Family Achievement Coach
Northside Achievement Zone Office
Job Type

Salary range: $34,196 - $42,746 annually

HIRING BONUS: All new employees will receive a $3,000 hiring bonus!

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) is a bold and innovative collaborative effort to close the achievement gap in the geographic “Zone” of North Minneapolis. The purpose of our work is to end multigenerational poverty in our community, using education as a lever. We use a data-driven, evidence-based, achievement-focused model in which both children and their families move through a “cradle-to-career” ecosystem that provides comprehensive support. NAZ is a leading initiative in the national Promise Neighborhoods and cradle to college/career movement. As NAZ learns what works with families in North Minneapolis to address complex issues related to urban poverty, strategies are being set up for replication and informing the regional, state, and national field.

Position Purpose

The Family Achievement Coach partners with families in North Minneapolis to illuminate a path to college and leverage supports along the way. The Family Achievement Coach builds trusting relationships, inspires a deep commitment from parents and students (called “NAZ Scholars”), and solidifies the belief that NAZ scholars will graduate from college. The Family Achievement Coach can work with parents or scholars to set achievement goals, encourage behaviors that support academic outcomes, and connect them with promising and proven strategies to support success. Family Achievement Coaches are accessible to parents and scholars by being located within the community. The location of the Family Achievement Coach determines their focus area. *Focus Areas: Early Childhood, Kindergarten-8th grade, High-School, Housing, and Career & Finance 


Primary Responsibilities

Recruitment and Support: 

  • Follow NAZ recruitment strategies and recruitment targets to reach, encourage, and sustain family enrollment and involvement in NAZ.
  • Support NAZ primary participants in setting and reaching their achievement goals, and connecting with the supports (caseworkers, teachers, academic interventions, counselors, etc.) to achieve goals.
  • Help families access and align family wrap around resources from NAZ partners to support family success plans.  
  • Develop and track the success plans of families in NAZ Connect to encourage, support, and facilitate progress on goals. 
  • Support parent’s ability to move themselves and children through an education/career pipeline represented through NAZ Connect.  
  • Support family involvement in NAZ-developed parent education curriculum.  
  • Address barriers to student success internal to families (such as belief, knowledge, and motivation).

Focus Area:

  • Early Childhood: Primary Participant Parent(s)/ Early literacy and numeracy, k-readiness, basic knowledge of assessments and childcare subsidy. 
  • Kindergarten-8th grade: Primary Participant Scholar/ Scholar Achievement Planning, school enrollment knowledge and support, academic advocacy and resource guidance.
  • High School: Primary Participant Scholar/ Scholar Achievement Planning, school enrollment knowledge and support, academic advocacy and resource guidance. 

Partner and Staff Collaboration 

  • Work within a team at an assigned anchor school or organization to develop and implement the NAZ family support process on location.
  • Work with other staff at NAZ in a coordinated team approach.

Data Tracking

  • Responsible for keeping all family- and process-related data about families up to date in NAZ Connect.  
  • Maintain and keep up to date, all contact, referrals, case-planning conversations, and progress.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two (2) years experience in community organizing or related fields, or a combination of equivalent experience and training.

Preferred Experience

  • Post high school education is preferred. 
  • Zone or North Minneapolis residents are preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to learn and grow through a professional development plan process and succeed within a results-oriented culture.
  • A devotion and ability to build close relationships with scholars and their families, and the ability to motivate them through positive interviewing, feedback and reinforcement.
  • Knowledge of North Minneapolis and the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with other Northside families. 
  • Experience and proficiency with technology and data management systems.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about, the cultural and internal barriers to family success in raising college-ready children.
  • Ability to use personal experience of living in poverty as a tool for helping others build success.
  • Strong commitment to expectation that children growing up in North Minneapolis can succeed in academics and college.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Remote-based position on interim basis only due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Upon approval of “Return to Office” site guidelines, this role may require the individual to work onsite at the NAZ facility located in North Minneapolis, MN 55411.

  • Work is normally performed in an office setting
  • Regular operation of normal office machines
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required
  • May require travel throughout the Northside Zone area: access to reliable transportation with proof of insurance and valid driver’s license 

Vaccine Requirement: NAZ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be made with Human Resources upon hire.