Job Coach Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Job Coach, or Job Advisor, is responsible for helping employees develop professional plans for growth within their current job position. Their duties include meeting with professionals to discuss their goals, concerns and long-term aspirations, developing individual improvement plans for each professional and composing reports to highlight a professional’s improvements or setbacks.

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Job Coach duties and responsibilities

As a Job Coach, regular interaction with employees is to be expected. It will be important to build relationships to learn where there are professional gaps and where employees have skills to offer employers. Motivating employees is another important part of the job, as is helping employees learn to navigate the social aspects of the workplace. An experienced, qualified Job Coach is able to:

  • Plan and implement a job coaching strategy with multiple employees
  • Assess the professional strengths and weaknesses of employees
  • Discover what motivates employees and assist them in utilizing that motivation in the workplace
  • Present skills to aid people in job searches
  • Assist employees with disabilities in learning and excelling in their job functions
  • Create and update records and reports on progress

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Example 1

We are looking for an outgoing caring individual to join our rapidly growing department. The candidate must be outgoing and self motivated and be able to provide job coaching to individuals at their job sites throughout Onondaga County and surrounding counties, connect with employers when job developing and various other job development services including but not limited to assessments & trainings. Knowledge of OPWDD, ACCES-VR, SEMP, ETP & Pre Vocational services a plus as well as Proficiency in Microsoft word. Valid drivers' license and a reliable vehicle a must. Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Pay: $16.50 per hour Benefits: * 401(k) * Dental insurance * Flexible schedule * Health insurance * Life insurance * Paid time off * Retirement plan * Vision insurance Education: * High school or equivalent (Preferred) * Driver's License (Required) Work Location: Multiple Locations

Example 2

_Job Coach/Employment Specialist _ At Arrowhead Community Employment (A.C.E.), we want to give people with disabilities the opportunity to shine in their community. We help people explore their gifts, skills, and interests; we help them develop those gifts, skills and interests as well as explore career opportunities that fit their interests; and after they've found their desired job, we'll continue to support in whatever way is necessary. Our goal is to help people discover their worth to society, support and encourage them in their development, and open the door for them to thrive in their community. *The role of a Job Coach: *
  • Transport person(s) to and from house, job site, community activity site
  • Perform necessary training before working and annually
  • Assist person(s) at their job site or community activity site
  • Document shift notes on a daily basis
  • Communicate changes, progress and updates with supervisor on a weekly basis and as needed.
  • Any other tasks and that are given to you by your supervisor. *Education and skills needed: *
  • Education in social work or psychology is preferred
  • Training in mental health and first aid are preferred
  • Experience working with adults who have cognitive disabilities preferred
  • Ability to be flexible with day-to-day tasks and objectives
  • Must have valid driver's license
  • Must have clean driving record
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must have working vehicle
  • Must have active insurance on vehicle
  • Basic computer skills
  • Basic phone skills *Starting wage*: $18 per hour *Benefits: *Health, Dental and Life *Signing bonus*: $500 $250 will be paid up front and the other $250 will be paid after 6 months of employment *Hours per week*: 20-30 hours Submit your resume and someone will contact you for a phone interview.' ' Work Remotely * No Job Types: Full-time, Part-time Pay: $18.00 per hour Benefits: * Dental insurance * Health insurance * Life insurance Schedule: * Day shift * Monday to Friday Supplemental Pay: * Bonus pay * Signing bonus Application Question(s): * What is your availability? * Please attach 2-3 references Education: * High school or equivalent (Required) Experience: * job coaching/direct support: 1 year (Preferred) Work Location: Multiple Locations
  • Example 3

    *The Center of Hope Foundation, Inc., a non-profit serving adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is seeking a Culinary Job Coach to join its Vocational Team.* *Job Coaches are responsible for teaching a variety of work skills, in a variety of settings. Job Coaches must model good work ethics, including professionalism, reliability, honesty, punctuality and attention to detail. * *The Agency is offering a $500 sign on bonus after 90 days, pending a favorable review.* *The agency conducts pre-employment drug testing, physical and background checks. A Valid Driver's License is preferred.* *Direct Deposit is also required.* *The Agency is an EEO/AA employer.* Job Type: Full-time Pay: From $14.50 per hour Benefits: * Dental insurance * Health insurance * Paid time off * Tuition reimbursement * Vision insurance Schedule: * Day shift * Monday to Friday Supplemental Pay: * Signing bonus COVID-19 considerations: Center of Hope Foundation is following all CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19 and the use of PPE. Ability to commute/relocate: * Southbridge, MA: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred) Education: * High school or equivalent (Preferred) * Driver's License (Preferred) Shift availability: * Day Shift (Required) Work Location: Multiple Locations

    Example 4

    _Employment Specialist/Job Coach _ *Job Summary* Provide assistance to individuals with disabilities who are working or searching for employment. Assist with building resumes, submitting applications and following up, interviews, working directly with employers in the community, advocating for clients, assist with orientation at the job site, provide training support and follow-up to help them maintain the job. Training will be provided. *Responsibilities and Duties* Looking for someone who is responsible, motivated, has a positive attitude, is willing to learn, and enjoys helping people. Basic computer skills and typing reports are required but can be worked around your schedule. Days and hours are flexible. Pay DOE. *Qualifications and Skills* Desire to work with individuals with disabilities Good verbal and written communication skills Basic computer skills Must pass background check Have a reliable vehicle and drivers license Job Type: Part-time Pay: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour Benefits: * Flexible schedule * Retirement plan Supplemental Pay: * Bonus pay Education: * High school or equivalent (Preferred) * Driver's License (Required) Shift availability: * Day Shift (Preferred) * Night Shift (Preferred) Work Location: Multiple Locations

