Systemic Change – Getting Ahead Coordinator

Learn from and walk alongside our neighbors in need for 16 weeks, looking at poverty through the lens of economic class to better understand how our society and the economy work, and empowering them to build economic stability for themselves while we build a better future for our community.  As a co-facilitator of these small groups, you will collaborate to prepare weekly lesson plans and co-facilitate the group, creating a safe, open, and caring place for group cohesiveness to form, in addition to supporting the behind-the-scenes needs of the program.  Be part of the process of investigating the impact of poverty and low wages and what it takes to move from a just-getting-by world to a getting-ahead world, helping our neighbors in need address systemic issues to create their own change. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Participate in the necessary SVDP National Office Getting Ahead training - including reading Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ by World; and participating in a two-part Webinar.
  • Collaborate with local resources to support the Mentor component for the program.
  • Recruit participants from area Conferences, the Winton Hills and West End Outreach Centers, and the SVDP Re-Entry program.
  • Co-facilitate two 16-course Getting Ahead programs per year, including collaborating with a group of Conferences for participants in their neighborhoods.
  • Work with clients in the Getting Ahead program to create a speakers’ bureau of individuals willing to share their stories on Ozanam Center retreats with the Development department, at Board events, etc.
  • Present Getting Ahead content at various Ozanam Center trainings and workshops, such as Ozanam Orientation and Understanding Poverty.


  • A high school diploma or its equivalent is required; degree in social work or related field preferred. 
  • Basic computer knowledge, particularly in Microsoft Office programs, is necessary
  • Experience working directly with and an understanding of the issues often facing people in need.
  • The ability to relate effectively and compassionately to people in the process of meeting their basic needs is essential.
  • A demonstrated ability to relate to people of different cultural and economic backgrounds are important.
  • Strong organizational skills will help carry out the responsibilities of this position. 

For more information or to apply, contact Maura Carpinello, VVC Program Manager, at