JOB OPENING: Family Coach at Dunamis Synergy

Dunamis Synergy is a new initiative to support expectant and parenting teens and students ages 15-24 years old, and their children, as they strive together to achieve their educational potential and establish a legacy of prosperity that passes from one generation to the next.

Dunamis Synergy comprehensive two generation service model, will complement and leverage existing efforts to address the needs of Rhode Island families and increase college access, persistence, and completion in the state. West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is seeking Full Time Family Coaches who will work directly with expectant and parenting teens, students, and their families.


Essential Functions:

  • Assess current needs and use of resources among expectant and parenting teens and students.
  • Provide counseling to expectant and parenting teens on matters related to gaining access to postsecondary.
  • Support expectant and parenting teens transition into postsecondary
  • Provide referrals and empower students to leverage existing resources at the institutions of higher education and within the community
  • Assess, understand, and document situational, dispositional and situational barriers that prevent students and persistence in postsecondary
  • Empower individuals to identify and gain access to resources to meet their and their family's specific needs and goals.
  • Develop and maintain client case records, plans and reports; compile data for statistical purposes.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.

  • Bachelor's degree in human services, education or related field
  • Experience in direct service with adolescents or young adults
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance required.
  • Previous lived experience as a young parent or parenting secondary or post-secondary student is strongly desired.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to satisfactorily perform essential duties.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • High level of interpersonal skills and excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to utilize personal experiences to enhance support to families while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Knowledge of public education system, community resources and higher education preferred.
  • Bilingual skills are strongly desired.
  • Ability to effectively work independently and in collaboration with multiple staff and partners.
  • Ability to logically resolve problem situations and develop alternative solutions when faced with obstacles
  • Must possess the ability to multitask and prioritize time and activities.
  • Must be organized and effectively manage time and commitments.


Send your resume and a cover letter describing your qualifications via email to Maria Carvalho at Please include “Dunamis Synergy Family Coach” in the e-mail subject line.

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind. WEHDC is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in Rhode Island

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