Employment Success Coach

Career Pathways · Saint Paul, Minnesota
Department Career Pathways
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation 45k - 48k, Depending on qualifications

Help Youth and Young Adults Find Their Purpose

Tree Trust’s mission is to transform lives and landscapes by engaging people to build skills for meaningful careers, inspiring people to plant trees, and making our community a greener, healthier place to live. 

At Tree Trust we focus on pathways to careers for youth and young adults facing barriers to employment, on planting trees to grow a vibrant and resilient urban forest, and on collaborative partnerships – with each other, with our community partners, and with the people we serve.  We do this through three divisions: Career Pathways, Community Forestry, and Landscape Services. This position is located at our main office where our company administration, Career Pathways programs, and Community Forestry divisions operate. 

Tree Trust was created in 1976 to address two problems in the Twin Cities: the devastation of Dutch elm disease to the urban tree canopy and the high unemployment and poverty rates for youth and adults at the time.  Tree Trust began combating these two issues by hiring unemployed individuals and training them to plant trees and reforest the Twin Cities urban landscape.  Since then, Tree Trust has expanded to offer integrated employment training, case management, community forestry, and environmental education programs.


Reporting directly to the Career Pathways Director, the Employment Success Coach, in both a consultative and direct engagement capacity, and in collaboration with relevant program and support staff, acts as the center of excellence in developing and delivering strategy, process, and policy in support of participant recruitment, engagement, supervision, and employment.

What You Will Get from This Role:

  • Collaborative, supportive, and productive yet fun work culture. In a recent employee survey over 97% of respondents reported that "my supervisor sets a good example at work,” “I am encouraged to participate in solving problems at work,” and “I understand how the work I do aligns with Tree Trust’s mission.”
  • Opportunity to work with a mission driven team, with supportive leadership, while also having appropriate autonomy and freedom to make decisions, create processes and systems, and take initiative and ownership.
  • Excellent benefits package includes Vacation, Sick, 10 paid holidays, 401(k), 3 Health Insurance options, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Voluntary additional life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Disability, and an FSA

Tree Trust actively seeks to build a staff that reflects the diversity of the population and community it serves, and that’s why we strongly encourage people of color to apply. 

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Essential Functions:

Participant Recruitment

  • Bring more participants to our programs. Help us serve more people.
  • Identify, develop, and update a base of contacts in the community who will provide referrals for youth and young adults to Tree Trust’s Career Pathways programs.
  • Develop and implement effective recruitment strategies to identify and obtain applications from youth and young adults who are suitable for Tree Trust program offerings.
  • Work with Program Managers to ensure open communication regarding goals for recruitment and intake process for potential youth and young adult participants.
  • Process participant applications to assess eligibility and refer applicants to appropriate programs.
  • Direct the development, implementation, measurement, and evaluation of effective recruitment strategies to identify and obtain applications from disconnected, out of school, and underrepresented youth and young adults who are suitable for Tree Trust program offerings.
  • Evaluate recruitment methods for participants to ensure the activities meet specified objectives.
  • Utilize CRM to gather, input, track, and report on recruitment data.

Participant Engagement

  • In a consultative role, responsible for investigating and influencing participant engagement in our programs, decreasing behavioral and other barriers to continued participation, thereby getting more participants to successful completion of the program and post program employment or further education.
  • Supports, mentors, teaches, develops, and encourages participants through input to program development, coaching staff on engagement with participants, and one-to-one and group relationships with participants.
  • Actively engages in participant behavior challenges and interventions in collaboration with program staff and Human Resources.
  • Act as an advisor and consultant on culturally relevant programming and curriculum.
  • Provide individual and group support to participants in the areas of discipline, decision-making, conflict resolution, self-esteem, goal setting, coping strategies and goal achievement.


Participant Employment

  • Evaluate internship host site and employment partner participant placement methods and advise on strategy and process development to ensure the activities meet specified objectives.
  • Identify and design strategies to remove barriers to participants moving into employment after program completion and retaining that employment after hire.

Participant Service Requirements

  • Provide culturally relevant service to participants with all types of employment barriers, including participants with varied ability including Autism, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, trauma, experience with the criminal justice system and substance abuse issues.
  • Develop trusting relationships with participants and express constructive ideas to educate and help the participant through difficult situations.
  • Communicate with participants and families under sometimes stressful circumstances.
  • Set appropriate boundaries with participants, staying focused on service goals.
  • Respond to crisis situations with composure and empathy.


Qualifications/Skills Required:

  • 2 years of a combination of education and/or experience in:
    • outreach to and mental/emotional/motivational support of underserved and under-represented youth and young adults, and
    • developing strong community relationships that achieved successful employment, academic, social, or emotional outcomes for young people.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and web-based applications.
  • Reliable personal transportation and a valid driver’s license with the ability to travel within the metro area regularly.
  • 3 years driving history post license.
  • Ability to pass a criminal & motor vehicle background check.


Work Environment:  Indoor office environment; frequent visits to outdoor and indoor participant worksites; frequent visits to community locations and events.

Physical demands:  Lifting and carrying up to 25lbs. Reach with hands and arms. Standing or sitting for long periods of time. Significant screen viewing and keyboarding/typing time, repetitive movement of hands and fingers. Constantly required to communicate with ability to talk and hear.

If you are unable to submit your resume due to a disability, contact hr@treetrust.org or 952-767-3918 to request an accommodation or alternate application process.

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  • Location
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Department
    Career Pathways
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    45k - 48k, Depending on qualifications