About Jeremiah Program
Jeremiah Program (JP) is a nonprofit organization helping single mothers invest in themselves so they can thrive and take steps towards economic mobility by helping them access higher education, affordable childcare, housing, skills training and career development. JP envisions a world where poverty is no longer feminized; where race is not divorced from gender; where career and financial opportunities are not gentrified; and where women who experience poverty not only hold a seat at the table but hold the mic and curate the agenda.
Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for disrupting poverty, two generations at a time. At JP, we believe that no mother should have to make the untenable choice between investing in herself or supporting her children. Our holistic approach invites single mothers into the leadership tent and encourages families to bring all of their identities to bear in achieving their goals in pursuit of economic mobility.
Founded in 1993, this year JP is supporting over 1,000 moms and kids across nine residential and non-residential campuses: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Fargo, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester. JP Currently has an operating budget of 18.2M with 157 budgeted FTE for FY 2022. Learn more about JP and our work here.
The Family Coach role reports directly to the Family Services Director, who reports to the Executive Director. This role is responsible for providing transformative coaching to JP participants seeking to secure foundational basic needs, complete higher education, and ensure their children flourish in education and beyond. The Family coach walks alongside moms authoring their own stories, offering thought partnership, resources, support, and development. The Family Coach delivers individual and group programming to ensure moms have access to a continuum of skills and supports as they work to disrupt the cycle of generational poverty.
The Family Coach is responsible for representing the two-generation mission of the program and working directly with participants at the JP-St. Paul campus. Key responsibilities include the following:
- Recognize the deep humanity of the JP mom and enable the conditions for safe, judgement free reflection that is rooted in an understanding of the systemic barriers that affect single moms experiencing poverty, including but not limited to race, gender, and class barriers.
- Co-develop individual goal plans for participants to provoke self-discovery and personal growth; engage in goal setting and meaningful action.
- Coach participants by encouraging agency, promoting alignment between their personal values and actions, and generating innovative solutions using empowerment techniques.
- Through coaching, act as accountability partner to participants as they strive towards their self-determined individual goals and navigate the systems to achieve economic mobility, including but not limited to college completion and career ambitions.
- Provide support, crisis intervention, guidance, and resource referrals to address a variety of barriers to the student-parent journey, including housing, legal services, immigration, finances, food security and more.
- Reinforce program concepts and tools learned in JP programming.
Program Facilitation and Delivery
- Work closely with the Family Services Director to deliver high-quality programming that is responsive and meaningful in supporting moms in their journeys.
- Collaborate with Participant Council Leaders, partnering with participants to take active roles in programming and the community.
- Understand and apply program policies, protocols, and processes, tracking participant progress and outcomes and providing redirection and follow-up where applicable.
- Provide parent programming occasionally held on evenings or weekends.
- Support community partnerships and events.
- Assist in planning Graduation and other participant events.
- Contribute to and learn from multiple professional communities at the local site and across JP, collaborating across the organization to learn, plan and improve.
- Maintain efficient, confidential, and organized records in the organizational database to ensure accurate recordkeeping.
- Oversee and execute the data collection strategy that allows JP to make data-informed decisions about ongoing efforts to support moms deeply.
The Family Coach must believe in and be a passionate advocate for JP’s mission and values. They must possess and deep desire to support families and grow professionally. A qualified applicant will demonstrate the qualifications below.
- BA/BS (Master’s degree preferred) in education, human services, social work, or related field
- At least two years of coaching experience, preferably with coursework or training in life, family, or executive coaching
- Strong ability to interact effectively with diverse groups, and be at ease building successful collaborations with program participants, staff, and stakeholders
- Understanding of impact of structural inequities that lead to generational poverty
- Demonstrate strong project management and problem-solving skills in pursuit of outcomes for families
- Thorough knowledge of training, education, and resources available in the community
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work in a team environment, interact with management, direct service staff and participants to ensure high quality service delivery
- Proficiency in computer skills, i.e., Microsoft Office, SharePoint, and ability to learn Apricot database
- Passion for the Jeremiah Program mission and value
- Jeremiah Program requires new employees to either (i) present documentary proof of full COVID-19 vaccination prior to the start of employment or (ii) present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before the start of employment and consent to routine COVID-19 testing during employment pursuant to Jeremiah Program policies and protocols