Pre-Apprenticeship Life Coach

Position Summary/Program Overview

The Pre-Apprenticeship Life Coach is responsible for day-to-day execution and case management for ARC’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Position will report to Vocation/Education Manager.

In partnership with a Community College, The LA Federation of Labor, the Miguel Contreras Foundation, and the LA/OC Building Trades, the Pre- Apprenticeship Boot Camp was created to provide job training for formerly incarcerated individuals by establishing a pathway into guaranteed union apprenticeships, a sustainable high-wage career, and permanent housing.

This 10-12-week program includes a two-week professional and life skills training conducted by ARC. Participants then enroll in a pre-apprenticeship training course delivered by a local Community College using the Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) and designed to meet union standards. Participants are provided stipends for the duration of the Pre-Apprenticeship Boot Camp to support themselves, their futures, and to increase their financial literacy. The stipend goes beyond establishing financial education skills, to allow participants to go from a transitional housing program to stable independent living. Upon graduating from the boot camp, participants receive continued wraparound support including community referrals, flexible cash resources, legal aid, and mental health services.



Responsibilities related to the ARC Pre-Apprenticeship Life Coach include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Build a network of candidates for the Pre-Apprenticeship Program through ARC’s membership, local community agencies, and hold monthly information sessions.
  • Work with partners to interview and select participants through orientation and interview process.
  • Prepare members for Pre-Apprenticeship program by assisting with obtaining identification, holding workshops, and assessing readiness.
  • Prepare and Execute two-week Essential Skills training focusing on professionalism, emotional regulation, and other essential life skills needed to succeed in a union career.
  • Provide ongoing case management support to cohort members and connect them to resources as necessary.
  • Ensure timely documentation of services provided to cohort members including monthly individual case notes, daily participation notes, and any other direct services.
  • Support administrative team in completing quarterly program reports for funders.
  • Communicate with program partners on a regular and ongoing basis to ensure seamless delivery of services and fidelity to program model.
  • Provide follow up services and tracking for cohort graduates for 12 months post-graduation.
  • Plan and create teambuilding and networking opportunities for cohort members and program alumnus.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and knowledge of the criminal justice population.
  • 2 years’ experience in case management.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite and knowledge of social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and/or willingness to learn to multitask.
  • Leadership characteristics and excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Reliable vehicle and valid driver license.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, as needed.


Program Monitor – Ventura Training Center


ARC is seeking a Program Monitor to work the overnight shift at our 80 bed Life Skills program, part of a Fire Training Program in conjunction with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and CAL FIRE, located in Ventura County.  We are hiring several positions for a number of different shifts (weekdays, weekends, holiday coverage). This is an excellent opportunity for an entry-level candidate to work at a unique pilot program for formerly incarcerated individuals.  This position will monitor the activities and movement of program participants while working with Case Workers, Job Developers, and program partners to support the delivery of services.  This position will also provide administrative support for the program by conducting and documenting facility checks, performing data entry and communicating in writing each night to the next shift, and the team. There will also be elements of group facilitation as well as supporting participants on community outings, appointments, and ARC events.  Driving a program vehicle will be necessary. Experience with the criminal justice population is considered an asset, along with passion and commitment to social justice reform.



  • Monitor participant activities after hours, weekends, and holidays.
  • Conduct regular facility checks and provide corroborating documentation.
  • Administer on-site drug screening as needed.
  • Ensure all visitors to the property are supervised, verified and documented in visitation logs.
  • Provide support to group facilitation.
  • Maintain positive relations with program partners.
  • Transport participants to and from appointments/ARC functions.



The Program Monitor position is entry level. Applicants should have some familiarity with formerly incarcerated individuals and/or lived experience.  This person must have good boundaries while offering emphathetic support to program participants.  Experience at a residential program is a plus.

The Program Monitor will have the following experience and attributes:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Possess good interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Valid Californa Drivers License.


  • Salary $17.00/hr – $20.00/hr range depending on experience.
  • ARC pays 75% medical/dental/vision benefits for individual; 50% for dependents for full-time positions.
  • 10 paid vacation days, 6 paid sick days.

CONTACT – John McClelland,


Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


The mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to reduce incarceration, improve the outcomes of formerly incarcerated individuals, and to build healthier communities. ARC seeks to accomplish this mission in a three-fold approach: (1) to advocate for fair and just policies that: reduce crime, decrease the use of incarceration, and serve the needs and well-being of formerly incarcerated people; (2) to provide supportive services and resources to those affected by the criminal justice system that improves outcomes; and (3) to build healthier communities by returning motivated, mentally prepared, and high character men and women from incarceration to communities to serve as ambassadors for change. In brief, ARC is a support network, a connection to services and support, and an advocate for just and fair policies.