Career Opportunities

Coordinator of Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

JOB TITLE:              Coordinator of Substance Abuse Prevention Programs 

DEPARTMENT:      Teen Programs

SUPERVISES:          Youth Leadership Coordinator and Social Work Intern 

OVERVIEW:            The Coordinator of Substance Abuse Prevention Programs will coordinate and implement a multi- community-wide substance abuse prevention program. The Coordinator of Substance Abuse Prevention Programs will work to expand the capacity of prevention programs addressing substance abuse issues (particularly alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs) among youth in the North Shore.

STATUS:                   Full-time hourly non-exempt 

Principal Tasks:

Oversee and carry our all activities related to the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) grant:

  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships in four North Shore communities to support a coordinated team-based approach to substance abuse prevention efforts personnel, Board of Health Directors, mental health professionals, youth-serving organizations, and city/town representatives;
  • Write and carry out strategic plans;
  • Develop logic models to direct and maintain substance abuse prevention work;
  • Conduct needs assessments and use data, such as focus groups, key stakeholder interviews, pre and post-tests, and surveys to report regularly on activities, outcome measurements, and program evaluation;
  • Oversee two multi-community media campaigns that will address underage drinking and raise awareness for both youth and parents in the North Shore;
  • Oversee the teacher training and implementation of the Life Skills substance abuse prevention curricula in the Lynn, Swampscott, Salem and Marblehead Public Schools which includes engaging a trainer, scheduling the training sessions, registering teachers and ordering materials;
  • Serve as liaison between Girls Inc. and the BSAS Program Staff;
  • Attend all provider meetings as requested;
  • Complete all program reports as requested;

Other tasks

  • Drive tobacco prevention policy change in the City of Lynn through maintenance of key partnerships with city officials by working with the 84 Movement;
  • Train POS peer leaders on the Life Skills curricula and oversee their delivery of it at Girls Inc. and in the community;
  • Coordinate and carry out the annual school-based event Prom Parent Initiative in Lynn’s High Schools;
  • Coordinate and host the Healthy Alternatives for Lynn Teens (HALT) community event for teens;
  • Provide consultation to three North Shore school departments and stakeholders on replicating the Prom Parent Initiative and the HALT event;
  • Provide supervision to the AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator to ensure that the Part of the Solution teens have a strong voice in the community and are encouraged with pro-girl values to be strong, smart, and bold.
  • Provide direct programming, planning sessions, and training to teens;
  • Provide MSW supervision to social work interns, including monthly process recording analysis, development of learning contract, and oversight of duties as they relate to intern growth and learning;
  • Assist with grant applications and program budgets;
  • Attend all necessary trainings related to professional development in substance abuse, stakeholder engagement, policy change, youth leadership, etc.;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned, including snack preparation, program facilitation, Learning Center coverage, field trips, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in social work, public health, or human services strongly preferred. Relevant Experience is valued highly.
  • Two years of grant management and supervision experience, or equivalent work experience.
  • Strong knowledge of substance abuse health risks and how these risks are associated with other risky behaviors.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to organize others, and
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative to respond to changing needs and changes within the community.
  • Experience strategic planning, developing logic models, and budget management.
  • Ability to work with high-level stakeholders and public media outlets
  • Ability to work as an effective and active team player within Girls Inc.
  • Ability to work in a youth/adult collaborative environment.
  • Ability to take on many complex projects and manage them simultaneously.
  • Experience working with youth and adults in a multicultural, urban setting.
  • Knowledge of community needs and changing environmental norms for youth.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with adults and youth of different races, ethnicities, ages, abilities and experiences.
  • Commitment to addressing the impact of gender inequity and other oppressions that affect the development of youth.
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings, two evenings/week until 7:00pm
  • Strong computer skills and Internet familiarity.
  • Bi-lingual a plus, preferably Spanish/English Speaking

Rate: $20.95 per hour

Girls Incorporated of Lynn is an equal opportunity employer. Persons of color are encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates may email a cover letter and resume to Lena Crowley, Director of Middle and High School Programs at lecrowley@girlsinclynn.org

A conditional offer to the selected applicant will be contingent on the successful completion of a CORI check.

