Colorado Nonprofit Association

Program Advisor

For more than 35 years, Project Self-Sufficiency has been cultivating the grit and determination needed for a lifetime of achievements for single parents and their children. We are seeking to fill the important role of Advisor. The perfect candidate will bring unique experience and strengths to our team to drive innovation and expansion, ensuring that more single parents can have the opportunities and supports they need to accomplish education goals while raising their kids by themselves. Candidates with different levels of experience are encouraged to apply. We are seeking to hire the right candidate for our mission, vision, values, and team. 

The Advisor reports to the Program Director and will be a member of the organization’s Program Team. This position requires the ability to work effectively with low-income, single parents on goal setting, career and personal planning, and problem solving. Communication and collaboration are essential to success in the position, both internally with participants and colleagues, and externally with businesses, educational institutions, and community and government organizations.  

Our team is innovative, tenacious, and strong – qualities that enable us to stay on track to achieve big goals and objectives. And perhaps, most importantly, we like to laugh and have fun along the way.  

Job Title: Advisor I-IV

FLSA Classification: Non-exempt

Employment Status: Regular, Full time. Hybrid consists of in-office time, off-site meetings with participants and partnering agencies, and some remote work.

Wage Range: $21.55 – $32.80 per hour

Work Hours: 36 hours per week, with occasional nights/weekends for required events

Supervisor: Program Director

Summary: The Advisor is a member of the program team and provides direct service to single parents enrolled in Project Self-Sufficiency’s Selfpower Model. This position requires the ability to work effectively with diverse, low-income, single-parent families to set goals and build resources in 15 key areas measured on our Self-Sufficiency Matrix, with the ultimate objective of completion of education and career goals leading to living wage employment. The Advisor will also participate in the pre-screening process, selecting applicants who display readiness and commitment to the Selfpower Model. 

General Responsibilities:

Case management, motivational support, and solution-focused interventions 

Detailed documentation of case management progress and daily activities in a computer database environment  

Outreach and referrals to community resources based on applicant and participant needs while remaining current of new and changing resources. Collaborate with referral partnerships and partner agencies to provide exceptional support for participants 

Assess applicant program readiness and accomplish program participant goals and targets 

Administer career exploration activities, and assist in narrowing career choices for the participant 

Provide academic support in the areas of financial aid, academic planning, and scholarship support; provide employment services, including assistance with job searches, resume and cover letter development, and interview preparation 

Participate as required in Donor and Volunteer Appreciation events, fundraising events, and participant celebratory events 

Minimum Qualifications Based on Advisor Level:

Ability to provide case management: referrals, continual communication with participant, and use of internal and external resources  

Counseling skills, rapport building, active listening, critical thinking, and solution-focused problem solving and interventions  

Experience in stabilizing low-income families 

Ability to assess applicant and participant needs and utilize advocacy skills 

Ability to source community resources and make appropriate referrals  

Goal Setting and use of SMART goals, Action Plan development, and assistance in aiding participants overcome obstacles 

Administration and interpretation of career assessments  

Ability to learn about and provide academic support 

Ability to accomplish program participant goals and targets 

Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills  

Ability to be a high influencer of the Selfpower model with partner and referral agencies and the public 

Project management and execution with many, multiple competing priorities  

Proficiency in software including O365, Salesforce, Calendly, virtual meeting platforms  

Knowledge and Skills: 

Advisor I –

Ability to provide case management: referrals, continual communication with participant, and use of internal and external resources  

Counseling skills, rapport building, active listening, critical thinking, and solution-focused problem solving and interventions  

Experience in stabilizing low-income families 

Ability to assess applicant and participant needs and utilize advocacy skills 

Ability to source community resources and make appropriate referrals  

Goal Setting and use of SMART goals, Action Plan development, and assistance in aiding participants overcome obstacles 

Administration and interpretation of career assessments  

Ability to learn about and provide academic support 

Ability to accomplish program participant goals and targets 

Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills 

Ability to be a high influencer of the Selfpower model with partner and referral agencies and the public 

Project management and execution with many, multiple competing priorities  

Proficiency in software including O365, Salesforce, Calendly, virtual meeting platforms 

Advisor II –

Advisor I Knowledge and Skills  

Experienced in Case Management 

Practitioner of Motivational Interviewing/support techniques  

Advanced Career Counseling experience, including career assessments, career exploration, and job skills development 

Academic Planning/assistance experience 

Trauma Informed Care  

Advisor III –

Advisor II Knowledge and Skills  

Advanced in Case Management, Career Counseling, and Academic Planning/assistance 

Demonstrated ability to mentor 

Expertise in a defined area such as Career Counseling, Academic Planning, Resource Development, Trauma, Parenting Skills, etc.  

Advisor IV –

Advisor III Knowledge and Skills  

Expertise in Case Management, Career Counseling, and Academic Planning/assistance 

Current licensure: LCSW, LPC, LMFT  

Supervision of other staff for licensure 

Education and Experience:

Advisor I: Bachelor’s degree in Human Service field and 0-3 years of related experience. Relevant client direct case management experience may be substituted for the education on a case-by-case basis.  

Advisor II: Bachelor’s degree in Human Service field and 3+ years related experience, knowledge and skills or Master’s degree in Human Service field and less than three years related experience, knowledge and skills. Relevant client direct case management experience may be substituted for the education on a case-by-case basis.  

Advisor III: Bachelor’s degree in Human Service field with 7+ years related experience, and/or Master’s Degree with certifications/licensure and 3+ related experience, knowledge and skills. Relevant client direct case management experience may be substituted for the education on a case-by-case basis.  

Advisor IV: Current LCSW, LPC, LMFT licensure with 3+ years of related experience. 

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

Ability to travel frequently to various meetings and event locations  

Ability to lift 50 lbs. for event and office supply movement and transport