Position Available– Transitions Coach, Family Futures Downeast

Transitions Coach, Family Futures Downeast

Employment Category: Full-time Exempt

Starting Salary:  $42,000-$48,000

Job Location:  Machias

Start date: ASAP

SCEC’s mission is to create jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine.  The Transitions Coach furthers this mission by working as part of the Family Futures Downeast (FFD) team to design and deliver a full program of support and activities focused on increasing family stability and success.  The Transitions Coach intentionally builds skills and mindset for sustained lifestyle changes and goal and career attainment, including academic opportunities. This position provides direct service and support to families who have completed their first year in FFD at either the University of Maine at Machias or the Washington County Community College. Coaching responsibilities include: setting short and long-term goals for whole family success; coordinating the review of individualized participant success plans; listening and providing strengths-based, constructive and non-judgmental feedback to optimize participant experience and promote family well-being; accessing and providing referrals for supportive services on campus for students continuing in their academic career, and for community-based supports for those moving into employment opportunities; and supports and strengthens parental understanding of the child’s needs, and the parent and school role as a partner in education.

The job duties include:

Coaching Families (70%*):  Meet with each of the Year 2 students twice per month, and as needed, to set goals, facilitate solution-based problem solving, support career pathway and success, and deliver constructive feedback for optimal social/emotional/academic experience.  Develop a working knowledge and connections to available academic, workforce, health and mental health services, and community resources that provide FFD students’ academic, social, and economic support.  Work with FFD Director and Student Coaches to develop and implement sustainable programming that meets grant objectives.  Monitor participant progress, meet with FFD Director and make service referrals.

Program Evaluation (20%*):  Enter and maintain data, notes, and files for caseload of FFD students.  Provide reflective input on “theory-to-practice” of coaching experience in FFD team meetings and supervisory meetings.  Work with FFD Director, other SCEC staff, and contracted evaluator to implement comprehensive system of program evaluation.

Other duties as assigned (10%*):

  • Represent SCEC and FFD at events, boards, workshops, etc., as assigned
  • Support other employees with special projects

This position’s responsibilities also include:

  • Working with participants from diverse social, economic, ethnic, academic and cultural backgrounds, including families with young children living in poverty
  • Understanding barriers and challenges facing FFD participants
  • Problem solving, empathy, and interpersonal communication with participants during periods of stress or crisis
  • Belief in each participant’s potential for success
  • Substantial county-wide and in-state travel
  • Public speaking, facilitation skills, and maintaining an appropriate professional image and appearance
  • Proficiency with standard office technology and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Necessary administrative duties to support SCEC’s work

The Transitions Coach reports to the FFD Director.

Qualifications:  Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or related field and at least two (2) years relevant experience.  A graduate degree and/or direct service experience working with low-income or culturally diverse families is preferred.  Personal experience with overcoming the barriers facing FFD participants is highly valued.

Application Process:  Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references by email (msloan@sunrisecounty.org) or mail (SCEC; 7 Ames Way Machias, ME 04654).  The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Please call the FFD Director, Marsha Sloan, at (207) 255-0983 with any questions.

SCEC is an equal opportunity employer.

*Percentages are estimates and may be reallocated as funding and agency priorities dictate.

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