Careers at STRIVE

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities at STRIVE, a culturally diverse non-profit whose mission is to help people acquire the life-changing skills and attitudes needed to overcome challenging circumstances, find sustained employment, and become valuable contributors to their families, their employers, and their communities.

Job Readiness Facilitator/Case Manager, Supportive/Reentry Services

New York, NY

STRIVE is seeking a passionate Job readiness Facilitator/Case Manager to facilitate job readiness/attitudinal training workshops for men and women at Riker’s Island. Working It Out is a new program providing services to incarcerated men and women 90 days prior to release from Riker’s Island as well as post release services such as CORE Attitudinal Training, Fatherhood classes, the Women’s Empowerment Group and Economic Stability workshops. The workshops to be facilitated consists of a combination of Moral Reconation Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and CORE. The CORE and cognitive behavioral approaches address change for the better in participants and higher moral functioning which leads to reduce recidivism.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITITES

  • Facilitate all aspects of STRIVE Job Readiness Attitudinal Training which include motivational sessions, goal setting, orientation to workplace expectations, and communication skills.
  • Provide case management services to inmates at Riker’s Island.
  • Assist the D.O.C.C.S in recruiting inmates for program participants.
  • Create an interactive training environment, maintain structure in the workshop, challenge participants to improve moral reasoning and reflection skills and confront their negative attitude about work while assisting them to develop self-confidence and self-reliance in a supportive environment.
  • Identify problem areas/obstacles for each participant.
  • Create and research training exercises that will enhance the growth and development of participant’s prerelease.
  • Enter case notes for participants into agency data base system recording participant progress.
  • Present information using a variety of instructional techniques or formats such as role playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos or lectures.
  • Organize and obtain training procedure manuals, and course materials such as handouts and visual materials.
  • Maintain documentation, attendance records.
  • Attend meetings and training offered by STRIVE and outside entities.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

The incumbent must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, education, psychology or related field, or in lieu thereof; High School Diploma with 3 years previous experience with re-entry targeted population. Exceptional communication skills required. Overall knowledge of basic individual and group counseling skills a plus. Experience working with the Criminal Justice System a must. Must be flexible and able to attend to the needs of the client, and have the ability to keep calm and reason during stressful situations. Must have a working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office Software. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is helpful.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to NationalHR@striveinternational.org

Reentry Case Manager, Supportive/Reentry Services

New York, NY

The Working It Out Re-Entry Case Manager will be responsible for counseling and assisting program participants prior to release from Riker’s Island as well as post release. Working It Out is a new program providing services to incarcerated men & women 90 days prior to release from Riker’s Island as well as post release services. The Re-Entry Case Manager will work with participants and graduates to confront and resolve personal issues preventing them from succeeding in life in general and in educational and job related matters in particular. Furthermore, support participants with the goal of reduced recidivism.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITITES

  • Recruit and determine suitability of sentenced men & women inmates within 90-days of release from incarceration.
  • Perform STRIVE Reentry Program Screening process which includes LS-CMI, an Intake Application, and a interview.
  • Complete an Individual Service Strategy Transition plan for each client while still incarcerated and begin coordination of necessary support services prior to their release.
  • Greet clients upon their release at the STRIVE offices and orient them to the staff and services now available to them.
  • Provides Case management utilizing the MRT Model, CORE curriculum, and techniques from Motivation Interviewing.
  • Refers agency applicants, participants and graduates to programs (e.g. housing services, long term counseling, child care, domestic abuse intervention agencies) that can assist them to resolve issues preventing them from participating in the labor market.
  • Provides short-term counseling and works with clients to enhance their self-esteem and self- confidence.
  • Maintains case notes, files and client data base as specified by the Senior Director, Support Services and Department Coordinator.
  • Facilitates specialized workshops for currently and formerly incarcerated men and women as specified by the grant and or STRIVE.
  • Conducts participant follow-up after normal business hours on a quarterly basis.

ADDITIONAL DUITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Obtains ongoing training in counseling techniques and social services in general as provided by the Senior Director, Support Services and/or external training services such as Motivational Interviewing and Moral Reconation Therapy. Stays current on new methodologies and studies in the social work field and re-entry.
  • Works with other case managers to maintain and update agency’s resource/referral directory.
  • Completes other tasks as assigned or needed.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field of study strongly preferred, or equivalent experience in lieu there- of, at least 3 years of counseling experience and/or experience working with court involved populations, and exceptional communication skills required. Overall knowledge of basic individual and group counseling skills a plus. Experience working with the Criminal Justice System a must. Life skills and experience will also be taken into consideration. Must have a working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office Software. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is helpful.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to NationalHR@striveinternational.org

Working It Out Program Coordinator, Supportive/Reentry Services

New York, NU

The Working It Out Program Coordinator will be responsible for the start-up and continual operation of the men and women of this new STRIVE reentry program which will provide services to incarcerated men and women 90 days prior to release as well as post-release while they are participating in STRIVE’s CORE Attitudinal and Job Readiness Training Program and/or Fatherhood classes or the Women’s Group workshop. General responsibilities include training and supervision of program staff.  The Working It Out Coordinator will ensure that all activities and program measures are reached during the grant period and will be responsible for recording programmatic data in the Efforts To Outcomes Database. The right applicant will have a strong, personal commitment to ensuring the successful reentry of incarcerated men and women back into community and a passion and deep understanding of the issues involved with reentry and parenting.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruit and determine suitability of applicant from the pool of Riker’s Island Inmates Program.
  • Refers program participants and graduates to supportive services (e.g. housing services, long-term counseling, child care and domestic abuse) that can assist them to resolve issues preventing them from participating in the labor market.
  • Maintain case notes, files and client data base as specified by the Senior Director of Supportive Services.
  • Facilitates specialized workshops for formerly incarcerated adults in Moral Reconation Therapy Motivational Interviewing, CORE and economic stability.
  • Conducts participant follow-up (on occasion) after normal business hours on a quarterly basis.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Obtains ongoing training in counseling techniques and social services in general as provided by the Senior Director, Support Services and/or external training sessions as budget allows. Stays current on new methodologies and studies in the social work field and reentry.
  • Works with other case managers to maintain and update agency’s resource/ referral directory.
  • Completes other tasks as assigned or needed.