SCI AmeriCorps Youth Leadership Coordinator

Youth Leadership Coordinator

A ten-month AmeriCorps position serving at the Host Site of Girls Incorporated of Lynn

 The mission of Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. SCI aims to become a national leader in developing Social Capitalists who have the skills to connect and engage citizens. We envision a nation where individuals are strongly connected to their neighbors and play an active role in shaping the destiny of their communities. This increase in ‘social capital’ will result in communities that are safer, healthier and more vital. SCI currently operates programs in 9 Massachusetts locations, with Woburn, Fall River, Boston, Dorchester, and Lynn being the primary locations for SCI AmeriCorps placements.

The Youth Leadership Coordinator will be trained to implement the SCI Youth Leadership curriculum directly with SCI or at a community agency that has partnered with SCI to host a member. The SCI Youth Leadership curriculum emphasizes learning by doing approach that trains teenagers to organize projects that engage their peers in Community Service Learning (CSL) and other civic activities. For information on the Outreach and Technology Coordinator AmeriCorps positions, please visit www.socialcapitalinc.org.

The mission of Girls Incorporated of Lynn to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold by meeting the needs of girls in the community, developing girls’ capacity to overcome the effects of discrimination and be self-sufficient, responsible members of the community, and to serve as a vigorous advocate for all girls.

Girls Inc. of Lynn’s Teen Programs actively serves 150 girls year-round and reaches an additional 800 youth through their peer leadership programs. The Youth Leadership Coordinator will coordinate with Girls Inc. of Lynn’s Teen Programs, Part of the Solution Youth Council, and other community organizations throughout the city of Lynn to increase service-learning opportunities for youth and connect youth to those opportunities.

Responsibilities

  • Implement the SCI Youth Leadership Curriculum through a Youth Council program and/or another youth leadership development program. Some members may be initiating new youth leadership programs while others will enhance existing programs.
  • Provide direct support and ongoing guidance to approximately 6 teen leaders who in turn mobilize hundreds of their peers to participate in CSL and other civic activities.
  • Track progress of the teen leaders through the maintenance of individual civic leadership skills checklists and other assessment tools that document the practical skills they develop in areas such as meeting facilitation and event coordination.
  • Provide additional direct service to youth at partner agencies that support youth development goals and have been approved by SCI.
  • Collaborate with other SCI staff, volunteers and partners on other projects to promote civic engagement, with an emphasis on integrating youth into activities of SCI and community partners.
  • Collaborate with other SCI Youth Programs Coordinators on joint efforts including occasional activities that bring together youth from various SCI locations.

Youth Leadership Coordinator Job Description

Responsibilities at Host Site: Girls Inc. of Lynn

  •  Serve as Advisor to Part of the Solution peer leadership program whose focus is primarily on substance abuse prevention.
  • Recruit, orient and train six high school peer leaders on topics such as leadership skills, community service learning projects, public-speaking and community organizing, and other marketable skills outlined on the SCI civic skills checklist.
  • Provide support to youth council members in organizing, implementing, and promoting annual events such as the H.A.L.T. conference and Prom Parent Initiative.
  • Collaboration with other organizations in Lynn and surrounding communities on substance abuse prevention projects.
  • Assist youth campaigns relating to the prevention of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drug abuse.
  • Support the implementation of LifeSkills curriculum within the Girls Inc. building as well as the Lynn community.
  • Write monthly reports on activities, coordinate and administer evaluation tools of activities and events, and maintain database of members, attendance, and event participation.
  • Assist youth in local policy change initiatives by teaching networking, public speaking, data collection, and political organizing skills.
  • Work with Girls Inc. teen staff to provide leadership and advocacy training and support to girls in peer leadership positions
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills for Essential Functions

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work with youth in a group setting; past experience with youth helpful.
  • A commitment to national service and the mission of SCI
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills
  • The desire to work with diverse constituencies
  • Willingness to take initiative to achieve goals
  • Strong project management/multi-tasking abilities
  • A clear plan for living on the AmeriCorps stipend in the Greater Boston area

Desired Skills for Marginal Functions

  • Regular access to a car (required for Woburn, and helpful for Lynn positions)
  • Knowledge of community served a plus
  • Ability to work indepdently and on a team
  • College degree or coursework is preferred
  • Bilingual communication skills a plus

Benefits

  • Members receive a modest living allowance during their service
  • Post-service educational award of $5,350
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Excellent experience for future professional and educational opportunities
  • Additional local benefits may be available
  • Pre-service orientation and on-site training provided by SCI; ongoing training opportunities and workshops

