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Children's Aid Senior Life Coach (Sign-on Bonus Eligible) in Bronx, New York

Senior Life Coach (Sign-on Bonus Eligible) 1/12/22Full Time--Bronx

Job ID: 005130

Mission:The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School is a community school whose mission is to prepare elementary and middle school students for success in school and in life by providing them with a rigorous instructional experience, addressing their physical, emotional and social needs, fostering a sense of pride and hope, and serving as a safe and engaging community hub.

The Children’s Aid mission is to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

Location:The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School (Morrisania section of the Bronx, New York)

Senior Life Coach Position Description

TheSeniorLife Coachis the central staff member to a set of programmatic enrichment, prevention and intervention strategies designed to support the holistic development of Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School (CACPCS)students. CACPCS Senior LifeCoacheswork collaboratively with the Life Coaches and under the daily supervision of the Life Coach Director who works under the direction of the Community School Director and the Head of School.

Specific Responsibilities:As an employee of the Children’s Aid working at the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, the Senior Life Coach is primarily responsible for working with his/her school colleagues to ensure that the supports necessary to meet the demands of academic excellence are in place while working aggressively to eliminate or significantly reduce any barriers that may impede a child’s healthy academic, socio-emotional, or physical development.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Foster positive and healthy relationships with each student/family in a grade and/or as assigned

  • Foster positive and healthy relationships with all school staff including the Principal, teachers and all other school personnel

  • Reach out to other Children’s Aid staff throughout the organization as needed for resources, services or other supports as needed by students and their families

  • Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment, person-in-environment, and other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to engage with clients and constituencies


  • Develop mutually agreed-on academic and non-academic goals based on the critical assessment of strengths, needs, and challenges with elementary or middle school students

  • Track student progress around these goals that are aligned to larger outcomes in the areas of Attendance, Self-Efficacy, Life Skills, Avoiding Risky Behavior, and Health

  • Work with colleagues, supervisor and director to identify and coordinate academic and socio-emotional resources for students and their families


  • Critically choose and implement interventions to achieve practice goals and enhance capacities of clients and constituencies

  • Provide intensive one-to-one life coaching/counseling to 15-20 students identified based on a set of specific needs through either short-term therapy or long-term therapy using a variation of the following methods:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Play therapy engagement methods, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy

  • Provide in class support for struggling students and provide recommendations for teachers to ensure children are able to learn

  • Maintain regular communication with students’ parents/caregivers in order to support the school’s Parent Involvement and Attendance goals

  • Work with Success Mentors to maintain Attendance goals, provide home visits as necessary, and develop creative interventions to address needs


  • Produce weekly progress notes and monthly reports documenting interventions and progress of students and create treatment plans as needed.

  • Critically analyze, monitor, and evaluate intervention and program processes and outcomes

  • Apply evaluation findings to improve practice effectiveness at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels


  • Plan and create lessons accordingly for the implementation of group curriculum and therapy on a weekly basis

  • Assess needs of students, parents and teachers, notice patterns of students

  • Design programming in coordination with the Life Coach Director to address these needs

  • Provide supervision to junior Life Coaches

  • Ensure children and families are connected to as many community resources as possible based on needs, especially camp and mental health resources


  • Use the resources provided by the Children’s Aid Society to meet the needs of students on a daily basis

  • Identify social policy at the local, state, and federal level that impacts well-being, service delivery, and access to social services

  • Advocate for children, parents, families, and staff in order to access services

Clinical Practice

  • Use empathy, reflection, and interpersonal skills to effectively engage diverse clients and constituencies

  • Use supervision and consultation to guide professional judgment and behavior. Make ethical decisions by applying the standards of the NASW Code of Ethics, relevant laws and regulations, models for ethical decisions-making, ethical conduct of research, and additional codes of ethics as appropriate to context

  • Recognize the importance of diversity and difference in practice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels

  • Apply self-awareness and self-regulation to manage the influence of personal biases and values in working with diverse clients and constituencies

  • Participate in on-going training and professional development provided by CACPCS and Community Schools


  • 3-5 years of experience working with young people (in-school and/or out-of-school settings)

  • Master’s degree in social work (MSW) - Required**

  • Social Work License (LMSW) - Required

  • SIFI certification - Preferred

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English or English/French Speaker) - Preferred

Desired Competencies & Skills:

  • Experience with group facilitation and classroom management

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • A demonstrated commitment to goal-orientated work and focus on outcomes and results

  • A demonstrated ability to effectively work with students who have been traditionally under-served including English Language Learners, children with special needs, children who have been or are currently involved in the child welfare system, children living below self-sufficiency, and children from single parent households

  • A demonstrated willingness and ability to meet the professional expectations of a dynamic work environment like a school or other community-based educational setting

  • Demonstrated ability to engage and motivate young people in various settings

  • Ability to work independently and creatively as well as handle multiple tasks with exceptional attention to detail

  • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues to create a strong network of support for scholars and their families

  • Professionalism, sound judgment, foresight, flexibility and maturity

  • An entrepreneurial spirit which embraces creativity and hard work inherent in a start-up

  • Willingness to jump in and attend to the team


  • Commensurate with experience and qualifications

  • Authorized to provide hours toward attaining Licensed Clinical Social Work designation


Job Type Full Time

Location --Bronx