Professional Development Coordinator (193 views)

Los Angeles, CA
March 3, 2020 2020-05-02
Job Description

Under the direction of the Director of Services, the Professional Development Coordinator (PDC) will develop a new program that provides tenants of ACOF buildings skills necessary to enter the workforce, volunteer, intern or return to school.  The PDC will develop a curriculum and work directly with ACOF tenants to help tenants gain meaningful skills to participate fully in society.  The Professional Development Program will teach soft skills, including confidence, communication and conflict management skills.  The curriculum should include resume writing and mock interviews.  In addition to developing and implementing the curriculum, the PDC will be responsible for building partnerships with businesses and nonprofit agencies for tenants to engage in volunteer opportunities and employment throughout the community.

Program Design, Curriculum Development and Implementation

  • Research, plan, design, and implement Professional Development Program that supports the tenants in developing skills to volunteer, intern, enter the workforce or return to school,
  • Research best practices and develop/utilize an assessment/evaluation tool to assess tenants’ skills, limitation and abilities to engage in paid employment or volunteerism
  • Design a training curriculum that will include conflict management, working as a team member, respecting peers and supervisors, time management, appropriate communication and obtaining necessary soft skills (such as improving self-esteem, communication and self-confidence)
  • Develop an incentive program to include stipends, awards, certificates, or related travel
  • Develop a participant handbook
  • Work directly with tenants and train volunteers and staff to implement various components of the programs e.g. education on rights while receiving social security and the “Ticket to Work” program.

Partnerships and Outreach

  • Work in collaboration with case managers to encourage tenant participation in the program
  • Create partnerships with colleges, universities, non-profit agencies, faith-based communities, and businesses to develop Program
  • Serve as a liaison between partner agencies, participants (tenants) and ACOF.


  • Develop (or utilize existing) needs, intake assessment and evaluation tools to assist participants in understanding tenants personal issues in order to work to meet individual goals.
  • Collect evaluation data (attendance, surveys, etc.) necessary for program evaluation
  • Prepare reports on outcomes of evaluation.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA in Human Resources, Social Work, or related social services degree
  • Minimum two (2) years’ in the workforce development/social services field
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience with planning and program implementation
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience with utilization of program evaluation tools
  • Minimum one (1) year experience working with adults with disabilities
  • Valid CA driver’s license
  • Access to a personal vehicle to be used to conduct ACOF business
  • Ability to meet California minimum and ACOF insurance requirements

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience designing or implementing a new program, developing systems, protocols and processes
  • Research experience
  • Creating or being part of a collaborative or partnership in workforce development
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) 
  • Ability to work with persons from varying social, cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Experience working in a team environment
  • Experience in public speaking
  • Experience training people with disabilities
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong sense of ethics and professionalism

A Community of Friends is an equal employment and affirmative action employer F/M/Disability/Vet/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity