CURRENT OPENINGS – Employment Coach

Looking to use your top-notch matchmaking ability and business-to-business skills while having a meaningful social impact?  Freedom a la Cart is an innovative, nonprofit social enterprise and workforce development program born to help survivors of human trafficking build a new life of freedom and self sufficiency.  What started as a single food cart is now a bustling, full-service catering company, grown from the hearts and hard work of the women who sustain us. Through offering supportive services, practical life skills, paid workforce training and one-on-one case management, Freedom is a place where survivors can heal, learn and grow as they prepare for sustainable employment opportunities in the community.

We are looking for an Employment Coach to help prepare and transition survivors from our workforce development program into sustainable jobs in the community earning a livable wage.

EMPLOYMENT COACH [flex-time, 15-20 hrs/wk]

At Freedom a la Cart we are passionate about the human trafficking survivors we serve, our customers, our volunteers, our business partners and our staff.  We work hard, have fun and roll up our sleeves to make the dreams of the #FreedomMovement happen.

Raring to join us?  We would LOVE to hear from you!!

Send resume and letter stating why you want to work at Freedom a la Cart via email by February 15, 2019 to Executive Director, Paula Haines here

The overall vision of the position is to help transition survivors from vulnerability and poverty to stability and economically self-sufficiency.

We are seeking a person with unique professional and interpersonal skills capable of interacting effectively with survivors, employers, and service providers. The successful candidate will lead Freedom a la Cart’s employment coaching and pairing initiative by successfully transitioning survivors from our workforce development program to employment in viable, trauma-safe workplaces; engage with employers to identify viable job opportunities and ensure training meets their needs; and provide ongoing employment support to ensure job retention and advancement in the workplace.

Overview of duties and responsibilities:

  • Assess program participant to identify individual strengths, explore vocational interests and set goals
  • Develop a clear employment transition roadmap for participants with milestones that fit into the estimated 24-month cycle of FALC workforce development
  • Provide survivors with the necessary support and training to facilitate job readiness, tailor the services to meet each survivor’s individual needs; and connect survivors with community resources (partner agencies) for vocational training or educational services needs
  • Network to develop a resource channel of potential employment partners; identify choice employers through an established criteria; conduct employer interviews and site visits; and ensure that FALC training meets the needs of the choice employer
  • Develop relationships with choice employers in order to understand business, culture, and the job requirements of the positions they seek to fill
  • Work with choice employers to identify specific skills they are seeking and develop a process for qualified FALC program participants to acquire those skills.
  • Provide job and career coaching, follow up, and job retention services to FALC participants
  • Train choice employers on human trafficking awareness, trauma education, understanding the benefits cliff and defining earning requirements for economic security.

We are looking for someone who has passion and an ambitious desire to grow in the field of workforce development.


  • Adaptable people person with strong social/interpersonal skills and ability to communicate well with diverse audiences
  • Excellent writing skills comparable with the communication and reporting requirements of the position
  • Knowledge of creating and utilizing Google applications Docs, Sheets, Gmail and Slides
  • Well organized and self-directed
  • A total team player with strong work ethic and “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to problem-solve, troubleshoot, anticipate needs and apply sound judgement in new or unusual situations
  • Ability to network within the Greater Columbus business community in ways that foster collaborative relationships (must be able to travel locally)
  • Effectively manage time and prioritize requests to meet deadlines
  • Experience in working with vulnerable trauma survivors a plus
  • Flexible with the ever ebbing and flowing needs of a growing company
  • Most importantly, love to have fun while changing the world!