Program Instructor - Project LIFE

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


US$17.5-18.55 (hourly)


Full time

Sep 2

(Full-time) Lawrenceville/Pittsburgh, PA. - $1,000 Retention Bonus!

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania and North Central West Virginia is a nonprofit organization that funds job training, education, and other community programs by selling donated clothing and household items in Goodwill stores and online. We offer life changing work on a mission-minded team. We are 1,000 working as one, and each of us is essential to helping our community thrive. For three years running, Goodwill has been named to Forbes’ list of America’s “Most Inspiring Companies”.

We offer a wide range of career opportunities from entry-level to management in retail, human services, and administrative fields. Learn more about working at Goodwill. You can help. We can show you how.


Project LIFE is a comprehensive, multiyear transition-to-adulthood program where individuals (ages 16+) with disabilities can develop, practice, and strengthen skills that are high predictors for increased adult independence and successful, integrated community employment.

Project LIFE offers a targeted course of study combined with experiential life skills education and authentic work-based learning experiences in the local community. Utilizing evidence-based transitions education concepts, Project LIFE is a proven program model that supports our student interns on their journey to adulthood and greater independence.

Project LIFE began in 2007 and continues to impact lives nationwide. Visit for additional information. [Learn More About Project LIFE]


The Project LIFE Instructor will facilitate the Project LIFE curriculum to student interns during classroom instruction and independent living activities. This position will also provide on-site coaching during work-based learning experiences, in addition to assessing intern progress and communicating with community partners. The Project LIFE instructor will be expected to learn multiple entry level jobs skills, both within the Goodwill Donated Goods Retail network, the community, and in collaboration with community business partners.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitate program operations, including program implementation and supporting student participants, to meet program and student participant goals and objectives and acquire necessary resources.
  • Report on program status and progress, including but not limited to time and attendance, goals, and necessary supports for student participants within a timely manner.
  • Support team members and job site personnel by assisting with building natural supports within the work environment including implementing job modifications such as graphic or adaptive work illustrations and supporting established routines that promote independence and successful transition.
  • Collaborate interdepartmentally on developing hands-on learning and on-the-job training for students.
  • Facilitate related instructional courses, including curriculum development and career coaching, through career assessments and individual meetings with student participants.
  • Prepare, implement, and analyze skills assessments for students to determine baseline and mid- and end-of year data.

External Hiring Range: $17.50 up to $18.55/hour

Retention Bonus: $1,000 after 90 days of employment!

Schedule: Monday – Friday (7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Flexible start and end times. Schedule may vary depending on departmental needs.

Travel Required: Some local travel may be required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree AND 1 year of experience required.
  • Knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Special Education legislation preferred.
  • Experience with transition to employment preferred.
  • Special Education certificate preferred.

Required Experiencemust be related to working with youth with disabilities.

Bachelors Degree: must be in Education, teaching, or a related field.


  • Candidates are expected to provide current, valid clearances (Child Abuse, FBI Fingerprints, and PATCH) prior to first day of employment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

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