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168 Newbury Street
The Lawrence Working Families Initiative (LWFI) is a groundbreaking effort to link the families of Lawrence Public Schools students with the resources they need to access employment and advance economically – in order to thrive and to support their children’s academic achievement. LWFI is based on the premise that a successful Turn-Around of Lawrence schools is a whole community and whole family effort, and that children thrive when their families are stable. LWFI is a collaborative effort of Lawrence CommunityWorks, the Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Lawrence, local nonprofit organizations, public sector institutions, and area employers. It is part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge Initiative.
Position: Coaching Specialist
The LWFI Family Coaching Specialist will provide employment and financial coaching with a focus on the utilization of coaching techniques, tools, and practices to LPS parents. Core duties include a) supporting LPS parents to develop financial and employment goals by conducting financial analysis, skills evaluations and needs assessments and providing guidance, b) delivering training workshops by coordinating with relevant staff at partner agencies and within the schools and c) advocating by facilitating relationships and communication with relevant LPS staff and partner agencies to help parents achieve progress towards financial and employment goals. The Coaching Specialist is a loaned LCW employee anchored at the Lawrence Public Schools Family Resource Center and will rotate assignments between various public schools directly engaged with the Lawrence Working Families Initiative.
· Conduct intake process and file maintenance of LPS parent cases and coordinate referrals to relevant key partners or area employers.
· Conduct triage through needs and goals assessments of LPS parents and provide written action-based plans designed to achieve or resolve identified parent individual goals and barriers.
· Conduct on-going follow up with parents, employers and partners to ensure parent success in accomplishing goals or resolving barriers to financial stability or employment.
· Establish and maintain regular presence and relationships at various schools as assigned to conduct onsite coaching, education and support services with parents.
· Lead job readiness workshops including cover letter and resume development, career exploration and support, job search, job applications, and interviewing; Adapt curriculum as needed to address employer and participant needs.
· Lead personal finance workshops including money management, credit, savings and wealth building; Adapt curriculum as needed to address participant challenges and needs.
· Conduct marketing and outreach of initiative activities and resources.
· Work with relevant partners to design and deliver financial and employment coaching training for LWFI partners and School staff.
· Identify and screen guest speakers for workshops as necessary.
· Ensure that counseling and workshop participants have opportunities to connect to other parents and LWFI resources.
· Ensuring counseling and education production is sufficient to meet parent needs and project goals, and responsive to operational standards and guidelines as established by management and funder agreements
· Ensuring integrity of program data gathering, entry, and reporting and evaluation.
· Attend required trainings and recommended professional development and networking opportunities to advance personal and project capacity.
· Work closely with project partners to ensure that efforts are grounded in deep understanding of parent strengths and barriers.
· Other tasks as assigned by Program Manager or Department Director.
Qualifications and Skills:
· Bachelor’s Degree or direct relevant experience coaching and training others required
· Must be flexible and willing to work evenings and weekends as needed
· Ability to work with financial calculations and understand figures and trends
· Critical thinking and problem solving skills
· Ability and experience working with populations of limited resources with empathy and compassion
· Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
· Proven ability to work with efficiency and good humor
· Self-starter, self-disciplined, well-organized, with excellent follow-through
· Must have transportation and be available to travel
· Bilingual English and Spanish required; culturally competent necessary
Health and dental Insurance, Vacation, Sick and Personal days, Simple IRA match at 3%. Flexible Spending Account. Group Life Insurance after a year of service.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual: English & Spanish required; culturally competent necessary.
Minimum Education Required