POSITION: Part time Coach (Advancing Cities) 

LOCATION: Washington, DC 

REPORTS TO:  Program Director, LIFT DC 


FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt   



Founded in 1998, LIFT is a nonprofit organization on a mission to break the cycle of poverty by investing in parents. LIFT’s one-on-one coaching program empowers parents to set and achieve goals that put families on the path toward economic mobility – such as going back to school, improving credit, eliminating debt, or securing a living wage. In addition to coaching, LIFT parents also receive direct cash infusions to reinvest in their families and goals. LIFT partners with colleges, governments, and health systems to deliver its services nationwide and operates sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. Learn more at www.whywelift.org. 


LIFT is at an exciting moment in its organizational trajectory. We aim to further scale our impact by 1) making continuous improvements to our direct service model, 2) partnering with other organizations and agencies to deliver LIFT's program and support to the families they serve, and 3) influencing policy change at the local, state, and national level. We are looking for team players who thrive in a growth environment of continuous improvement, are committed to LIFT’s mission, and uphold LIFT’s values of diversity, equity, excellence, hope, and relationships.    


*LIFT is operating under a hybrid schedule, and this role will be expected to work in the office as needed, potentially up to twice a week. LIFT requires all staff to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, unless they receive a medical or religious exemption.*   



The part-time coach is responsible for overseeing member recruitment, and one-on-one coaching relationships for all members that are participating in the Advancing Cities grant. The coach will engage members in goal setting and action planning, monitor parents’ progress, and provide accountability and encouragement to parents over time. The Lead Coach also connects parents to relevant community resources and information and guides them as they practice new behaviors, actions, and skills necessary to reach goals. Finally, the coach will additionally provide support on LIFT other projects, services, and parent recruitment efforts, as needed.  

 *This position is funded by the JPMC Advancing Cities grant over 3 years*  



  • Build and maintain positive relationships with American University, Trinity University, and Martha’s Table to promote LIFT to their students and members.   
  • Lead recruitment of members into LIFT and the AEEC initiative.  
  • Attend monthly Advancing Cities meetings with applicable partners.  
  • Provide high-quality coaching to 20-25 members to support their achievement of career, educational and financial goals.
  • Conduct follow-up research on behalf of parents on topics relevant to their goals.
  • Participate actively in daily debriefs with LIFT staff and fellow coaches.
  • Support retention of parents in coaching through regular phone calls and emails.
  • Provide regular upward feedback to LIFT’s Program Team to improve the design and effectiveness of the AEEC partnership and program
  • Provide short-term resource assistance to parents who are not currently eligible for coaching.
  • Maintain accurate files/records and document services to parents in LIFT’s online case management system.
  • Maintain confidentiality in all matters regarding the children and families served.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  



  • Ability to work 20-25 hrs/week  
  • Collaborate effectively with parents to develop goals and to provide clear feedback about their progress 
  • Committed to LIFT’s mission and vision 
  • Possess strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Demonstrate a strong attention to detail
  • Able to work effectively with community partners
  • Able to work effectively with a diverse population
  • Able to work well independently and are adaptable to changing environments
  • Interested in exploring both macro and micro social work opportunities
  • Preferred: You are able to communicate proficiently in Spanish  
  • You are committed to LIFT’s mission and demonstrate LIFT’s values of equity, diversity, relationships, hope, and excellence.  


Don’t think you have everything for this role but are still interested? Please don’t hesitate to apply. We’d love to hear from you!LIFT believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants. LIFT’s goal is for our people to reflect the communities in which we live and serve and to ensure representation of people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities in our organization.    



  • LIFT’s compensation philosophy is to pay competitively for our non-profit sector and ensure equity across the organization. The salary for this role is $17/hour. Compensation for the role depends on several factors including qualifications, skills, competencies, and experience.
  • Generous pro-rated paid-time-off
  • Paid wellness weeks: A one-week organization-wide paid week between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and a one-week organization-wide paid week the week of the Independence Day holiday (the end of our fiscal year transition)

Please visit www.whywelift.org/careers to apply and submit a resume. 


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