Job Description: Student Coach, Family Futures Downeast

Employment Category: Full time Non-Exempt

Salary Range: $42,000 to $48,000 per annum based on education and experience

Job Location:  Machias or Calais

Start date: ASAP

SCEC’s mission is to create jobs and prosperity in Washington County, Maine.  The Student Coach furthers this mission by working as part of the Families Future Downeast (FFD) team to design and deliver a full program of support and activities focused on increasing family stability and success.  Coaches seek to intentionally build skills and mindset for sustained lifestyle changes and goal and career attainment, including academic experiences. This position provides direct service and support to families during their academic year in FFD at either the University of Maine at Machias or the Washington County Community College. Coaching responsibilities include: developing and coordinating the review of individualized student success plans, guidance and monitoring student progress to optimize student development, retention and success in the FFD program; setting short and long-term goals for whole family success; listening and providing strengths-based, constructive and non-judgmental feedback to optimize student experience and promote family well-being.

The job duties include:

Coaching Families (70%*):  Meet with each of 12-16 students once per week, 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 daily academic, social, and economic support.  Work with FFD director and fellow Student Coach to develop and implement sustainable programming that meets grant objectives.  Monitor Student Progress, meet with FFD Director and make service referrals.

Program Evaluation (20%*):  Enter and maintain data, notes, and files for caseload of 12-16 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
  • Assist with grant and proposal research, development and writing
  • 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
  • Regularly scheduled work during one to two evenings per week
  • Public speaking, facilitation skills, and maintaining an appropriate professional image and appearance
  • Proficiency with standard office equipment and computer programs
  • Necessary administrative duties to support SCEC’s work

The Student 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 ( or mail (SCEC; 53 Prescott Dr., Ste 3; Machias, ME 04654).  The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Please call Charles Rudelitch 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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