Position: Uplift Coach
Immediate Report: Director of Coaching Services & Family Intervention
Job Supervision Duty: None
Fathers’ UpLift is the country’s first mental health and substance abuse treatment facility for fathers and families, helping fathers become and remain emotionally stable for their children. Fathers’ UpLift uses peer coaching, father-child therapy, training, youth programs, and support for incarcerated and recently released fathers to honor and rehabilitate the relationship between thousands of fathers and families in the Boston area. In their outpatient clinic, over 800 fathers and families receive mental health services from clinicians trained in trauma who reflect the population being served. Outside of the clinic, Fathers’ UpLift partners with community centers, substance abuse programs, and other agencies to build a holistic approach to helping fathers rebuild their lives and their relationship with their families.
About the Homecoming Program
Integral to our efforts with fathers re-entering society is our Fathers’ Homecoming program, where Fathers’ UpLift staff work with both incarcerated populations and program participants post-release. We meet our fathers at the prison gate, escort them to their homes, monitor their mental health, and assist in creating a pathway for success. With Fathers’ UpLift’s Fathers’ Homecoming Program, licensed staff, social workers, and coaches work with incarcerated fathers three months before their release. During this time, the fathers work on developing core skills and learning how to connect in healthy ways with family members in efforts to build relationships that are supportive and impactful in the hope that they have stronger bonds with their family and their community when they are released.
General Coach Duties
The following list of duties is intended only to describe the various types of work that may be performed and the level of the assignment’s technical complexity (s) and is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties. The omission of a specific duty statement does not exclude it from the position if the work is consistent with the classification concept or is similar or closely related to another duty statement.
- Carry a consistent caseload of 20-25 men. Coaches are responsible for supporting assigned men by identifying their needs and addressing those needs as they arise throughout their involvement in services.
- Complete the required assessments and re-evaluations in a timely and efficient manner.
- Coordinate and execute linkages to identified referrals.
- Aid with transportation and planning to ensure that the father gets to and from essential appointments.
- Conduct Therapeutic Transports: supporting fathers before their release, developing a plan before their release, and ensuring that transportation is coordinated/provided as soon as they are released.
- Maintain quality relationships with fathers within partner sites (local jails and sober homes) for 3-months before their release.
- Engage in research to identify resources, benefits, and opportunities to assist fathers with achieving their desired goals.
- Identify the moments where lived experience can be used as a tool to connect fathers to resources and opportunities that have been useful personally.
- Engage in data collection to assess fathers’ emotional progress, utilizing the Fathers’ Uplift Wellness Scale and any other instruments that are being used.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Interest and/or experience working with the Criminal Justice System
- Interest and/or experience working with incarcerated populations
- Experience working with SUD and Dual-Diagnosed populations
- Experience and/or interest in group facilitation