NJHSA Professionals Affinity Group Spotlight
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The Network has launched a number of professional affinity groups in the last six months. These groups are designed for member agency professionals who wish to network with their colleagues from around the world to improve the work they do in their own communities. Affinity groups allow professionals to reflect on and share the work they are doing, gather information about best practices, return to their agencies with new ideas, and create learning opportunities for the NJHSA Network at large. Meetings are held in a number of formats including but not limited to Zoom video conferencing group discussions, topical presentations made by professionals from both within and outside of the Network, and webinars facilitated by Network partners. Each affinity group is facilitated by chair(s), dedicated to supporting the work of our Network!  
Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group
(A different professional affinity group will be highlighted each month.)

Since its inception in February, the Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group has convened 3 times. The group also had the opportunity to meet face-to-face at the Network’s 2019 Annual Conference in Atlanta. 

During the first call members introduced one another and brainstormed a list of topics that they could address in upcoming calls: effective client and employer engagement, working with challenging clients, service delivery for clients with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, formerly incarcerated clients and other underserved populations, program development and quality assurance, developing strategic community partnerships, advancing advocacy and setting appropriate regulation and compliance standards, and exploring state-of-the art trends in the field. 

In March the meeting was focused on The Meaning of Work which included a short TED Talk clip accompanied by a facilitated discussion that encapsulated so much of what Workforce Development Professionals do in their work and in their field; advocating for and focusing on dignity and connection in work. 

Amy Mazur, Lead Career Counselor at JVS Boston lead the discussion and is one of the group co-facilitators. Sarah Welch, Director of JFCS Philadelphia Career Development Center in Pittsburgh, also co-facilitates, and the two enjoy working together and look forward to the continued development of the group. Both Amy and Sarah want workforce development professionals to enjoy their jobs and feel that the affinity group enables members to grow and develop offering the opportunity to discuss best practices and to learn what other agencies are doing. Idea sharing of successful models leads to developing programming that is replicable across the Network. 

On June 17th, the Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group has invited Jerry Rubin, CEO of JVS Boston and author of  The Catapult Papers – The Future of Workforce Development , to discuss his findings. The Catapult Papers are a series of four essays on the future of workforce development and what workforce organizations need to do to expand opportunity for lower-income individuals and create competitive advantages for businesses in need of workers. Based on the innovative and field-proven practices of JVS Boston’s own transition experience and produced as a partnership between JVS Boston, SkillWorks and the Boston Foundation, these four papers tackle the key features organizations will need to embrace to succeed in the changing economy. Click here to learn more about the papers and read them

In the future, Amy and Sarah hope to invite other affinity groups as well as other Network affiliates to participate in calls. They hope to see the group grow as members discuss relevant workforce development issues and trends.  

(Presented by the Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group)

M onday, June 17th – 1pm EDT

Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group Chairs
Amy Mazur is a Career Development Specialist and Counselor Educator who has been working in the field for over 20 years, and who assists individuals to begin, renew and advance their careers. Her expertise includes educating, training and mentoring professionals in career and workforce development on using counseling skills to foster growth and change.

Prior to her current work in private practice and as Lead Career Counselor at JVS Boston, Amy was a Career Counselor and Assistant Director of Career Services at the Women’s Educational & Industrial Union, where in addition to individual and group work, she created and developed the Professional Development Seminars Series for career development professionals.  Learn more about Amy here .
Sarah Welch serves as Director of JFCS Career Development Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Sarah oversees the operations of the CDC, and works with staff members to meet the needs of the region's diverse workforce; from helping job seekers who are unemployed or seeking a career change to working with area employers to attract candidates and develop talent pipelines. Sarah is responsible for the supervision of department staff, the development and implementation of programs, and the formation and advancement of collaborations and partnerships with other community agencies in order to best serve the needs of the Pittsburgh workforce. Sarah earned her Master of Human Relations and her Bachelor's in English Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She has more than 10 years of experience in workforce development and career services. 
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·     Disabilities Services Professionals
·     Holocaust Survivor Service Professionals
·     Home Health Agency Administrators
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·     Lay Leadership
·     Marketing & Communications Professionals
·     Older Adult Service Professionals
·     Refugee Service Professionals
·     Small Agency Executives
·     Volunteer Service Professionals
·     Workforce Development Executives
·     Workforce Development Professionals
How to Join
Member agency professionals are encouraged to email Megan to join an affinity group. Groups meet periodically via Zoom video conferencing. Web cams are available at no charge to those in need of a camera. Email Lisa for details. 

How to Access Call/Webinar Access Links (On Your Own)
Member agency professionals are encouraged to visit the Members Only section of the NJHSA website to obtain call and webinar access and registration links housed on the Calls & Webinars page. Email Megan for logins