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Independent Living Coach

Denver, CO

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Entry Level
Full time
1 - 2 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree

Published on 28 Feb 2019

Expires on 28 Feb 2019

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Independent Living Coach


Independent Living Coach, Bridging the Gap




Working side-by-side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on the biggest, most complex issues facing Metro Denver. Our united approach changes the odds for the children, families, and individuals in our community, and moves them out of poverty. We do this because we believe every child has the right to a safe and stimulating place to learn, and that when every youth in Metro Denver graduates prepared for a career or college, our community is stronger. We also know that when people don't have their most basic needs met, longer-term goals, like finding financial stability, are out of reach. And when we work together, we make a lasting, sustainable impact on our community.



The Independent Living Coach (ILC) will employ a strengths-based approach to support young people ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness, and/or exiting the foster care system and Division of Youth Services. The ILC will provide one-on-one support, resources, and interventions to these emergent adults as they identify and access critical basic needs and services related to their transition to independent living, including the Family Unification Program (FUP) transitional housing voucher


  • Facilitate the development of both formal and informal supports for each of their participants. The ILC will engage young adults with programs, services and opportunities within the following four domains: personal growth including workforce and education, physical and mental health, financial health and social well-being and engagement.
  • Utilizing a trauma-informed coaching model, the ILC will support participants as they develop a vision of what they would like to achieve within the four domain areas. Through the co-creation of an independent living plan that supports the participants understanding and practice of behaviors and skills that can develop confidence, promote independence, and establish stability. The ILC will collaborate with and assist participants in learning the skills to advocate for themselves.
  • Connect young adults with opportunities to discover their strengths and interests and to explore pathways to education and employment. Provide guidance and hands on support related to employment, job readiness (resume writing, job leads, interviewing preparation, etc.) as well as high school graduation, GED completion and post-secondary pursuits (FAFSA, scholarships, applications, etc.).
  • Provide support, guidance, and intervention to participants as they navigate challenging situations with the goal of helping them anticipate and develop a plan to minimize the impact and prevent future challenges.
  • Build relationships with participants to support them as they identify, access and navigate systems designed to support their transition to living independently including obtaining medical coverage as well as forms of public assistance (TANF, SNAP, CCAP, bus passes, etc.).
  • Provide basic financial information to participants about earning money, spending it wisely, saving and investing so that they may maintain the sufficient economic resources to meet their daily needs.
  • Assist participants with the process of understanding, opening, and maximizing use of a savings account and a credit building account.
  • Coordinate with Bridging the Gap (BTG) staff on the planning, marketing/recruitment and implementation of BTG events and activities.
  • Responsible for documenting accurate participant information and activities in the database system, following client confidentiality, database security protocols and data integrity.
  • Provide support to participants in searching for and applying for housing.


  • Assist the Bridging the Gap Housing Coordinator in the completion of housing paperwork and required reporting by FUP/Section 8.
  • Harness the resources and connections of MHUW to assist youth in successfully moving toward independence (classes, workshops, connections to corporations and agency partners).



  • Masters in Social Work or,
    • Bachelors of Social Work or a Masters degree in Sociology, Psychology, Human Services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development with one (1) year of post-degree paid experience in social casework or, 
    • Bachelors of Arts or Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Psychology, Human services, Guidance and Counseling and/or Child Development, plus two (2) years of post-degree paid experience in social casework.


  • Experience working with the following sectors: school districts, juvenile justice, mental health, law enforcement and human service agencies, preferred.


  • Strong understanding of youth development factors
  • Strong ties and understanding of community resources
  • Strong case management skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creative and flexible nature
  • Basic computer skills, including
  • Must also successfully meet and maintain Mile High United Way's driving criteria.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Reliable transportation is required as you will be utilizing your own personal vehicle for visiting youth's homes and conducting coaching sessions in the community. You will be reimbursed for mileage


  •  50% of time in typical office environment, 50% traveling to outside meetings and inspections.

TO APPLY -  Please visit Mile High United Way Career Opportunties


This posting is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the position.

Mile High United Way is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants who have disabilities which hinder their ability to complete the application process.  Please contact us to request accommodation in the application process.

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