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 Title: MOVE UP Career Coach

Department: Career Services

MOVE UP is the acronym for Mobility and Opportunity for Valuable Employment by Upskilling Parents. The MOVE UP study funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation offers working parents in low-wage, entry-level jobs access to training programs, career development and work supports – like child care and transportation – all toward learning how to move hardworking parents up the career ladder into higher, family-sustaining jobs. Additionally, the program seeks to assist employers in creating pathways for growth and reduce costs of training and turnover.

The MOVE UP Career Coach will:

Build relationships, collaborate, and demonstrate teamwork

  • Work collaboratively with and encourage collaboration between team members to ensure performance goals are met
  • Support and promote the MOVE UP mission and philosophy both internally and externally
  • Identify and recruit incumbent workers from participating employers and/or STRIVE alumni who are interested in career advancement
  • Create a coaching environment where all participants feel heard, can express ideas, learn and solve problems in creative ways
  • Work with training providers to ensure successful advanced training completion
  • Develop and maintain partnerships to support program participants, e.g. financial literacy, childcare resources, tax preparation, etc.
  • Facilitate supportive services to address obstacles preventing participant career advancement

Be accountable and results-focused

  • Establish, track and meet program dashboard indicators (e.g. enrollment, retention, skill attainment, participant satisfaction
  • Assess all MOVE UP program applicants and participants for readiness, retention, and career advancement
  • Deliver MOVE UP career advancement training
  • Conduct one-on-one and group academic coaching sessions focusing on competencies necessary for academic success (study skills, test taking techniques, time management, organization, etc.)
  • Guide participants in identifying professional development goals, creating career maps and developing leadership skills
  • Increase participant awareness in areas of development and assist in identifying financial aid resources
  • Take ownership of the academic coaching role as leader for MOVE UP participants
  • Evaluate participant progress on a weekly basis, as well as, provide participants with performance feedback and address any obstacles that may be impending progress
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of the MOVE UP Celebration of Achievement ceremonies

Communicate and complete administrative tasks

  • Track and report attendance, coaching session participation and participation progress on a weekly/monthly basis
  • Input all data in ETO, Apricot, and/or other case management systems
  • Complete MOVE UP program summary reports for employers, funders, MOVE UP leadership, and other stakeholders
  • Communicate regularly with Supervisor to insure smooth delivery of services
  • Resolve disagreements and conflict in a professional and productive manner


The successful candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-5 years’ experience in counseling and/or training adults
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse group of clients at all levels of the organization
  • Knowledge of academic assessment and career decision making tools and resources required
  • Familiarity with career ladders and professional advancement protocols preferred
  • Knowledge of barriers low-income employees face for career advancement as well as strategies for helping people successfully overcome them
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong MS Office skills, especially Excel, Word, and Outlook
  • Capacity to work at least one evening per week and some weekend availability required
  • Familiarity with government and privately-funded poverty programs
  • A willingness and the creativity in resolving challenges
  • Experience showing initiative and proactively implementing program improvements

Bilingual (English/Spanish) is helpful but not required.

To Apply

Forward resume and cover letter with salary requirements to [email protected]


Job Title: STRIVE Future Leaders Workshop Facilitator

Reports To: Coordinator, STRIVE Future Leaders

STRIVE Future Leaders is a national initiative funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) to assist disconnected young adults offenders in successful re-entry and success in education and careers. Building on its innovative service model and well-established Affiliate Network, [STRIVE will provide services over a period of 26 months to approximately 156 young adults, ages 18 to 24, from communities where poverty and crime are most concentrated.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and lead employment readiness and life skill training cycles.
  • Facilitate classroom sessions with groups of disconnected young adults.
  • Implement and create job retention and life skills curriculum.
  • Recruit, screen, and interview young adults for acceptance into the Future Leaders Workshop.
  • Support participants during internships with close monitoring, weekly classes, and site visits.
  • Develop and maintain career based internship locations in a wide range of fields.
  • Provide career, life-skills, and educational counseling and guidance to participants and alumni.
  • Monitor performance and administer pay for all interns.

Other Duties:

  • Work with other key personnel focused on STRIVE Future Leaders to ensure the success of program participants.
  • Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications, Education, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required or comparable work experience.
  • Professional experience with the re-entry of ex-offenders and young adults development required.
  • Must have knowledge of and experience with criminal justice systems, programs and issues.
  • Must have strong time and project management skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of public and non-profit partners is a must, excellent interpersonal skills required.

Must have outstanding communication and writing skills; solid proficiency in Microsoft Office.

To Apply

Forward resume and cover letter with salary requirements to [email protected]



Job Title: Employment Specialist

Reports To: Coordinator, Business Development Unit

Position Summary

STRIVE International is seeking an Employment Specialist to assist graduates in obtaining employment. This position will provide a diverse range of direct career services such as resume writing assistance, mock interviews and facilitating career development workshops.

New Business Development

  • Prospect for potential new clients and turn this into increased business.
  • Cold call as appropriate within targeted market or geographic area to ensure a robust pipeline of opportunities.
  • Identify potential clients, and the decision makers within the client organization.
  • Set up meetings between client decision makers and company’s practice leaders/Principals.
  • Work with team to develop proposals that speaks to the client’s needs, concerns, and objectives.
  • Establish and maintain a portfolio of employers to provide jobs and internship opportunities to Responsible Fatherhood graduates, target advancement opportunities; and employer contributions.

Business Client Growth & Retention

  • Present new organizational initiatives and services to enhance existing business client relationships.
  • Work with and leverage lateral support staff to coordinate recruitment events in order to meet business and client needs/demands.
  • Forecast sales targets and ensure they are met by the team.
  • Submit weekly progress reports and ensure data is accurate.
  • Ensure that data is accurately entered and managed within the company’s CRM or other sales management system.
  • Track and record activity on accounts and help to close deals to meet these targets.
  • Research and develop a thorough understanding of the target industries.

Group Facilitation and Career Coaching

  • Design and implement outreach strategies to promote job development services to alumni.
  • Monitor and maintain internal workshop/certification funnels in order to place graduates into industry specific employment or career advancement opportunities.
  • Advise students individually and in class presentations regarding resume writing, interviewing and job search skills.
  • Develop promotional materials and strategies for the career counseling program.
  • Conduct employer – driven on-site hiring events and/or industry specific career fairs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated in health care recruitment preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in sales, recruitment or Job Development required
  • Experience or desire to work with diverse populations in low-income neighborhoods
  • Experience creating and sustaining relationships with employers
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

To Apply

Forward resume and cover letter with salary requirements to [email protected]


STRIVE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Legal work authorization required.