To Apply

 Send your cover letter and resume to Leah Mulrenan at lmulrenan@socialcapitalinc.org, or via regular mail to:

Social Capital Inc. 165M New Boston St., Suite 233 Woburn, MA 01801

Please note in your letter  you prefer to be considered for the Girls Inc. of Lynn based position. Questions or problems, email americorps@socialcapitalinc.org or call 781.935.2244

Lynn AmeriCorps Middle School Mentor and Family Engagement Specialist

North Shore AmeriCorps Program

Girls Inc. of Lynn is looking for Strong, Smart and Bold individuals to participate in a year-long community service program designed to help reduce the school dropout rate among English Language Learners through tutoring, mentoring, and family support services.

 Great opportunity for recent College Graduates and Career Changers to advance your career, make a difference and further your education.

 Position: Lynn AmeriCorps Program Middle School Mentor and Family Engagement Specialist

One team. One region. Limitless opportunity.

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals toward helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Lynn AmeriCorps Program is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in organizations throughout Lynn, MA to help implement programs designed to reduce the school dropout rate among immigrant students.

About United Way:

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley is advancing the common good in our region by providing help today in ways that strengthen tomorrow. Our work ensures that children are ready to learn when they enter school, stay engaged in learning and graduate able to compete, and are nurtured by families that have the financial stability to support both their basic needs and future success. No other single organization has the scope, expertise and influences to bring together hundreds of human services agencies, government, businesses, private foundations and dedicated volunteers around a common vision of creating maximum impact and achieving long-lasting results.

Program Summary:

Fifteen AmeriCorps members will complete a year of service in Lynn, MA, from September 2017 to August 2018. Corps members will be placed in community agencies throughout Lynn to provide direct support to English Language Learning students and/or their families.  Activities and engagement may include academic support, tutoring, mentoring, college awareness and preparation, and family support.

Collectively, the work of the Corps members will help to ensure a holistic approach throughout the community in order to reduce the barriers to academic success among immigrant children and their families. Corps members will be supervised by both their host organization and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Program Manager.

HOST SITE NAME: Girls Inc. of Lynn

 About Host Site:

Girls Incorporated of Lynn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. For seventy-five years, Girls Incorporated of Lynn has responded to the changing needs of girls and their families by providing essential resources and challenging programs to disadvantaged, low-income girls.   Since its founding in 1942, Girls Inc. of Lynn has been widely recognized and respected for the powerful and positive impact it has had on generations of girls and women.  Our programs are delivered in a safe and supportive girl-focused environment where all girls can be themselves and are empowered to achieve their personal best.

 BRIEF DESCRIPTION of POSITION:

The Lynn AmeriCorps member – middle school will be responsible for engaging English language learner members by assisting with recruitment and the enrollment process. The AmeriCorps member will provide academic support to the ELL members of the middle school program, serve as mentor to four days week, act liaison between non- English speaking parents and the program. The AmeriCorps member will assist with coordination and facilitation of the middle school program’s family engagement component which includes writing and distributing a monthly bilingual newsletter, updating social media and planning and implementation on bi-monthly family nights.

 AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service over the course of one year
  • Satisfactorily complete host site service project
  • Attend all Corps wide training and work sessions
  • Maintain a service Portfolio
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and reporting

 Position Responsibilities

  • Assist with member recruitment and enrollment
  • Build relationships with ELL guidance counselors and ELL teachers at Lynn middle schools
  • Provide family support to ELL girls and their families, including engaging parents in their daughter’s academic needs.
  • Work collaboratively with Girls Inc. staff to provide a safe, secure, pro-girl environment
  • Provide academic support in the form of homework help and tutoring
  • Mentor a four middle school members four days a week
  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of the family engagement component of the program
  • Serve as a liaison between ELL/ESL, non-English speaking parents and the program
  • Serve as liaison between the ESL members and the program including facilitate relationship building between the ESL members and the other girls and staff; ensure that ESL members are aware of program opportunities and services.

