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Westbay Community Action, Inc.
224 Buttonwoods Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
ATTN: Jenna Tietze
           Director of Administration

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Westbay Community Action, Inc. was recognized with an Exemplary Worksite Health Award from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce for effective programs encouraging employee health and well-being in a meaningful way.

Assurance 16 Community Educator/Coach

Westbay Community Action, Inc. is seeking a motivated self-starter who is organized, creative and interested in being part of a new program! Our agency is seeking to hire a Full Time (37.5 hours/week) Educator/Coach. This candidate will work closely with clients who receive energy assistance through our LIHEAP program. The successful candidate will provide financial counseling, job training/workforce development, and fast tracking crisis applications, attend community events of various types in order to extend services through other social service agencies and community partners, maintain relationships with collaborative partners and cultivate new ones and assist in reporting qualitative and quantitative performance reporting. Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related field and have demonstrated knowledge of community based work. The rate of pay for this position is $16.00/hour.



  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three year experience working with families and elders preferred
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Have or will obtain financial literacy certificate
  • 3 year clerical and computer experience required
  • Meet bonding requirements
  • Pass a BCI clearance
  • Have a physical examination and required immunizations, if applicable


  • Must have knowledge of community services
  • Must be dependable, in attendance at work and on time
  • Must be computer literate
  • Must be able to communicate with peers, supervisors and participants verbally and in writing
  • Must be able to work with the public and provide speaking and presentation skills
  • Must be able to take initiative
  • Must be able to multi task
  • Must be respectful and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills necessary to interact and communicate with the client, family members, providers and co-workers
  • Must have knowledge of available program funding and other resources
  • Must work with persons of various cultures and lifestyles in the helping process
  • Must possess the sensitivity required to assist families and clients in the process of becoming empowered
  • Must possess skills and techniques for crisis intervention and problem solving
  • Must have the ability to critically analyze and make immediate decisions
  • Must possess active listening skills
  • Must possess skills in time management, organizational development and planning
  • Must be willing to engage in self evaluation and to establish goals for professional development
  • Must make a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in all aspects of the work
  • Must be willing to engage in self evaluation and to establish goals for professional development
  • Must be willing to participate in ongoing training and education
  • Must possess the ability to initiate and sustain trust
  • Must be able to effect change through advocacy for the consumer
  • Must be able to work independently and be a team member
  • Must be energetic and convey a positive attitude
  • Must have a solid work ethic
  • Must be extremely flexible and able to make and or adjust to change
  • Must be able to model professionalism both in behavior and appearance
  • Must have access to a vehicle to perform agency work
  • Must have a driver’s license and document car insurance and a safe driving record
  • Must be extremely accurate in record keeping
  • Must respect and adhere to confidentiality policies for the agency and clients
  • Able to lift 25 lbs



The duties listed below are primary functions of the job, and are not intended to be all-inclusive. You will be called upon to perform other duties comparable to those cited.

  • Provide long-term services for select participants of Energy Assistance Program
  • Conduct a client assessment and development of a plan with client involvement
  • Assist clients in developing a plan to minimize future crisis situations.
  • Provide financial counseling, job training/workforce development
  • Provide supportive counseling and advocacy to clients and their families
  • Coordinate services with other community resources
  • Coordinating One on one counseling with Assurance 16 staff
  • Follow up with active clients
  • Provide workshops to outside agencies
  • Advocate for clients by negotiating with their collectors and utility companies
  • Provide budget and debt counseling
  • Improve credit score
  • Educate clients to become banked
  • Provide resume building, do’s and don’ts of interviewing, how to do job search, and best practice interviewing workshops
  • Assist clients to identify barriers and challenges
  • Determine eligibility for needed resources and aid in the application process
  • Provide information and referral services to telephone callers and clients of Westbay Community Action
  • Maintain complete and accurate client records
  • Maintain information needed for data collection and enter into the agency’s data system in a timely manner
  • Prepare accurate reports and statistics as required
  • Inform clients of their rights and responsibilities
  • Support client’s efforts to have his/her voice heard and to get needed services.
  • Participate in meetings, trainings, events, and in public forums
  • Provide follow-up services, monitor client progress and amend plan as needed
  • Assist walk-in clients.
  • Perform data entry accurately
  • Complete, sort, or return applications for more documentation.
  • Maintain an appointment schedule in Microsoft Outlook
  • Create and conduct activities to the general public, agency clients, groups and individuals
  • Participate and assist the Project Manager in the development of quarterly reports as needed.