    Example 5

    Sagebrush, Inc. is looking to hire a inthesatic person to work with adults with disabilities. Sagebrush is a adults with disability program that teaches individuals how to function on jobs and daily living skills. This position will be working beside the individuals taking them around to different jobs assisting them to get the jobs done. OSBI background checks in required, and random drug testing is done. Training is required but provided. Paper applications can be picked up at Sagebrush, Inc. 101 W. Greer Sayre, OK 580-928-5715 Job Type: Full-time Pay: $9.50 - $10.00 per hour Benefits: * 401(k) * Health insurance * Paid time off * Retirement plan Schedule: * 8 hour shift * Monday to Friday * Weekend availability Ability to commute/relocate: * Sayre, OK 73662: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred) Education: * High school or equivalent (Required) * Driver's License (Required) Shift availability: * Day Shift (Required) Work Location: One location

    Example 6

    Goodwill Industries of NW Ohio’s mission is to assist individuals with barriers to employment become self-sufficient through employment training and opportunities. Goodwill is actively seeking to fill a part-time Job Coach position to be primarily located in the Toledo, OH area. The major responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: * Assisting clients with job readiness activities and job skills training hours if necessary. * Work cooperatively with all employers and professional staff toward achieving the work experience need of the clients. * Complete daily-required documentation and reports on client participation and accountability * Work one on one at a Goodwill facility, or in the community at a company or business, aiding consumer in job readiness activities. * Learn the job tasks, train the consumer, and assess performance. * Perform task analysis to determine training sequence and performance benchmarks. * Observe the consumer’s work behavior, interaction with associates, take notation, and compose a report documenting over-all performance, needs, limitations, and strengths. * Type detailed and relevant case notes for each day working with the consumer, and turn case notes in on time. * Treat the consumer with the highest level of professional and ethical behavior, maintaining confidentiality, healthy boundaries, and acting at all times as a good role model. * Other duties as assigned by supervisor. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent training/experience, 5 years of experience in a combination of job placement, personnel or other applicable experience, and knowledge of various barriers to employment. Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide own transportation. Job Type: Part-time Pay: $13.00 per hour Experience: * similar work: 3 years (Preferred) * Driver's License (Preferred) Work Location: Multiple Locations

    What does a Job Coach do?

    Job Coaches typically work for corporations or as self-employed individuals to provide professional support to employees in various job positions. They work closely with employees and Managers to identify areas for improvement or training needs. Their job is to develop professional relationships with employees and provide encouragement for them to enhance their job performance. They may also be responsible for coordinating group training sessions if multiple employees need to improve in similar areas.

    Job Coach skills and qualifications

    Many soft skills that are learned in other areas of life and in other professions translate well to the role of Job Coach. Communication and working well with other people are two of the most important skills a Job Coach can have because of the routine interaction with employees. Skills and qualifications of a Job Coach include:

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
    • Strong problem-solving and time-management skills
    • Ability to stay organized when dealing with multiple employees simultaneously
    • Prior experience working with people with disabilities
    • Upbeat, motivational attitude

    Job Coach salary expectations

    The average salary for a Job Coach is $15.79 per hour or $32,989 per year. This estimate is based on 1,159 Career Coach salaries submitted anonymously by employees and users and gathered from past and present Indeed job postings over the past 36 months. The average tenure for a Job Coach is one to three years.

    Job Coach education and training requirements

    A Job Coach should have at least a high school diploma. A bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences is a plus. There are some Job Coach certification courses that can provide additional training to help prepare you for a role as a Job Coach and help you hone your soft skills.

    Job Coach experience requirements

    Prior experience as a Job Coach is a plus for anyone looking to be hired as a Job Coach at a company. However, for someone looking to make a move into a Job Coach role, experience working on employee reports is desirable, as is delivering progress reports to company stakeholders. Because a Job Coach may work with employees with disabilities, previous experience is also a plus. Any previous roles in which mentoring other employees was a major part of the job functions is helpful as well because that type of skill translates well to the role of Job Coach.

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    Frequently asked questions about Job Coaches


    What is the difference between a Job Coach and a Career Counselor?

    The difference between a Job Coach and a Career Counselor is that Job Coaches focus on current improvements. In contrast, Career Counselors emphasis on long-term career goals throughout a person’s professional life. For example, Job Coaches speak with professionals to determine their progress in their current job position. In contrast, Career Counselors meet with professionals to help them identify a plan for career development including potential job positions, education and skill sets they’ll need to succeed in their desired industry. 


    What are the daily duties of a Job Coach?

    On a typical day, a Job Coach starts by reviewing their schedule for appointments with company employees. Before each meeting, they review the employee’s performance file and contact their Manager or Supervisor to determine their progress or setbacks since the last meeting. They create notes and come up with questions to ask based on their findings. Throughout the day, they meet with employees to ask how they feel about their job, identify new goals to reach provide them with constructive criticism and praise from their Manager. 

    They may also use this time to help them apply for training programs or certification courses to help them reach their professional goals within their job position. After each meeting, they write a report outlining what they discussed, how they feel, and what goals they created for them to reach before the next meeting. They email the completed document to the employee and their Manager for them to review.


    What qualities make a good Job Coach?

    A good Job Coach has a personable nature allowing them to make meaningful professional connections with each employee they help. Job Coaches also need excellent interpersonal communication to communicate effectively between Managers and employees from different departments, professional backgrounds or personalities. They demonstrate a love of learning, which enables them to research various job positions to provide the best support to employees. Further, a good Job Coach also has experience working with people who have physical or mental disabilities. This is important to help those with specialized needs to achieve their job goals.


    Who does a Job Coach report to?

    A Job Coach typically reports to the HR Manager and may perform their role as a member of the HR department. In larger corporations, Job Coaches may report to the Employee Development Manager as a part of the development team to improve employee training and career development initiatives.

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