CUA 5 Life Skills Coach
Job Type

About APM: 

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) is a non profit organization in Philadelphia, PA providing human services to the community including early childhood education, foster care & adoption, child welfare, mental & behavioral health, community and economic development, housing, violence intervention, and services to community schools. 

CUA stands for Community Umbrella Agency. 

This is a Full-Time job. All of our jobs are on-site. We do not work remotely.  


  • Medical Insurance or $100/month medical insurance waiver reimbursement
  • Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • 403b Retirement Plan with company contribution
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Short-term and long-term disability 
  • Employee Assistance Program at no cost
  • 20 Days of Paid Time Off
  • 12 Days of Paid Holidays
  • Other voluntary benefits


To facilitate and follow the movement of children through the permanency process including the provision of crisis management and supportive social work to CUA Case Managers and resource parents to effect permanency and avoid placement disruptions. To provide, in concert with CUA Case Managers and under the direction of the CUA Team Leader, the services required by children and families engaged in the adoption process.

  1. Function as part of the larger CUA team responsible for achieving the target goals of improving safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families.
  2. Provide home and community life skills education and intervention services to children, youth, and their caregivers toward ensuring family stabilization, reunification, or other permanency.
  3. Make use of the Casey Life Skills assessment in preparing the youth for successful transition to adulthood.
  4. Teach and coach youth to understand and perform life skills related to self-care, housing and money management, work and study skills, career and education planning, relationship, communication, and daily living skills.
  5. Work with parents and caregivers who may have cognitive limitations, physical or emotional disabilities, or any combination of these.
  6. Participate in Family Team Conferences when necessary.
  7.  Attend Court Hearings as needed but never in lieu of the CUA CM.
  8. Document any activity they have performed within the timeframe outlined by the Intervention Supervisor within the appropriate section of ECMS unless subcontracted in which case using the CUA-prescribed form.
  9. Conduct regularly scheduled visits to assigned families and to establish and maintain a trusting relationship with families using a strengths-based approach.
  10. Meet with the supervisor to evaluate family status, parent-child progress and to discuss strategies for improving outcomes.
  11. Complete all paper work in compliance with program requirements.
  12. Work as part of the CUA Support Team toward achieving the objectives as established in the Single Case Plan (SCP).
  13. Facilitate safe case closure for in home service cases.
  14. Facilitate reunification or other permanency by
  15. Assisting the CUA CM to focus on permanency opportunities.
  16. Tracking and managing the movement of cases through the permanency process.
  17. Assisting the CUA CM in preparing the children, youth, and families for reunification or other permanency.
  18. Supporting the CUA CM in preparation for Court.
  19. Assist the Case Management Team with the development of the youth transition plans
  20. Attend staff meetings in order to contribute to program issues and update on agency issues.
  21. Attend scheduled in-service training in order to develop professional skills. Maintain required training hours for each fiscal year
  22. Facilitate the Summer Work Ready curriculum
  23. Perform other duties that support the mission of APM and the CUA program. 

APM is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related field including but not limited to sociology, psychology, criminal justice, education, or public health administration. A minimum of two years work experience in social services with youth and families.
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and maintain a high degree of discretion dealing with confidential information.
  • Experience in outreach activities, through volunteerism or another source.
  • Familiarity with the dynamics of diverse populations in low income areas.
  • Demonstrated written, oral communication and strong customer service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team.
  • An applied understanding of social work ethics and confidentiality.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Key Competencies:

  • Must demonstrate genuine empathy and concern for individuals as indicated in our corporate vision, mission and values statements. Culturally sensitive to the needs and diversities of multi-cultural communities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, respectful, and courteous nature.
  • An applied understanding of social work ethics and confidentiality.
  • Skills in typing, basic computer operations, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Knowledge of social services, child welfare and family systems services.

APM is an equal opportunity employer.