L.E.A.P. would like to introduce Emily Walter, in the newly-created position of Career Center Coordinator. Located in Fort Edward, L.E.A.P. is a non-profit community action agency that serves all of Washington County and has been aiding individuals and families in defining and reaching their goals economically, educationally, and more for over 50 years. Our services include Head Start/Early Head Start for children 0-5 and pregnant mothers, Employment Counseling for Youth and Adults, Emergency Assistance, Transportation for Senior Citizens and Adults with Disabilities, a Community Garden, and an Emergency Food Pantry.
L.E.A.P. is a proud partner of the American Job Center network and the designated Career Center for Washington County. Our One Stop Center provides assistance to adult and youth job seekers including dislocated workers, veterans, and others that are unemployed or looking to change careers. Employment Counselors assist clients with career exploration, resume writing, interest inventories, skill and abilities assessments, consumer report and labor market information, skill-building online training, identifying grants for training, and more. These services are offered to the public at no charge.
L.E.A.P. currently employs two Employment Counselors, (a youth counselor and SSI/SSD counselor) and a Senior Employment Counselor, who report to the Career and Family Services Program Director. In late 2020, the Career Center Coordinator position was created to enhance the business services provided by the Career Center. In this position, Emily Walter will be assisting with the planning, development, and implementation of the local workforce plan in cooperation with the Workforce Development Board, other counties in the local workforce area, and partnering agencies.
Emily started in November 2020 and has hit the ground running, according to Nancy Warnock, M.S.Ed, Director of Career and Family Services. “Our goal is to bridge the gap between employers and employees, making it easier for businesses to find the candidates they need and people to find the jobs they want. Emily’s role as Career Center Coordinator will help facilitate that process.”
As Career Center Coordinator, Emily will provide technical interpretations of Federal, State and local rules and regulations and changes affecting the Agency’s Employment and Training programs. She will assist with the preparation and execution of contracts, local agency budgets, financial management systems of Employment and Training programs and coordinating such with county and state reporting and tracking requirements. Through coordinated efforts with L.E.A.P.’s Outreach Coordinator, she will also work to connect and build relationships with representatives of government agencies, private industry, labor, local employers, and other community action agencies in order to help better understand and address local business and community needs.
Emily’s educational background is in Public Health, and her work experience includes analyzing data, coordinating referrals, organizing community events, giving presentations to community members and organizations, and providing direction and leadership to staff. Prior to working at L.E.A.P, Emily was the Program Coordinator II for the grant Creating Healthy Schools & Communities (CHSC) at Glens Falls Hospital. In that role she worked with agency and community-based partners on Complete Streets projects, initiatives to increase access to healthy foods and worksite wellness; developed and managed project budgets, and wrote and reported on grants. She has also worked as a Program Data Coordinator for Adirondack Health Institute. Emily has lifelong ties to this area, growing up in North Creek in nearby Warren County, and her community involvement has included volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks and Camp Cherokee in Saranac Lake.
According to Emily, “Through my professional and volunteer experiences, I have enjoyed giving back to the community. I gain a sense of fulfillment from helping people, which is why I am so excited to have been welcomed as a new member of the L.E.A.P. Career Center Team!”
L.E.A.P. would like to encourage Washington County businesses and other employers to reach out to Emily at [email protected] to speak to her about posting their job opportunities with L.E.A.P. and other local Career Centers, candidate screenings and referrals, area job fairs, on-the-job training opportunities for employees, and more.