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: National Program Manager, Juvenile Justice Initiative
Reports To: Senior National Director, STRIVE International
STRIVE Forward is a national initiative funded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) to assist youth offenders in successful re-entry and success in education and careers. The initiative is designed to conduct a free and open competition within the STRIVE Affiliate Network; award, monitor, and oversee the implementation of sub-grants; and facilitate the provision of services that will make a significant difference in the lives and long-term employment prospects of participants. Building on its innovative service model and well-established Affiliate Network, STRIVE will provide services over a period of 39 months to approximately 650 young offenders, ages 14 and older, from communities where poverty and crime are most concentrated.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
 Manage the rollout, implementation, and successful operation of STRIVE Forward.
 Manage relationships between STRIVE national and affiliate sub awarded sites. This includes regular travel to the affiliate sites as well as maintaining communication with key staff.
 Plan and coordinate meetings, trainings, and other technical assistance activities with STRIVE affiliate sites in person, on the phone and/or via webinar.
 Provide technical assistance to affiliate sites on program design, launch and implementation.
 In coordination with the applicable STRIVE national staff and US DOL personnel, coordinate programmatic grant reporting in a timely manner.
 Monitor sub award sites’ compliance with the STRIVE Forward outcomes and applicable federal circulars and program requirements; maintain a strong relationship with US DOL.
Other Duties:
 Work with other key STRIVE personnel focused on national initiatives.
 Research funding opportunities and support submission of grant proposals for the STRIVE affiliate network to sustain the program and/or similar affiliate wide initiatives in the future.
 Other special projects as assigned.
Qualifications, Education and/or Experience:
 Master’s degree preferred, Bachelor’s degree required.
 Must have a minimum of three to five years of work experience in program/grant management. Previous experience managing a pass-through award to multiple sites preferred.
 Professional experience with re-entry of ex-offenders and/or youth development required. Must have knowledge of and experience with criminal justice systems, programs and issues. Relevant life experience will also be taken into consideration.
 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.
 Regular travel is required. This position is based in NYC.

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 Program Coordinator

Department:              Career Services

Reports To:                 Senior Director, Career Services

Move-up is a 2 year pilot program funded by the Kellogg foundation to help low-income working parents, particularly parents of color, to move up from entry-level jobs to middle-skill, higher-wage employment.

The overall goal is to raise families above 200% of the federal poverty level (or $47,700 for a family of four) by creating pathways and establishing partnerships that increase workforce mobility for low-income, working parents.

The Program Coordinator must ensure that Move-up Program consistently provides the following services:

  • Upskilling opportunities: Employer-driven postsecondary education and training, offered by a community college, for example, that leads to industry-recognized, employer-demanded credentials.
  • Career development (pre- and post-employment), including a combination of: planning and goal-setting in line with their interests and talents, resume development and interview preparation, on-the-job mentoring, enhanced soft skills development
  • Work/Income supports; including a combination of: assistance with childcare (access to government-provided childcare subsidies and/or high quality childcare providers), transportation, child support obligations, no or poor credit, and/or financial emergencies; and access to free tax preparation services [to claim the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and the federal Child Tax Credit]; federal free and reduced-price meal program for their children; high quality financial institutions, services and products to help reduce debt and increase savings; and/or a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


  • Identify and recruit incumbent workers, e.g., current employees of the participating employers and/or STRIVE alumni who are interested in advancing their career
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with multiple (and preferably a consortium of) employers who have made a concrete commitment to offering advancement opportunities to incumbent workers, including frontline workers who are already employed by the employer partners and/or entry-level workers who are already employed in the targeted sectors
  • Develop partnerships with agencies that provide services to help low income clients alleviate employment barriers.
  • Track participant progress throughout the program and post completion. Follow the Kellogg Foundation’s evaluation and data collection requirements including establishing common metrics and data sharing protocols, for tracking progress and the impact on worker advancement and employer costs (in consultation with the external evaluation partner);
  • Execute partnership agreements that clearly outline commitments regarding the targeted service and advancement outcomes; participant tracking and data sharing; staff time, roles and responsibilities; financial and in-kind contributions and other plans and processes for effectively implementing the pilot study;
  • Participate the hiring and training for new and other staff involved in the pilot study;
  • Use technology whenever possible to increase program participation and completion.


Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least five (5) year’s experience in finding employment for hard to place individuals is desired as well as a willingness and ability to find creative ways to engage graduates to help them obtain career advancement. Those applying should also be familiar with government and privately funded poverty programs, and be creative in resolving challenges.

Successful applicants will have experience showing initiative and proactively implementing program improvements. The incumbent should also have a firm understanding of the barriers to advancement low income employees frequently face and strategies for helping people successfully overcome them.

Must be able to work at least one evening per week to successfully engage employed participants.

Please submit cover letter and resume 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.

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.