Emerge Career

Selling online job training to the government

Program Manager

$60K - $75K / 0.10% - 0.35%
Remote (US)
Job Type
3+ years
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Gabriel Saruhashi
Gabriel Saruhashi

About the role

Who Are We:

Emerge Career is a gov-tech company designing hybrid job training programs for justice-involved individuals. In addition to the training, our program includes several wrap-around services, such as individualized customer support, data analytics, and a job placement platform.

In less than a year since rolling out its first contract, Emerge Career has become a training provider in five states and signed direct contracts with two counties to provide training services to their justice-involved populations.

Prior to Emerge Career, Gabe and Zo co-founded Ameelio in 2020, an award-winning tech nonprofit dedicated to developing educational and communication tools for the incarcerated. While scaling Ameelio, they stumbled upon the issue of post-incarceration unemployment which Emerge Career seeks to address.

Follow us on Linkedin and find out more about who we are and what we do.

Our students are also a part of who we are. Read up on our student stories and hear from them firsthand on Youtube .

Why We Do This:

Emerge Career was designed to tackle two systemic issues: recidivism, fueled by post-incarceration unemployment and poverty, and labor shortages in vital industries. Over 60% of formerly incarcerated people remain job remain unemployed a year after incarceration, seeking work but not finding it. The reality is shocking, workforce development programs are severely limited inside prison, with only one-third of incarcerated people ever participating. To worsen, the available prison jobs offer meager wages, often less than $1 per hour, and often do not equip individuals with the skills for long-term stable employment.

Emerge Career breaks this cycle with scalable vocational training and job support during incarceration, equipping individuals for roles in high-demand industries. This comprehensive pre-release approach, continued throughout post-incarceration, can combat the cycle of poverty, promoting real second chances.

Who You Are:

  • You have a winner's mindset. You don't just play the game; you play to win. This isn't solely for personal gain but because you know the impact of your work. You’re a conscious tactful steward of time and resources, prioritizing initiatives that amplify potential across the board, because you know that when one rises, we all rise.
  • You believe everyone deserves dignity. Respect, recognition, and the opportunity to achieve one's full potential are the bedrock of your spirit. You know how to meet people exactly where they are and approach them with empathy and compassion, helping to create a space where everyone feels seen and valued regardless of their background.
  • You have experience building redemptive pathways. Life doesn't always give everyone the same chances, but you believe in rewriting the script and empowering others to hold onto and live out that script.
  • You take ownership. You approach tasks with an unwavering sense of integrity, eschewing fluff and ego in favor of direct, accountable action. With an entrepreneurial mindset, you are a self-starter capable of steering through ambiguous challenges and tread new grounds every day.
  • You have grit. You don’t hesitate to roll up your sleeves and tackle something hands-on, you persevere when others might give up. You understand that startups are hard, but can be super fun with the right mindset. You are a partner in resilience. Being of service to others is not just an act but an ongoing commitment. You’re ready and willing to empower, not patronize, no matter how arduous the journey.

What we’re looking for: (minimally)

  • Three or more years of professional work experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse, at-risk youth, including but not limited to justice-involved youth, unemployed, and underemployed
  • Demonstrated experience in workforce development, recruiting, business development, marketing, or any combination of training and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties as described
  • Eager to lead by example, treat partners with respect, and seek constructive feedback
  • Comfortable switching between self-directed work and teamwork
  • Highly collaborative
  • Deeply curious and highly attuned to human behavior and emotion

What we’re looking for: (preferred)

  • Involved with or impacted by the criminal justice system
  • Passionate about working with underrepresented communities and tackling challenges related to poverty and inequity

Your Mission

You will be responsible for driving the success of our students enrolled in the CDL training program. In three to four months, you will help individuals transition from unemployment or underemployment to a career with an average entry-level salary of $75k. The task at hand will require you to flex your creative muscles in various ways to meet the unique needs of each student.

Our program manager role may feel similar to case management or success coaching, yet it is distinct from these more traditional roles. It is a unique blend of responsibilities and skills. You will find yourself wearing numerous hats throughout a single day—acting as a social worker, counselor, sales rep, life coach, and operations lead.

That’s why we're looking for someone with a solid track record across various functions and industries. The success of our vocational village hinges on our ability to adapt to an environment with ever-changing needs and demands: you must understand the current state of affairs, identify its shortcomings, and work within these parameters while consistently driving innovation. Successful innovation here demands great relationship-building and management. To thrive, we need someone who not only understands people and can develop processes but also knows when to lead and when to listen.

This person is also expected to understand what it takes to be successful in an early start-up environment and recognize that the way things are done in other industries isn’t necessarily the way we will work because we’re focused on inspiring innovation across the country. We have a bias for action and results, and expect you to as well.

What You’ll Do:

Student Support & Admin

  • Perform foundational student support by outreaching to and following up with students regarding deadlines and meeting attendance
  • Call, text, and email students to be proactive and support them in their job search
  • Document student performance and progress in our proprietary LMS
  • Success Coaching & Facilitation
  • Create and facilitate interactive 1:1 and group coaching sessions centered around a full spectrum job search for individuals pursuing CDL Class A positions
  • Hold recurring 1:1 and group meetings with students pre-release and post-release to support them their their training program
  • Foster a spirit of community and collaboration


  • Outreach and communicate with government agencies, vocational training providers, correctional facilities, recruiting partners, and employers
  • Review and analyze reports from partners and prepare reports, agendas, and slide decks for partner meetings
  • Work collaboratively and creatively with team members to strategize and maximize for meetings and other partnership opportunities
  • Enroll students into vocational training programs


  • Report student progress to Operations Manager on a weekly basis
  • Participate in general and functional team weekly meetings
  • Respond promptly to internal and external communications via email, slack, and text message
  • Benefits You’ll Receive:

Hours: Flexible east coast business hours

Start Date: TBD

About the interview

About the Interview Process:

  • Submit your application
  • Complete the take-home hiring exercise (2 hours, asynchronous): You will be given a hypothetical work project to complete, which closely resembles the tasks you would undertake in this full-time position
  • Interview #1 (30 minutes): You will receive feedback and will be asked to talk through your thought process and the decisions you made during the exercise.
  • Interview #2 (45 minutes): We will conduct a comprehensive review of your experience.
  • Interview #3 (30 minutes): We will discuss more about your working preferences and philosophies
  • Reference Checks

About Emerge Career

Emerge Career
Team Size:3
Uzoma "Zo" Orchingwa
Uzoma "Zo" Orchingwa
Gabriel Saruhashi
Gabriel Saruhashi