Life Skills Coach

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EMPLOYMENT STATUS:                 Full-time

FLSA STATUS:                                   Exempt

REPORTS TO:                                    CUA Intervention Supervisor




The Life Skills Coach provides home and community life skills education and intervention services to children, youth, and their caregivers toward ensuring family stabilization, reunification, or other permanency.  The coach as an essential component of the CUA case management team assists in achieving the objectives as established in the family’s case plan.  The life skills coach assesses the need of assigned youth related to life skills via program tools and procedures including the Casey Life Skills Assessment (CLSA).   The coach will also develop and implement plans with measurable goals and objectives based on the CLSA and other tools, with priority goals in all aspects of life skills. Regular travel required. The Life Skill Coach is expected to recognize when an individual is in a crisis and be able to utilize the appropriate incident management protocol.



Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field, but not limited to sociology, psychology, counseling, criminal justice, education, divinity or public health administration.



Two (2) years or more experience working in social service, education, health care or related.



  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Familiarity with the dynamics of diverse populations in low income areas.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to set priorities in critical situations.
  • Culturally sensitive to the needs and diversities of multi-cultural communities.
  • Knowledge of community resources.
  • Practices good customer service skills in all working relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, respectful and courteous nature
  • Knowledge of social services, child welfare and family systems services
  • Able to work independently, demonstrating good judgment and prioritizing.
  • Must be accurate and detailed oriented.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.




  • Valid driver’s license and ability to use own vehicle when other means of transportation is not available.
  • Must be free from any communicable/infectious diseases.
  • Provide a valid PA child abuse clearance, FBI check and Criminal Background Check.



The Life Skills Coach plays a critical role in the overall success of intervention services to children and youth. As “natural role models”, staff must have the following personal qualifications to perform this job successfully: 1) ability to work well within a team setting, reliability, flexibility, interpersonal sensitivity (objective awareness of others, tactful interaction, ease in establishing limits) insight and the ability to articulate it;  good judgments, including the ability to evaluate, make decisions that are in the best interest of the individual and the goals according to their single case plan.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • Completes Casey Life Skills Assessment for all youth 12 years old and up.
  • Submit and track referral to Achieving Independence Center.
  • Complete and track board extensions for older transitioning youth.
  • Supervise visits as needed.
  • Develops goals and objectives prioritizing goals in daily living skills, self-care skills, relationship and communication skills, housing and money management, work and study skills, and career and education planning.
  • Utilizes a strengths-based resiliency model of practice, using the program tools and relationship to identify and build on the youth’s strengths.
  • Assist with resolving conflicts, community integration; assist individuals with interaction in community activities of their choice.
  • Coordinate application and delivery for concrete goods and needs.
  • Teach Relationship Building Skills, Self-management (in Health and Behavior Management, Problem Solving Skills and how to Manage Money).
  • Engages resources and birth parents in youth’s life skills goals and lessons to build their commitment and ability to enhance and facilitate the life skills taught, supporting family plan efforts toward reunification and permanency.
  • Facilitate individual and group sessions with youth to teach and enhance life skills and self-esteem, using homework assignments to promote active practice of life skills and day to day learning.
  • Accompanies and assists youth on life skills outings, to the bank, on the bus, job interviews, and in basic living skills.
  • Works in collaboration with the CUA case manager and all other team members.
  • Maintains documentation of all client sessions and contacts in program database, with strict adherence to specified timelines.
  • Transports youth and families, as necessary.
  • Provides flexible schedules as needed to accommodate family and children’s schedules.
  • Participates in case with other team members.
  • Complete other duties as assigned by supervisor.



Adaptability              Customer/Client Service & Support        Planning & Organizing

Communication       Creative                                                    Influencing/Negotiation Skills


PHYSICAL DEMANDS (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, to drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.


Interested candidates may apply online or send a resume with letter of interest to: 

Sheila Brown, Human Resources Generalist, email: sheila.brown @


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