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Director, Training Program - Positive Vibe Foundation

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Richmond, Va
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NOTE: Please reply to In 2002, the Positive Vibe Foundation a 501 (C)3 Corporation was established with a vision of providing training and meaningful employment for the physically and cognitively disabled work force. The training program began in December 2004 and Max's Positive Vibe Cafe opened in Richmond, VA in January 2005. The program offers training in basic food service skills, communicating in the workplace, interviewing and resume skills, and acquiring and maintaining employment. Students master these skills through hands-on classes as well as completing a 3 shift job internship assessment at Max's Positive Vibe Cafe. Upon graduating from the program the students receive a professional resume and letter of recommendation, and the skills and confidence needed to acquire and keep a job. Students may also apply for advanced training in food prep skills. Over 35% of our graduates have succeeded in obtaining jobs upon completion of the training program. Many local businesses support our restaurant through donated funds and equipment, as well as allowing their highly skilled staff to assist in our training program. The training program collaborates with many of the top chefs in the Richmond area who donate their time and expertise. The Positive Vibe Cafe / Positive Vibe Foundation is looking for a full-time Training Program Director. The Training Program Director will: 1. Represent Max's Positive Vibe Cafe Training Program to participants, agencies, school systems, media, businesses, and the community on a local, state and/or national level. This includes recruitment activities, job fairs/ volunteer fairs and other program events. 2. Co-chair the Positive Vibe Cafe Training Board. 3. Conduct and supervise Max's Positive Vibe Cafe's Training Program including recruiting participants, teaching classes, and working with community volunteers. - Conduct intakes for potential participants from local sources such as schools, Departments of Rehabilitative Services, and group homes. - Teach 4-week training classes according to the Positive Vibe Cafe training curriculum. - Collaborate with on-site school-to-work transition counselors from local school systems to deliver instruction. - Evaluate, modify and revise training materials as needed including the trainee and trainer handbooks. - Collaborate with community volunteers including recruiting volunteers to teach training classes, providing training for working with people with disabilities and orienting volunteers to the cafe and kitchen. Maintaining volunteer database for other events. - Plan, organize and direct training activities such as classes, internships, and field trips. - Create internship schedule, coordinate volunteers and ensure each trainee's internship experience is evaluated by a job coach. - Evaluate individual learner needs, confer with teachers, counselors, parents, group home managers and others to identify and assess individual training needs and create individual learning plans as needed. - Adapt activities and lessons as needed according to IEPs, learning preferences, or to accommodate a disability. - Assess learners via observation, assigned homework, internship evaluations, and a final exam. 4. Conduct trainee orientation sessions for parents, trainees, teachers, and counselors. 5. Oversee trainee graduation and provide graduation packets: resume, list of competencies, and recommendation letter. 6. Maintain alumni data and events keeping current job-placement information. Qualifications Education: B.S./B.A. education, instructional design, rehabilitative services, social work; M.S./M.Ed. preferred. Experience: - Knowledge of basic food service skills or experience in food service a plus. - Knowledge of adult and adolescent learning theory; experience working with disabled students a plus. - Ability to organize and maintain schedules, files, and contacts and meet deadlines with minimal supervision. - Ability to establish and maintain effective and productive working relationships and customer service within a diverse environment. - Excellent verbal and written communication skills. - Positive role-model with a love for helping others. Technology: Working knowledge of the following: - Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher - Email and emailing attachments - General office equipment such as fax machine, copier, etc. Interested persons should reply to .

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