate Work Readiness and Educational Workshops; conduct weekly individual and/or group counseling sessions with each assigned intern to ensure each is adjusting to and complying with the program requirements and is progressing on internship sites; provide daily intervention on disciplinary issues and provide corrective action recommendations based upon program.

Bachelor’s degree in social work, mental health, or a relevant field is required; computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office a must. Related experience preferred. Bilingual English/Spanish helpful. Must be willing to work as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with disconnected young adults.

Send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to Eudene Neverson at eneverson@obtjobs.org

Counselor - (Full-Time)
Jamaica, Queens

Provide ongoing support and case management to 17-21 year olds in an Out of School Youth Program; handle all issues related to program eligibility and ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations; maintain an active database of support services and other programs for referral purposes; maintain case files; conduct weekly group counseling sessions and meet individually with assigned participants; follow up with participants upon program completion; enter information into funder and internal databases. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required; computer proficiency in MS Office a must. Related experience preferred. Bilingual English-Spanish helpful. Must be willing to work as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with disconnected young adults.

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Dani Smejkal at dsmejkal@obtjobs.org

Program Associate - (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Responsibilities are working with disconnected youth ages17-24 in our Young Adult Internship Program and include scheduling, administering and scoring TABE test; pre-screening clients for services; assisting with retention follow up, classroom facilitation, internship site management; entering data into agency and funder databases and other general office duties. Must have Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree and two years relevant experience, be organized and detail-oriented and able to work in a fast paced environment. Must be bi-lingual English/Spanish.

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to lcabassa@obtjobs.org.

Adult Education and Literacy (AELP) Coordinator - (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

The AELP provides classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE) and HSE preparation for adults ages 19 and above. The AELP incorporates job readiness and college preparation and job placement into its curriculum. The goal of the program is to help adults improve their English language proficiency, enhance literacy skills, gain citizenship, obtain HSEs, and obtain or improve employment.

Duties will include managing the AELP program across three sites in the Bushwick, Sunset Park and Bushwick/Williamsburg neighborhoods of Brooklyn; helping to implement standardized ESOL, ABE, CIVICS and TASC curricula for the use of all instructors; ensuring that instructors deliver relevant, student-driven curriculum that integrates technology, authentic assessment, health literacy, and work readiness skills; overseeing recruitment, registration and orientation for new students; assisting with reporting to government and private funders; supervising some adult literacy staff at all program locations.

Qualifications: Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree; preferably Master’s in Education, Administration or related field and minimum of two years of experience in Adult Education; must possess excellent oral and written communication skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; Salesforce, ASISTS and/or other database experience required; BEST Plus certification and knowledge of NRS reporting standards preferred; additional language abilities (Spanish or French) and community outreach and partnership experience a plus; must be able to work flexible hours to include evenings. Must be willing to travel between all program sites.

To apply for the above position please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Darren Latanick at dlatanick@obtjobs.org.

Senior Vocational Counselor - (Full-Time)
Brooklyn, NY

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) is a not-for-profit organization operating out of multiple locations in NYC that provides education, employment and training services to disadvantaged youth and adults.

Justice Plus Work Readiness Wrap-Around Program is designed to support at risk young adults by providing a range of work readiness opportunities that include: work experience placements, hard/vocational and soft job skills development, and job search and career awareness/planning competencies. Justice Plus will operate in 18 neighborhoods identified by the Anti-Gun Violence Task Force with high rates of gun violence and be paired with a neighborhood-based Cure Violence program that will make participant referrals.
OBT is the Justice Plus Work Readiness program provider for the 67th precinct in the NYC Council Anti-Gun Violence Initiative (AGVI). OBT, in partnership with Sesame Flyers, East Flatbush Village, GMACC, the Office of NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams, and the 67th NYPD Precinct, is committed to reducing gun related shootings in East Flatbush Brooklyn by providing immediate, coordinated services to those who are considered high risk.

OBT seeks a Senior Vocational Counselor to serve as the point of contact between OBT and the partners comprising the East Flatbush Anti-Gun Violence Initiative. The Counselor will manage OBT’s role in the partnership; will assess participants referred by the Cure Violence provider and other AGVI partner organizations and make appropriate referrals to OBT programs; handle all issues related to program eligibility and ensure participants understand and adhere to program philosophy, standards, rules and regulations; maintain close partner relationships with East Flatbush AGVI partners to refer participants for immediate services as necessary; maintain an active database of additional support services and other programs for referral purposes; maintain case files; conduct weekly group counseling sessions and meet individually with assigned participants; facilitate Work Readiness and Educational Workshops; follow up with participants upon program completion; enter information into funder and internal databases; and will administer other program requirements as needed.

Bachelor’s degree in social work, mental health, or a relevant field is required; computer literacy and proficiency in MS Office a must. Related experience strongly preferred. Must be willing to work independently and as part of a team and be able to establish positive relationships with at risk young adults and community partners in East Flatbush.

Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Janet Tsakos at jtsakos@obtjobs.org

Updated: 11/14

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