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Independent Living Coach

Advocates for Children
Cartersville, Georgia
$15 an hour plus benefits
Closing date
Nov 3, 2021
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SUMMARY: The Independent Living Coach will assist residents served by Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter (FBCS)and the RISE Rapid Rehousing program in becoming productive members of society by collaborating with community resources. The Independent Living Coach will teach residents basic life skills including but not limited to personal hygiene, social skills, organization, money management, time management, sex education, nutrition, fitness, and professional development. The Independent Living Coach will report to the Human Services Professional (HSP) of Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter and the Program Manager of RISE.


  • Maintain a caseload of all residents of Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter who are 14 or older and RISE clients.
  • Complete the Casey Life Skills Assessment with each FBCS resident to determine a baseline of acquired life skills and areas for improvement.
  • Develop an Individual Skills Plan for each resident to monitor progress in the program and for all goals related to Independent Living in the RISE Individual Service Plan (ISP).
  • Meet with each FBCS resident at least one hour per week and each RISE clients on a regular basis to develop life skills including but not limited to the areas of personal hygiene, social skills, organization, money management, medical/mental health care, transportation, housing basics, time management, sex education, nutrition, fitness, and professional development.
  • Facilitate a life skills group for FBCS clients weekly to foster continual development of life skills.
  • Document at least two efforts weekly that record the FBCS youth’s engagement in independent living skills development.
  • Document all services and meeting notes in Client Track, ensuring accuracy.
  • Work closely with RISE Case Manager and Program Manager to achieve stated program outcomes.
  • Partner with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Independent Living Specialist to ensure FBCS residents attend Independent Living Program (ILP) events offered by DFCS.
  • Coordinate experiential field trips to coincide with improving life skills.
  • Identify and provide service-learning opportunities for FBCS residents and RISE participants.
  • Assist eligible residents in obtaining employment in both programs.
  • Monitor eligible FBCS residents in managing finances and enrolling in DFCS’ Individual Development Accounts program.
  • Provide residents with transportation as needed for related appointments and meetings.
  • Facilitate a sex education program for FBCS residents.
  • Provide FBCS residents with opportunities to engage in healthy lifestyle including but not limited to fitness classes and nutritional education.
  • Complete monthly FBCS Independent Living Program summaries to submit to each resident’s DFCS case manager and the ILP coordinator.
  • Utilize Paychex Flex Portal as the only method to view schedule, timeclock punches, and request time-off. 
  • Complete annual training requirements to meet all governing body requirements.
  • Assure confidentiality of information related to clients, personnel, and other information of confidential nature.
  • Maintain the quality of the program by participating in organizational Performance Quality Improvement.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Not Applicable


  • High school diploma required with four years of paid experience working with youth OR Bachelor’s degree in related field with two years of paid experience working with youth.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen.
  • Proficient written and oral skills.
  • Basic Word Processing knowledge is required.




  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethics; Upholds organizational values.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.


  • Occasionally required to stand
  • Occasionally required to walk
  • Frequently required to sit
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Continually required to talk or hear
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions
  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 25 pounds / frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds / continually lift and/or move up to 10 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include:
    • Close vision; Distance vision; Color vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to drive a personal vehicle.


Advocates for Children provides services to children and families who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. We also offer multiple layers of personal care through an array of programs to reduce the incidence of child abuse. Advocates serves 11 Northwest Georgia counties offering safety, comfort, and hope to over 8000 children, youth, and adults every year.

Our Mission

Strengthening our community through education, advocacy, and prevention, empowering families to be free from child abuse.

Our Vision

Every family in our community is building a life where they are safe, thriving, and loved.

Our Values

Service- We provide quality and excellence in all we do.
Love- We serve our families, children, and youth with care and passion.
Integrity– We work to build relationships built on trust and mutual respect.
Hope – We believe our clients can be more than they are today.

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49 Monroe Crossing
United States
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