QUALIFICATIONS EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work or related field of study preferred, or equivalent experience. At least 3 years of experience working with court-involved populations and mentoring programs, as well as exceptional communication skills required. Overall knowledge of basic individual and group counseling skills a plus. Experience working with the Criminal Justice System a must. Life skills and experience will also be taken into consideration. Must have a working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office Software. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is helpful.

COMPENSATION:

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and vacation/sick days.

STRIVE prides itself on the diversity of its workforce. STRIVE is committed to equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to NationalHR@striveinternational.org

Coordinator, Harlem Talent Center

New York, New York

The Harlem Talent Center, an initiative of Hire East Harlem and the East Harlem Community Alliance, is a pioneering workforce development initiative aimed at increasing the number of East Harlem residents working for local employers. The goal of the Harlem talent Center is to create a more streamlined path to employment for unemployed Harlem individuals participating in employment and social service programs by facilitating the vetting, recruitment and job matching process for local employers.

Under the Supervision of STRIVE’s Senior Director of Career Services, the Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing this new initiative; developing and maintaining partnerships with neighborhood businesses; achieving program deliverables; and reporting outcomes on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. The Coordinator will supervise a full-time Program Assistant, also to be hired for this initiative.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Use a variety of strategies – including canvassing and attending networking events – to develop and maintain on-going relationships with Harlem employers
  • Secure job openings from employers and create job listings with descriptions and clear application procedures
  • Maintain employer relationships by providing exceptional customer service and recruitment services that help businesses reduce their recruit to hire ratio
  • Collaborate with East Harlem nonprofits to fill job orders by referring qualified candidates
  • Interview and assess clients’ educational background, employment histories and interests. Place clients in jobs according to their interests and qualifications.
  • Assist clients with resume preparation and editing in order to highlight clients strengths, skills and abilities.
  • Conduct job readiness workshops, and facilitate weekly job search groups.
  • Vet candidates on behalf of employers and refer those who meet the required qualifications
  • Host onsite recruitment events for employers seeking multiple hires
  • Track outcomes from interview referrals and provide feedback to nonprofits
  • Capture data on referrals, hiring and retention in the data management system
  • Follow up with placed clients and employers to obtain required verifications and assist with resolving issues when appropriate.
  • Monitor activities to ensure contract goals are met.
  • Keep records of all employer contacts. Maintain case files. Keep all progress notes up to date. Track required statistics. Produce monthly reports.
  • Supervise a full-time Program Assistant and work collaboratively with colleagues at STRIVE and across multiple partner agencies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as excellent marketing/sales and presentation skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity East Harlem and the broader Harlem community highly desirable.
  • Able to work with a multicultural client base; bilingual English-Spanish preferred.
  • Prior sales, marketing, employment counseling or job development experience.
  • Knowledge of/experience navigating NYC workforce development and social service systems.
  • Knowledge of the demand-driven approach to employment services, job development strategies and labor market trends in a range of occupational fields (professional, skilled, semi-skilled and industrial).
  • Ability to outreach, network, and market participants and program.
  • Ability to motivate participants toward full-time, entry-level employment.
  • Ability to motivate placed participants toward the retention of entry-level employment.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office and other widely utilized software applications.
  • Familiarity with use of computerized job banks preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.

Case Manager for Fatherhood, Social Services Department

New York, New York

Counsels and assists STRIVE fatherhood program participants to resolve issues in order to better engage with their non custodial children.  Assists non custodial fathers to improve their ability to obtain gainful employment and begin to also financially support their children.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducts outreach to non custodial fathers through established networks and partnerships.
  • Provides support and advocacy to non custodial fathers for procedural matters within the court system, social service system, etc.
  • Facilitates required curriculum modules to participants.  Must be willing to work evenings for workshops and occasional weekends for engagement activities.
  • Research, enhance and provide referrals to participants to other resources (e.g. housing services, long-term counseling, child-care, domestic abuse intervention agencies) that can further assist them to resolve issues preventing them from participating in the labor market.
  • Provides short-term counseling and works with clients to enhance their self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Maintains case notes, files and client data base as specified by the Fatherhood Program Coordinator and the Senior Director, Support Services.
  • Conducts participant follow-up as required.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manages the STRIVE clothing closet donation process, assists clients with clothing selection, and maintains clothing closet.
  • Works with other case managers to maintain and update agency’s resource/referral directory.
  • Completes other tasks as assigned or needed.

QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High School Diploma or GED required, BSW or bachelors in related field preferred.  At least 2 years of counseling experience, and exceptional communication skills required.  Overall knowledge of basic individual and group counseling skills a plus.  Life skills and experience will also be taken into consideration.  Must have a working knowledge of computers and Microsoft Office software.  Bilingual (English/Spanish) is helpful.

 

STRIVE considers applicants for all positions without regard to: race; color; religion; gender; national origin; age; sexual orientation; marital or veteran status; the presence of a medical condition, genetic information or handicap, unrelated to performing the tasks of the job; or any other legally protected status.