STRIVE Employment Readiness Trainer

Full-time, Hiring Immediately

Position Summary

SMGW seeks a second STRIVE Trainer to work in a location separate from our corporate STRIVE Trainer. STRIVE training is the workforce development component of the Next Step program. STRIVE training uses the nationally recognized and trademarked STRIVE curriculum, which produces demonstrated results in major urban areas across the country. SMGW is the STRIVE affiliate in the Washington, DC area. The Trainer selects, plans, creates, and implements daily lesson plans; assigns and checks homework; and, provides individual sessions as warranted with assistance from Next Step caseworkers and other members of the STRIVE team. Trainings are virtual now but will be delivered in person soon. The STRIVE Trainer collaborates with the whole program team on referrals and participant progress, and reports to the Program Director (PD). We are seeking

SMGW Mission

SMGW is a faith-based, non-profit organization committed to empowering program participants to realizing significant and positive life change through a practice of rigorous compassion and coaching from trained caseworkers, specialists, and trainers who collaborate with them for change. Participants set life goals in the areas of employment, housing, education, health, and benefits, then identify the smaller “next steps” required to meet those goals. SMGW is committed to community change through deliberate, ongoing, and collective action to end systemic racism, while seeking equity for all. SMGW has no religious requirements for program participants or employees and welcomes all applicants.


  • Instructs and leads STRIVE employment readiness training, including the planning, creation, and implementation of daily lesson plans.
  • Ensures effective and high-quality delivery of the training, adjusting style and content based on participant learning needs. Presents information using a variety of instructional techniques and formats, such as role-playing, simulations, team exercises, group discussions, videos, and lectures.
  • Guides participants to develop realistic and appropriate job expectations and encourages growth, learning, and positive work attitudes.
  • Implements individual employment development plans using career assessment testing tools and/or informal assessments.
  • Evaluates participant progress in the training by making individual participant assessments and subsequent recommendations for service needs for a participant, to or through the participant’s Next Step caseworker.
  • Tracks STRIVE enrollees, graduates, and placements; enters case notes and other participant information into both Salesforce and Apricot.
  • Represents Samaritan Ministry in Trainer meetings with other STRIVE affiliates, STRIVE National, and among other workforce development professionals and groups, as assigned.
  • Utilizes national I-STRIVE library for online learning and best practices, as well as other resources as identified and assigned.
  • Collaborates with the program team to assess potential STRIVE participants and to increase program completion and retention rates.
  • Assists Employer Specialist in matching employment opportunities with participants.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • At least two years of experience teaching or training, ideally in workforce development with chronically unemployed/underemployed adults, returning citizens, senior citizens, persons without a GED or high school diploma, and/or persons with differing abilities. Knowledge or experience with the STRIVE curriculum, or a similar curriculum, is an asset.
  • At least one year of experience in social services and/or workforce development, with direct service responsibility, including an understanding of barriers to employment and demonstrated experience with assisting people overcome such barriers.
  • Ability to demonstrate to participants an effective resume, cover letter, and candidate interview.
  • Proficiency with Zoom and other online learning platforms such as Microsoft Teams, including but not limited to the ability to create/edit slides, share screens and conduct online learning sessions.
  • Proficiency in maintaining electronic records and data.
  • Experience with program databases, as well as Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Associate degree, or higher, in the Human Services, Education, Social Work – or other related field.
  • Lived experience navigating the challenges that our program participants face is a plus.
  • Ability to administer CASAS tests, is a plus.
  • STRIVE, SMGW’s workforce development training, is a component of our Next Step Program. Next Step is designed to empower participants to achieve goals leading to a sustainable and purposeful life. Goals are typically set in the areas of employment, education & training, health, and housing. SMGW has five sites in the Washington area and serves over 1,000 people each year. SMGW is a STRIVE affiliate site and part of a national network known for its high rates of job placement and retention.

Salary: Starting salary range is $50,000 – $60,000, based on qualifications above. Starting salary can be adjusted commensurate with significant workforce training experience, demonstrated results in facilitating student success, and/or additional credentials. Actual starting salaries are competitive with similarly sized non-profits in the Washington area.

To apply, send resume and cover letter explaining why you think you are a match for this position and for SMGW. Please address the letter to The Rev. David B. Wolf, Executive Director, 1516 Hamilton St. NW, Washington, DC 20011. Please email the resume and cover letter to our recruiter, Mr. John Capozzi at C Associates,