Bridging the Gap: Getting Ahead Coordinator

Location: The Salvation Army of Cleveland County, 318 E. Hayes, Norman, OK  73069

Employment Type: Part-Time

Job Summary

Promotes and coordinates the Bridging the Gap efforts of The Salvation Army and local community; works closely with internal departments to fully integrate the constructs of Bridges Out of Poverty in all Army programs and services; builds and manages relationships with community and governmental leaders to promote, influence, and support Bridging the Gap initiatives around the community; trains and equips local organizations, businesses and governments in the constructs of the program; conducts Getting Ahead class; recruits, trains, coordinates and equips facilitators for Getting Ahead classes around the community.

Essential Job Functions:

This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position.  The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.

Community Coordination (35%)

Meets with community leaders to build critical mass for the Bridging the Gap initiative; including but, not limited to, one-on-one meetings, speaking engagements and the planning and implementation of large training events; initiates activities in the community to aide in building mass.

Manages statistical reports and data to track the effectiveness of the programs and services which have adopted the constructs found in Bridges Out of Poverty; submits reports to the Corps Officer and Steering Committee in timely manner.

Evaluates the effectiveness of the local Bridging the Gap initiative; researches best practices and seeks solutions to barriers faced by those implementing strategies; seeks to improve quality of services provided by organizations who are implementing strategies.

Works to raise funds for ongoing support of local Bridges initiatives including the Coordinator position.

Coordinates/manages local Bridges initiatives; manages, resources, trains and empowers local partners in the implementation of Bridges constructs and programs within their organizations and circles of influence.

Build Membership Strategies (35%)

Operate as the lead administration agent for the Bridges initiative; provides regular administration duties for The Salvation Army and the Bridges steering committee; includes the scheduling and administration of monthly steering committee meetings.

Works to build collaborative relationships with local organizations and agencies to build and form a sophisticated service delivery system.

Works to engage the whole community in the Bridges constructs.

Build Champions in the Community (25%)

Works to build broad-based community support through developing champions of the Bridges constructs.

Develops support and opportunities for Getting Ahead graduates; plans and coordinates monthly continuing education events; develops and provides path to leadership opportunities in the community, including serving as facilitators/co-facilitators for Getting Ahead classes, serving on boards and committees of local organizations, agencies and governments.

Works to ensure the active involvement of all sectors in the local initiative including, but not limited to, community based organizations, businesses, healthcare, K-12 education, post-secondary education, housing, law enforcement, behavioral healthcare, courts, governments, faith-based community.


May work with individual Getting Ahead participants/graduates in order to provide them with the best opportunity for success.

May be required to drive Salvation Army vehicle to provide transportation for Getting Ahead participants.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Computer                       Phone               Limited audio/visual equipment


Must be an expert in the Bridges Out of Poverty constructs

Must be able to navigate and use Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.

Must have the ability organize and manage multiple tasks and events

Must know how to build and manage community relationships


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field,


Three years progressively responsible experience in the social service field


Any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Bridges Out of Poverty – Lifetime Trainer Certification (Must be completed within year of start date)

Drivers License


Ability to perform movement associated computer use required frequently required.

Requires the ability to listen, talk, stand, sit and walk constantly or frequently required.

Minimum lifting of 0-30 lbs. required on rare occasions.

The ability to push and/or pull required on rare occasions.

The ability to climb stairs required on rare occasions.

Bending, squatting and reaching required on rare occasions.

Ability to drive automatic car or truck, day or night, occasionally required.

Overtime may rarely be required.


Work is usually performed in a normal office environment where there are little or no physical discomforts associated with changes in weather or discomforts associated with noise, dust, dirt, and the like, but may be performed periodically in disaster service areas and camp settings.