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Urban League of Portland

COMPENSATION: Compensation range is from $18.00 to $20.00 an hour, commensurate with education and experience. The position is a full-time (40 hours/week) appointment through June 30, 2019 (with the possibility of an extension).


SCOPE OF WORK: The Community Works Project (CWP) is a 6-agency collaborative project providing job preparation and placement services to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) participants who are participating in Job Opportunities Basic Skills (JOBS) program. CWP is located on-site at the Department of Human Services (DHS) East County Family Service Center.  The Skills and Life Coach will work with a cohort base caseload of individuals as well as coordinate with CWP and collaborative agency staff to facilitate periodic culturally specific professional and life skills development designed to provide career exploration, career mapping, job resiliency and readiness, employment, and employment retention.




  1. Career Coach
  • Develop, maintain and update periodic culturally specific skills development curriculum to include but not limited to such topics as resume building, cover letter writing, and career mapping.
  • Establish and maintain regular and effective communication with Workforce Specialists and CWP staff as needed to ensure customers’ participation in JOBS program.
  • Work collaboratively with CWP Life Skills Specialist to understand and incorporate relevant component of existing training into pilot curriculum.
  • Act as liaison withCWP partners to leverage resources to remove participants’ barriers to employment opportunities and increase their chances to become self-sufficient
  • Bring understanding of home agency and targeted community to ensure culturally specific wrap around service options for CWP customers.
  • Participate in trainings, meetings to ensure project out-comes achievement.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, up-to-date documentation and reporting of participant activities, progress and outcomes.
    • Schedule and conduct regular one-on-one, small group, and large group coaching sessions to help CWP participants resolve barriers to employment.
    • Maintain regular communication with participants to provide guidance with job and career goals.
    • Track CWP participant status through employment training including review and recommendations of individual career maps/plans.
    • Work to maximize employment retention and success through consistent communication andintentional and continued professional development.
    • Other duties as assigned.



2.    Life Coach

  • Develop, maintain and regularly update individual and group culturally specific life skills development curriculum to include but not limited to topics such as financial empowerment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques and tools, and conflict resolution.
  • Provide life coaching to a cohort based caseload ofAfrican-American participants designed to provide holistic support and personal empowerment.
    • Conduct CWPProgram eligibility screening and provide referrals as applicable. Maintainaccuratedocumentationofallclientinteractionandservices in hardcopy (and electronic as applicable)
    • Quicklyandaccuratelydetermineparticipantneedsandwork with CWP staff and partners to determine available resources and facilitate referral and/or prioritization as needed.
    • Maintainknowledgeofcommunityresourcesandregularlysharewith
    • Engageparticipantsinlessonswhichincreaseemotionalcapacityforcareer
    • Createandfacilitateappropriatelife-skillsactivitiestosupportcareer
    • AssistCWPstaffmemberstoidentifyandschedulelifeskill-relatedguest
    • ParticipateinCWP meetingsandpartner agency meetings as needed to ensure participant success and access to community resources.
    • Otherdutiesasassigned.



  1. Strongleadershipandorganizational
  2. Understandingofa wide variety of employment industries, current employment trends, and culturally specific motivation techniques.
  3. Jobdevelopmentandplacement
  4. Experience creating and presenting culturally specific curriculum and employment development in the African-American community.
  5. Courteous,effectiveverbalandwrittencommunicationskills; and excellentattentiontodetailandfollow-through.
  6. HighenergyandmotivationtohelpCWPparticipants
  7. Abilitytoworkeffectivelyaspartofateamaswellas
  8. Excellentcommunicationskillsandabilitytomarket CWP to potential participants and partners.
  9. Abilitytoestablishrapportandrelatesensitivelytoamultiracialandmulticulturalgroup with a wide variety of demographics.
  10. Experienceinlifeskillscoachingineitheraclassroomsettingoronaone-on-one
  11. WorkingknowledgeofMicrosoftOfficeSuite.
  12. Abilitytoeffectively manage time, resources, and competing deadlines to meet program needs and requirements.
  13. Abilitytoread,analyzeandinterpret
  14. Abilitytomaintainandpreparereportsformanagementreviewandparticipantcasefile
  15. Availability to work flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as required.
  16. Abilitytopresentapositiveandprofessionalimagetoclients,staffandcommunitythroughappropriate
  17. Abilitytomaintainconfidentialityofsensitive
  18. Mustunderstand,maintain,andupholdthemissionandvisionoftheUrban




  • Bachelor’sdegreeinthesocialsciences,business,orrelated
  • Or four years of professional experience providing skills development, career coaching, and/or life coaching.
  • Experience working with diverse populations(specifically the African-Americans)providing skills development, career and/or life coaching.
  • Experience providing instruction to groups of adults and coaching individuals in need of building life skills, and working in a multi-cultural social services environment.
  • Demonstrated ability developing and implementing curriculumutilizing a culturally competent teaching approach.
  • Understanding of the barriers and opportunities faced by adults engaged in TANF/JOBS program.
  • Understanding of the barriers, engagement techniques, and various learning styles of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, and have the ability to learn and use moderately complex client information system.
  • Experience and ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic diverse environment.


How to apply: The Urban League is always looking for qualified, committed people, who are interested in helping others and in building a stronger community. If you would like to be a member of the Urban League of Portland team, please submit your resume and a cover letter that specially highlights your experience and qualifications to: gro.xdplunull@tpeDecrofkroW and provide the job title that you are applying to in the subject line.

About the Urban League of Portland: Established in 1945, the Urban League of Portland is one of the oldest African American service, civil rights and advocacy organizations in the region. We are part of a network of over 80 National Urban League Affiliates across the country and are recognized as one of the leading voices for African Americans and others in Oregon and Southwest Washington. We are a key coalition-builder amongst other organizations, and work extensively with both traditional and emerging groups, the faith-based community, businesses, and other organizations, including those serving immigrants and refugees. The Urban League of Portland’s mission is to empower African Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life. Our programs include a distinctive blend of direct services, organizing, outreach, and advocacy. We offer workforce services, community health services, summer youth programming, senior services, meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and powerful advocacy.

Equal Opportunity Statement: The Urban League of Portland is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified employees and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.


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