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UpRise Nashville

Career Services Coach

UpRise Nashville


Job Summary

Position: Career Services Coach

At UpRise, we are on a mission to alleviate poverty in our community through education, redemptive relationships and the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We believe that the local church should be at the forefront of this effort, reflecting God’s kingdom in word and deed. Our Career Services Coaches play a critical role in ensuring our participants, whom we call “Leaders” as they lead their own change, form a vision and reach their dreams, obtaining the support they need along the way to maintain success in that path.  

People who love this job and do well in this position serve gladly, work dependably and communicate honestly. They act with integrity and propel the mission and the team forward, even if it’s not in their job description. They assume the best in others and are always learning and expanding their contribution.  

Position Summary:  The Career Services Coach will teach classes during our five week training camp and coach a smaller subset of Leaders during training camp (10-16) through post-secondary education, job placement and sustaining employment. Personalized guidance is provided in several ways: planning for life, navigating barriers, making it through school, preparing for the job application process, securing a career job, developing new skills, acquiring resources and sustaining employment. One of the Coach’s most important objectives is to develop and cultivate a deep and meaningful relationship with each Leader. The Career Coach will have excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, and experience in the use of institutional databases and research methods.

Job Responsibilities

  • Attend Training Camp activities as assigned
  • Exemplify and hold Leaders accountable to meet program values
  • Help Programming Team to manage classroom needs
  • Prepare lessons and teach soft skill related classes during Training Camp and Family Gatherings as assigned (resume writing, interviewing, etc.)
  • Work with Leaders to identify viable career pathways and plan next steps
  • Help oversee middle skills and direct placement (including potential apprenticeship opportunities) and internships
  • Assist Leaders in accessing financial assistance for education programs
  • Track Leaders’ progress through education programs
  • Manage Career Launch for assigned Leaders and others as needed
  • Facilitate submission of employment applications, interviewing and onboarding of Leaders into employment positions
  • Help Leaders in securing permanent employment with upward mobility
  • Maintain updated earnings information for alumni and input data into CRM, and prepare and present data monthly as needed for grant reporting
  • Coordinate resources and create opportunities for Leaders to obtain and receive supportive services such as housing and mental health care


  • Demonstrated passion and experience helping people understand and communicate their true value
  • Strong commitment to Christian faith
  • Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred, particularly in social work or a related field.
  • Experience in building, establishing, and maintaining effective relationships with people of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching/facilitating in small groups
  • Willingness to work collaboratively in a small team setting
  • Strong, intuitive communicator who is comfortable presenting to, and engaging with people of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Excellent organizational and data collection skills
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Professional experience with nonprofits or a significant track record of social sector volunteerism
  • High energy and positive attitude; shows passion for UpRise Nashville’s mission


  • Knowledge of and demonstrated outcomes assisting vulnerable populations with accessing suitable crisis management and/or social services/programs/resources
  • Ability to assist Leaders in accessing needed barrier-elimination resources/wrap-around services, i.e. housing instability; hunger prevention; 12-step and/or counseling resources, etc.

Additional Information


Full benefits, including life, medical and dental.

How to Apply

  1. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Carole Peterson, Executive Director, at carole@uprisenashville.org with “Career Coach” in the subject line.
  2. Initial applications will be reviewed and candidates will be invited for initial interviews via Zoom or Google Meet.
  3. Candidates who are under consideration after the initial online interview will come to the UpRise office  for additional interviews with members of the UpRise team.
  4. Hiring decisions will be made before February 13, 2023.


  • Date Posted: January 17, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 02/13/2023
  • Salary Range: 50,000-55,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk