Position Title: Financial & Job Coach
Volunteer Supervisor: Ryan Davis, Training Coordinator
How to Apply: Email or call Ryan at RyanD@CommunityActionSkagit.org or (360) 416-7585 to learn more about the position or set up an interview.
Applicant Type: The successful candidate should have a desire to learn and provide decision making and goal setting tools, exhibit good interpersonal communication skills, be a positive role model, and have an ability to provide coaching services in a culturally sensitive manner. No previous coaching experience is necessary.
Position Description: The Financial & Job Coach will work with low to moderate income participants to engage and motivate them to identify their needs and goals in relation to financial literacy, education, and employment. They will receive training in motivational interviewing which will provide the tools and skills necessary to guide participants in developing a plan of action to reach their goals. Volunteers will choose to engage as a one-on-one coach, a workshop facilitator or co-facilitator, or a drop-in coach.
- Take case notes during coaching sessions to record participant’s goals, progress or setbacks and submit once a month to Tracy
- Be supportive and non-judgmental of the participant, their views, lifestyle and aspirations
- Fill out and submit a monthly volunteer time sheet
- Maintain communication with supervisor to provide feedback and updates
- Research referrals appropriate to participant’s needs as necessary
- Respect participant confidentiality
Location and Time Commitment:
- Attend Financial & Job Coaching training, time and location to be determined
- Attend a five hour Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPES) as available, time and location to be determined
- Commit to six months of volunteering in the program
- One-on-one coaches should meet with participants a minimum of one hour every two weeks in a public setting such as a library or coffee shop in Skagit County, at Community Action, or by phone, text, or online
- Participate in a coaching refresher and debriefing session at least once in the six month period
Volunteer Benefits: Volunteers develop and practice coaching skills which are easily transferable to their personal lives. They will also gain knowledge on financial, education and employment resources in the community while supporting community members in achieving stability.
Community Need Met: Participants gain knowledge and tools towards reaching financial, education and/or employment goals through collaboration with a Financial & Job Coach, helping to eliminate poverty at the family and community level.