Lantern Community Services

Job Title: Employment and Education Specialist

Employment Type: Full-Time; Mon - Fri.

Classification: Non-Exempt

Reports to: Director of Employment and Education

Location: Bronx, NY


The Employment and Education Specialist (EES) is responsible for working with individual residents to promote education and employment as a critical component of a client's independence. The EES will manage paperwork and maintain client files, facilitate program services and advocate for clients' needs. The EES will assist case managers in facilitating education/vocational programming and job placement services. The EES will work as a member of an interdisciplinary team in supportive housing serving individuals impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Assist clients in engaging in formal education or vocational training opportunities such as TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) classes, college education and technical training schools.
  • Administer TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) to clients interested in obtaining their high school equivalency diploma through the NEDP (National External Diploma Program) or Adult Basic Education classes.
  • Assist clients in registering and obtaining financial aid supports for college or technical schools.
  • Teach job searching skills such as resume preparation, interviewing skills, and completing online applications.
  • Provide job development and placement supports including job search assistance benefits counseling and advocacy.
  • Develop and access employment/volunteer opportunities within the community.
  • Educate clients about job retention, accommodations, disclosure issues to employers, and how their benefits will be affected by earned income.
  • Participate in weekly meetings with mental health services staff to coordinate services and generate ideas to help clients achieve their education and employment goals.
  • Attend training and staff meetings, as required.
  • Document all client work in confidential electronic records.
  • Complete reports as directed by supervisor.


  • Master's Degree strongly preferred with a focus on Education, Rehabilitation Counseling or Human Services; Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 2 years experience providing direct service to populations impacted by mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness is required.
  • Must have the ability to travel independently.
  • Must have the ability to multitask and coordinate services with various external programs.
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing ability, demonstrated organizational skills, and the ability to perform complex tasks with limited supervision.


  • Experience with employment services and/or workforce development.
  • Experience with evidence-based practices.

Work Environment: This job operates in a supportive housing site and works with a population that experiences mental illness, addiction, disability, HIV, and other chronic illnesses.


Lantern Community Services provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.

Lantern Community Services (Lantern) values the diversity of all our clients, staff, Board of Directors, and partners. By bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together, we create more vibrant, healthy, and just communities. Lantern welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and experiences regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, religion, immigration status, veteran status, class, creed, mental or physical disability, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law.

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