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High School Career Coach

High School Career Coach at Youth Opportunities Unlimited

  • Reports to: Program Manager
  • Start Date: June 2017
  • Type: Fulltime, exempt. Work outside normal business hours may be required at times. Must have a flexible schedule to meet student and program needs.

Since 1982, over 150,000 youth have been helped with Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) programs. Y.O.U. helps teens and young adults, ages 14-24 living in economically distressed communities succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways.  We offer school-based and community-based programs designed to meet the needs of Northeast Ohio employers, with a focus on those industry sectors that provide the most opportunities for career success.  At Y.O.U., we are dedicated to excellence and continuous improvement of the quality of our services to youth, employers, and the community. 

We are deeply committed to providing services in Northeast Ohio through:

  • Equal Access to Opportunities – Teens and young adults living in economically distressed communities deserve support in confronting barriers to success.
  • Collaboration – We can accomplish more when we form mutually beneficial partnerships across sectors to deliver an effective continuum of services.
  • Excellence & Continuous Improvement – Evidence-based practices guide our actions and delivery of quality services to youth and employers.

Position Overview

We are currently looking for a High School Career Coach who shares our vision. This unique role will be responsible for implementing and administering the JOG (Jobs for Ohio Graduates) program in one of our partner schools in Oberlin, Lorain, or Cleveland. JOG’s curriculum emphasize the development of soft skills and credited for graduates’ successful placement, retention, and advancement in the workplace. This person will take full ownership of delivering the curriculum based JOG program, which includes teaching the classes, monitoring and mentoring current students in the program, and submitting grades to school administration. This position will also be responsible for recruiting and enrolling future students. The High School Career Coach creates lasting impressions on youth in the community and assists with pushing them forward to meet their future academic and career goals.


  • Education:
    • BA/BS in Education or Social Services required from an accredited college or university.
    • Teaching Certification or Provisional Teaching License from the State of Ohio Department of Education a plus.
  • Requirements:
    • Must have experience teaching high-school students. Experience working with at-risk students highly preferred.
    • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office programs and have experience with databases, spreadsheets, and word processing.
    • Must have valid transportation to/from school of work, Y.O.U. office, and potentially other JOG sites.
    • Must have some experience case management environment (i.e., developing, implementing, monitoring and tracking individualized client service plans).
    • Experience in the non-profit industry a plus, especially in government funded organizations with strong adherence to compliance regulation standards.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Belief and commitment to Y.O.U’s mission, vision, and values.
    • Knowledge of principles, theories, methods, techniques, and strategies pertaining to teaching and instruction of high school students.
    • Knowledge of behavior management and behavior shaping strategies, techniques and methods, and conflict resolution procedures.
    • Ability to work in a results oriented and data driven environment.
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once.
    • Enthusiastic, flexible, adaptable, and possess a positive attitude.
    • Detail-oriented, acute accuracy, and proven organizational skills.
    • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress.


  • Effectively deliver the JOG curriculum by utilizing instructional program guidelines and other materials in planning/developing lesson plans and teaching outlines.
  • Pursues a variety of methodology in teaching including lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, and creative experiences.
  • Document and ensure all youth have completed required community service goals.
  • Assist youth in finalizing career plans by the close of the school year.
  • Recruit, enroll, and develop youth for future JOG program courses.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with youth throughout the year. Support and mentor youth during the year and for up to one year after completing the programs.
  • Maintain and update the system database regarding program data and student information for analysis.
  • Mentor, coach, and support all students as needed.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures as outlined by Y.O.U. and at partner school where programming will be administered.
  • Work closely with school counselors to ensure student progress toward graduation.
  • Participate in school activities.
  • Other duties as assigned and required.


  • Salary will commensurate with experience.
  • Engaged staff centered on Y.O.U. mission and vision.
  • Medical, dental, vision, retirement, and long and short term disability benefits.
  • Generous paid time off policy.
  • Office is located in the heart of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square district. Majority of time will be spent at partner school. Monthly mileage reimbursements available.


All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. 

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