Fair Futures Coach

    • Job Tracking ID: 512690-728534
    • Job Location: Bronx, NY
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: March 20, 2020
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Under the supervision of the  Program Director , the Fair Futures Coach uses the "Goals & Steps" framework to help young people navigate a set of age-appropriate goals and tasks in the following core areas; academic, career development, social/emotional as well as housing and independent living. The primary job of a Coach is to form a deep, authentic relationship with the young person. This staff’s focus is on meeting the young person where they are, building a trusting relationship, believing in them, helping them achieve their academic and career development goals, and sticking with them no matter what (even after aging out) until age 26. This staff member will maintain professionalism in all areas, including confidentiality.

Overall Duties:

* Build relationships with up to 15 young people

* Provide ongoing social/emotional support

* Work 1:1 with young people to develop individualized academic and career development goals based on

their interests and strengths and take measurable steps towards their goals

* Connect young people to quality schools, programs, resources, and opportunities in line with their goals

* Help young people persist in these settings, navigate any challenges that arise, celebrate successes, and

plan/prepare for the next step on their journey

* Should a youth not be successful in any particular school/program setting, Coaches help young people

reflect on the experience and work with them to set new goals and transition to the next opportunity

* Collaborate with Case Planners, Tutors, Specialists, and foster/birth parents, as needed, to help youth

achieve their goals and ensure their overall well-being

* Connect young people to peer group supports and build positive relationships

* Ensure young people who are aging out can access and maintain stable, affordable housing and build

independent living skills


Academic Job Duties Can Include, But Are Not Limited To:

* Re-engage disconnected youth and help them re-enroll in an academic setting

* Assess the fit between the young person and their current academic setting and help them transfer into a

better-fit high school or high school equivalency (HSE) program, if needed

* Visit the young person’s school/program and build relationships with school staff, review transcripts and

academic data, provide educational advocacy, and discuss progress towards graduation/HSE obtainment

* Ensure young people are attending school and have the supports and resources they need to be successful,

such as tutoring, individualized educational plans (IEPs), 504 Plans, or other special accommodations

* Expose students to post-secondary pathways, such college and/or accredited vocational programs, starting

in the 9th grade (or as early as possible)

* Assist students with post-secondary planning, along with the guidance counselors and/or College Specialists

and Career Development Specialists

* Connect the student to the College Specialist to apply to colleges, opportunity programs, and all forms of

financial aid, funding, and scholarships

* Provide college persistence coaching, including ensuring students are receiving all of the financial and

academic supports they need to succeed each semester

* Assist students with planning for apprenticeship and vocational education paths, as appropriate

* Collaborate with all relevant partners, such as Case Planners, guidance counselors, Specialists, Tutors,

teachers, family members, and caregivers


Career Development Duties Can Include, But Are Not Limited To:

* Assist young people in obtaining working papers, if needed

* Conduct career exploration activities with young people

* Assist all young people in selecting at least one career development experience each year that is in line

with their interests and academic situation/background

* Work with the young person and Career Development Specialist to identify potential longer-term career

pathways based on the young person’s interests, strengths, and academic/vocational plans

* Connect the young person to the Career Development Specialist, if needed, to explore workforce

development programs, vocational programs, and for assistance with job applications

* Connect young people, as needed, to agency-based job readiness and/or internship

* Provide persistence coaching to young people enrolled in any external program by checking in with them



Housing And Independent Living Job Duties Can Include, But Are Not Limited To:

* Ensure that the young person coordinates with a Case Planner

to ensure that all young people’s housing applications are submitted as early

as possible

* Accompany the young person to visit supportive housing residences, when needed

* Help young people move in and obtain furniture

* Help young people maintain their housing by providing independent living and life skills supports such as

budgeting, obtaining a bank account, and advocating with landlords, if needed

Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience working with at-risk or system-involved young people
  • An Associate or accredited vocational degree, and 3+ years of working with at-risk or system-involved young people
  • Foster care and/or significant experience working with vulnerable youth in a professional manner preferred
  • Must be able to work from a strength-based, trauma-informed, youth development lens
  • NYC ACS or private agency child welfare experience preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong time-management, organizational skills, and attention to detail; Ability to troubleshoot, advocate, and navigate obstacles where there is not always a clear-cut pathway
  • Open to learning how to use and interpret data to inform decision-making
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in team settings and build relationships with external partners
  • Ability to use Motivational Interviewing techniques
  • Ability to use trauma-informed techniques
  • Knowledgeable about youth resources and services
  • Ability to facilitate therapeutic peer groups
  • Ability to work well with people from many cultures including recent immigrants, non-English speakers, and LGBTQ children
  • Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred
  • Willingness to travel within the 5 boroughs of New York City
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License required


Schedule: Non-Exempt
  • Regular hours entail 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, 40 hours a week
  • Must be able to flex schedule to meet program needs
  • Weekend hours required


As a full time benefits position, staff is eligible to enroll in medical, dental, vision, FSA, supplemental life insurance, critical illness, enhanced short-term disability, and 401(k) benefits.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment drug testing.