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:         MS Office Computer Trainer

Department: Training

Reports To:    Latisha Smith

STRIVE is seeking a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist to instruct our five (5) week Office Operations training in efforts for our graduates to become MOS certified in Microsoft Word and Excel. The MS Office Computer Trainer must also assist current participants and graduates with resume formatting, internet search and other assigned tasks.


Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reinforces CORE curriculum skills and knowledge through technology, and performs a variety of activities in the computer lab through hands on activities and projects
  • Must have the ability to coach people with different levels of ability to pass the MOS Word and Excel certification test
  • Create lesson plans based on occupation and use examples from the healthcare industry
  • Supports our participants with email set-up, job search, and professional social media accounts such as LinkedIn
  • Computer Basics
  • Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Internet Safety and Social Media for Job Search
  • Instructs pupils in proper use, care, and safe handling of computer equipment
  • Monitors and programs micro-computers and provides programmed individual instructions to meet the needs of each student
  • Provides individual and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of pupils and to accommodate circumstances where a variety of projects and activities are being worked on simultaneously
  • Organizes all classroom activities and keeps students on task and focused
  • Provides for safe storage and proper use of materials, equipment, and tools to prevent loss or abuse. Makes minor adjustments and requests repairs to equipment as required
  • Performs other duties as required

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Must demonstrate his/her ability as Computer Lab Instructor as follows
  • Maintaining working knowledge and application skills in the newest technological software and hardware
  • Learn and apply the proper methods and procedures to be followed in a variety of instructional situations
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing using correct grammar
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, and students
  • Demonstrate an understanding, patient and receptive attitude toward students


The applicant must have a minimum of 2 – 5 years applicable teaching experience.  The incumbent must possess excellent facilitation, and classroom management skills; Bachelor’s  Degree preferred; Possess a general working knowledge of networking, basic programming, database administration, Microsoft Office 2010 or higher, and server administration. The Instructor must have a high energy level with excellent administrative, communication, interpersonal, and, presentation skills. Must be flexible and able to assess the needs of the client, and have the ability to keep calm and reason during stressful situations.

Please submit resume and cover letter 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.


Major Gifts Officer
The Major Gifts Officer reports directly to the Vice President of Development and works with the following constituents in designing, implementing and managing a comprehensive, coordinated and effective principal/planned/major gift program:
 CEO of STRIVE International
 CEO’s of STRIVE affiliates
 Development staff colleagues
 STRIVE Board of Directors
 STRIVE Capital Campaign Committee volunteers
 Professional advisors
This individual will personally manage a portfolio of 75-100 prospects across the four stages of the solicitation process: Discovery, Cultivation, Solicitation and Stewardship. S/he will also be expected to serve as a resource to volunteers and colleagues who have been assigned personal solicitation responsibilities.
Principal Duties:
1) Identify, qualify and cultivate prospective donors for principal/planned/major gifts.
2) Develop and propose strategies for solicitation of principal/major gifts, including: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and subsequent solicitation; assuring that solicitations are carried out.
3) Demonstrate appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship skills while developing meaningful and lasting relationships with key constituents.
4) Develop a proactive planned giving program (including infrastructure and marketing) and provide prospects/donors with planned giving consultative services.
5) Work collaboratively with colleagues to assure that all aspects of the principal/major gift solicitation process are proceeding smoothly.
6) Develop and implement programs for principal, major and planned gifts staff process documentation and improvement, and progress tracking/moves management. Continually reinforce the prospect relationship continuum.
7) Participate, as required, in development initiatives including solicitation strategy teams for key prospects and internal planning efforts.
8) Maintain current knowledge of STRIVE programs and priorities in order to present the organization to prospective donors in the best possible light
9) Coordinate an effective program for recognition, involvement and stewardship of principal/planned/major gift donors in coordination with the Senior Director of Development and the CEO of STRIVE.
Knowledge and Experience:
 Three to five or more years of individual principal/planned/major gift fundraising experience
 Bachelor’s Degree
Skills and Abilities:
The successful candidate will bring creativity, entrepreneurial energy, outstanding personal skills and a commitment to professional fundraising ethics. S/he will have the ability to work on many fronts simultaneously, keeping both details and the big picture in mind. He or she will be able to see opportunities and set priorities while building and managing a wide variety of relationships. He or she must develop a passion for the mission and vision of STRIVE International. In addition she/he will have the following attributes:
 Ability to understand the needs and interests of major donors in order to facilitate their relationships with STRIVE.
 Understanding of fundraising priorities developed through excellent working relationships with Development colleagues, STRIVE leadership team and Board members/ volunteers.
 Demonstrated leadership qualities and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional activities and initiatives. Ability to initiate, monitor, and evaluate strategic advancement plans.
 Ability to articulate the case for support so that prospects embrace the vision/mission/goals of STRIVE.
 Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills required.
 Knowledge of tax laws that impact charitable giving, personal assets and estates.
 In addition to these general skills, the position requires the ability to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:(1) to initiate contacts with potential major donors; (2) to develop appropriate cultivation strategies for them, including working with volunteers; (3) to move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure; (4) to make solicitations when appropriate; (5) to maintain stewardship contacts with donors.
 Facility with fundraising software, especially that which applies to the specific area of prospect management.
 Willingness to routinely travel within New York metropolitan area and occasionally to other areas of the country.

Please submit resume and cover letter 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.