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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: November 13, 2018

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Education and Career Advisor
Job Code: K024-703
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week; includes a minimum of 2 evenings per week.


The Community Learning Center (CLC) empowers a diverse community of adult learners to transform their lives and realize their potential through education, skills development, and community participation.  Students are predominantly low-income Cambridge residents, and come from a wide variety of ethnic, linguistic, and racial backgrounds, and are currently enrolled in English or Adult Basic Education classes.

The CLC Education and Career Advisor is responsible for supporting CLC students in achieving their education and career goals through education counseling, job search and placement assistance. The Education and Career Advisor also establishes and cultivates relationships with local employers. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to racial equity, an understanding of the challenges that people with diverse educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds experience, and a vision for how best to support non-traditional students, first generation immigrants, and people with limited access to education services.

  • Meet one-on-one or in groups with students to support them in achieving their education and career goals
  • Provide career advising and job placement assistance to CLC students, including help writing resumes, cover letters and applying for jobs
  • Prepare students for job fairs and organize trips to job fairs
  • Make appropriate referrals to agencies and programs for additional assistance when necessary
  • Work as a team with the CLC advisors to coordinate, improve, and evaluate the student support services
  • Work with MassHire (formerly known as Career Source) and collaborate with the Cambridge Employment Program to maximize students' access to trainings and employment opportunities
  • Communicate regularly with teachers on student issues and goals
  • Establish, develop and maintain contact with employers and employment agencies to increase access to job opportunities for students
  • Assist with monthly intakes, initial student placement and orientation, and administer standardized assessments (i.e., BEST+, TABE CLAS-E)
  • Keep, maintain and update student data and records as needed
  • Participate in planning special events (i.e., graduation ceremony, open house, etc.) and participate in ad hoc committees and teams (i.e., hiring)
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships with, build rapport with, and motivate a diverse group of people to achieve their education and career goals
  • Ability to work as a team, as well as independently
  • Knowledge of barriers to employment and academic success experienced by low-income adults
  • Excellent customer service, oral, and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and technology skills


  • Master's degree
  • Bilingual/bicultural (Haitian Kreyol, Amharic, Bengali preferred)
  • Experience teaching or advising in an Adult Education Program (ESOL and/or ABE)
  • Knowledge of methods and materials used in adult basic education
  • Experience advising a multicultural adult population
  • Familiarity with current tools, job search strategies, career ladders
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience establishing contact and working with employers
  • Familiarity with postsecondary education, training programs, and community resources
  • Familiarity with navigating support services
  • Certified in BEST+/TABE CLAS-E assessment a plus

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Job requires computer use. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: General office environment with air conditioning and fluorescent lighting.

RATE: $29.82 per hour; this is an 11-month appointment with salary pro-rated over 12 months with excellent benefits.


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to or to the: Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Applicants may apply directly through and apply for Job ID# 3023804 or go to Position is considered open until filled.  Review of resumes begins immediately.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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