Career Development Coaches work with clients of immigrants and refugees to provide assistance in seeking and retaining a career that fits their own needs. Career Development Coaches connect with local employers, offer assistance in the job search, and help with casework. Some job coach placements require language proficiency in French and/or Spanish.
Career Development Coaches' service activities look different depending on what site you are placed at. However, generally speaking, these members will be heavily involved in:
- Working one-on-one with clients
- Curriculum development
- Lesson planning
- Leading the intake and outtake process
- Collecting, tracking, and organizing student data and learning gains
- Constant communication with students
- Outreach events
And that is just to name a few! Our AmeriCorps members take up diverse roles that strengthen their adaptability and problem-solving skills.
Community Need Addressed
Employment and literacy efforts in Central Texas face two challenges: the number of people needing literacy services and the ability of local providers to respond.
Career Development Coaches provide career readiness training, incentives for employment gains, and in some cases occupational skills training. They help clients realize their full potential in the job market and develop critical soft and hard skills to compete in the workforce.
AmeriCorps members will provide vital, high-quality, evidence-based literacy and employment instruction to low-income adults in the Austin and Houston regions of Texas. Members will be trained to adapt the curriculum to every student and class while fostering educational, professional, and personal growth for our clients. We expect to see significant job gains in our clientele as a result of our members' work. In addition, Career Development Coaches are providing an essential service to the various nonprofits that make up The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. By committing to a year of service, Career Development Coaches build the capacity of the nonprofits and allow them to meet the needs of the communities around them. Without AmeriCorps, a lot of these programs would be overwhelmed and not able to keep pace with the communities' demands. Their work is essential, and nothing less.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance
We offer plenty of mentorship sessions and professional development training. All AmeriCorps members will receive Motivational Interviewing training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, and plenty more.
BEST Plus Administrator Certification, English Forward Certification, Data Management, Training in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Strength-Based Training.
Skills you will gain
time tracking, keeping, and management, teaching, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, data tracking and management, lesson planning, mentoring, project management
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment