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.



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 two-year 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 please send a resume and cover letter 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 within the Healthcare and Office Operations arena. This position will provide a diverse range of direct career services such as resume writing assistance, mock interviews and leading 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 network of employers to provide jobs and internship opportunities to STRIVE 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.


Business Development Planning

  • Attend industry functions, such as association events and conferences, and provide feedback and information on market and creative trends.
  • Present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products, and distribution channels.
  • Identify opportunities for campaigns, services, and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in collaboration.

Management and Research

  • 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 industry, its company’s people and capabilities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated in health care recruitment preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in sales, recruitment or Job Development required
  • Experience working with diverse populations in low-income neighborhoods
  • Knowledge of the healthcare job market and employer contacts
  • 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]


Job Title:               Case Manager (Fatherhood)

Department:          Supportive Services

Reports To:           Fatherhood Program Coordinator

Our Mission:

The goal of STRIVE’s Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program is to foster close connections between fathers and their children, while facilitating employment, all with the goal of helping to break poverty cycles related to fatherless, single parent homes.

Position Summary:

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 or enhance their ability to provide financial or material support to 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, occupational trainings, 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 bases as specified by the Fatherhood Program Coordinator.
  • Conducts participant follow-up as required.

Essential 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.

How to Apply:    Please send a 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.