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Hiring: Project REACH Career Mentor


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The FUTURE PLANS project is focused on helping youth and adults in Appalachia discover their best self and growing the economic prosperity of the region. We believe the catalyst for leading a fulfilling life lies in discovering our purpose and direction through learning what we have to offer to the world and finding how we best fit into the world. Project REACH is part of the Future Plans initiative.

The primary purpose of Project REACH (Recovery to Employment via Assessment and Coaching, Holistically) is to strengthen the recovery ecosystem in each of the three service counties (Jackson, Pike, Scioto Counties, Ohio) by facilitating workforce entry or re-entry for those in SUD recovery who are also navigating the legal/justice system. The goal of the project is to create a smoother pathway between recovery/incarceration back into the workforce community, by providing transitional workforce support to both participants and employers.


To help us live our mission and help build our communities, we are looking for individuals with a desire to positively impact the lives of students and jobseekers of all ages and stages of their lives.

Purpose of Position – Project REACH Career Mentor

The purpose of Grit Project REACH Career Mentors is to meet the adult population where they are (overseeing pilot projects, partner agency referrals, etc.). The Project REACH Career Mentor will help the adult client grow through a process of utilizing FP assessment and local partner resources, to improve their overall career path and financial sufficiency (growth measured in yearly salary increase). This position will assist the FUTURE PLANS Special Population Outreach in community efforts to help all adult populations. The expectation of this position is to oversee pilot projects in assigned counties, visit local systems which impact adults requiring additional support, and participate in building a holistic approach to care for the client.

Position Duties

  • Collaborate with local partners to implement FP career assessment to help the adult population grow everyone’s career path towards an in-demand job or higher financial rewards (self-sufficiency).
  • Coordinate and complete career coaching with clients who complete the assessment to help create an individual career plan and create referrals as needed.
  • Maintain data in the FP dashboard and/or other client data monitoring platforms to monitor career readiness status of all clients (as assigned).
  • Coordinate the transition of follow-up information of associated client’s information.
  • Assist partnering agencies on the use of FP data for clients when developing an educational plan and/or career plan to help the client balance their overall wellbeing.
  • Collaborate with FP Community Liaisons and Grit Project Managers on all projects.
  • Provide mentoring and guidance to the FP Work Experience Program Adults when assigned.
  • Support the employment needs of the county business community by supporting the FP Special Populations Outreach.
  • Collaborate with the FP Special Populations Outreach, the local libraries, and Ohio Means Jobs office to develop and facilitate county workshops related to career exploration and coaching, coordinate local marketing efforts, scheduling, and participant communications.
  • Serve as program representative on assigned community committees such as drug coalition, recovery, and court initiatives. This can be in collaboration with FP Special Populations Outreach.
  • Identify local success stories for the purpose of developing video testimonials and local press coverage.
  • Be knowledgeable and maintain relationships with local community colleges and workforce training programs such as apprenticeships for client referrals.
  • Maintain positive community relationships as a representative of FP.
  • Any other duties and responsibilities as assigned by Project REACH Manager and Special Populations Outreach.


  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate and work effectively with a diverse range of people and formal organizations.
  • Ability to build effective relationships and consensus through effective collaboration.
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to think in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Must have a reliable automobile, valid driver’s license and minimum state required liability auto insurance.
  • Complete Ohio’s Criminal Background Check

Job type

  • Full-time
  • Schedule, Monday–Friday, including summer months.
  • Some weekend and/or evening availability
  • Position requires travel as needed and as approved by Project REACH Manager


  • Preference given to those with experience working professionally as a Case Manager, Career Coordinator and/or Peer Recovery Supporter.
  • Preference given to those with extensive experience and knowledge of working in the community with the local population. This experience could be as a community volunteer, school volunteer, civic leader, or other community involvement.
  • Must have experience working one on one with individuals.
  • Must be willing to complete required training for position within the first 90 days of hire.
  • Must be proficient in using technology such as Microsoft Office or Google Docs.

These qualifications are guidelines. Other combinations of education and experience which could provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the job will be considered for potential to hire.


This position is a field position focused on Pike County, Ohio and offers the opportunity to work from home as well as from partner locations.


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