 Non -Essential Responsibilities

  • Program transportation
  • Supply ordering

 Qualifications of Ideal Candidate

  • Multi-lingual preferable: English & Spanish, Khmer, Portuguese, Haitian Creole
  • Familiarity with community of Lynn and the Lynn Public Schools
  • Experience working with youth, preferably girls and/or urban youth ages 12-15 an informal educational and/or recreational setting
  • Enthusiasm and excitement for working with teen girls
  • Demonstrated ability to be professional, creative, innovative and flexible
  • Team building skills are a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Technology proficient
  • Detailed planning

Additional Qualifications:

  • High School or GED accepted; BA/BS strongly preferred
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • A passion for national and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and adaptability
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent US Resident

 Position Benefits:

  • $12,635 taxable living allowance will be made in bi-weekly installments
  • Fully paid health insurance
  • Training and networking opportunities among a core group of Corps members and other non profit professionals
  • Access to resources available at United Way of Massachusetts Bay
  • $5,550.00 Education Award upon completion of service

 To Apply or For More information:

Lena Crowley, Director of Middle and High School Programs lecrowley@girlsinclynn.org

United Way of Massachusetts Bay is committed to fostering a work environment characterized by dignity and respect. Our workforce is diverse and is reflective of our community.  We wish to celebrate our diversity and create an environment in which each individual’s skills and talents are best utilized to help us achieve our goals. Discrimination, of any kind, is not consistent with our mission and values, and will not be tolerated. United Way is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and provides reasonable accommodations for the application process, interviews and service upon request.

 

Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring Program

Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring Program

Girls Incorporated of Lynn

About AmeriCorps:

AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in mentoring programs across Massachusetts.

 Organizational Description:

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. MMP serves hundreds of program partners statewide supporting thousands of youth in quality relationships. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.

Host Site Description:

Girls Incorporated of Lynn is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold. For seventy-five years, Girls Incorporated of Lynn has responded to the changing needs of girls and their families by providing essential resources and challenging programs to disadvantaged, low-income girls.  Since its founding in 1942, Girls Inc. of Lynn has been widely recognized and respected for the powerful and positive impact it has had on generations of girls and women.  Our programs are delivered in a safe and supportive girl-focused environment where all girls can be themselves and are empowered to achieve their personal best.

 Project Description:

The Ambassador of Mentoring will oversee the middle school group mentoring program for girls in grades six through eight. Responsibilities will include mentor recruitment, orientation and training, providing daily match support as well as improving current match support systems, acquiring and maintaining program supplies, planning and carrying out mentoring events and assisting the program with becoming a partner level affiliate of Mass Mentoring Partnership.  The purpose of the middle school group mentoring program is to improve girls’ attitude towards school, to improve the social competencies and to provide the mentees with support.

 Program Summary:

Twenty-Five AmeriCorps Ambassadors will complete a year of service from August 2017-June 2018. These members will be placed at one host site organization to build the capacity of youth mentoring programs and organizations in the areas of match support; marketing and mentor recruitment; mentor/mentee/parent training; and program development, evaluation and start up.

All Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring will work on volunteer mentor recruitment efforts in their host organization as well as work with other Corps members to complete statewide community service projects that benefit the field of mentoring in Massachusetts. AmeriCorps Ambassadors will be supervised by their host organization and the Mass Mentoring Partnership AmeriCorps Program Manager.

Basic Requirements:

  • Passion for working with diverse youth and families
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Flexible schedule/Ability to work occasional evenings/weekends
  • Motivation and aptitude for networking and outreach
  • Committed to actively recruiting, selecting, on-boarding and managing mentors
  • Ability to plan, execute and document site-based group activities and off-site field trips
  • Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor!

 Additional Skills:

  • Experience/skill in effective group behavior management preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word applications

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member

  • Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
  • Complete all required AmeriCorps documentation and monthly reporting
  • Complete at least 2 collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Maintain a service portfolio and blog posts
  • Commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
    • Responsibilities include attending pre-orientation session, orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Greater Boston
  • Effectively manage time, projects, and meet competing demands
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

 General Program Qualifications

 

  • BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for volunteerism and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Some experience with marketing – material design, blogging and social media preferred
  • Public speaking
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
  • Positive attitude 

Position Benefits:

  • A $5995 educational award upon completion of service
  • $1,250 pre-taxed stipend per month
  • Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
  • 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
  • Free health care coverage
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
  • A nation-wide Alumni network
  • A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues – with the potential to make lifelong friends!

To Apply:

Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at www.massmentors.org/ambassadors to view our current open positions and apply directly to the organizations that interest you from the link provided on the page. Note that 1 application is required PER each organization if you are applying to more than one.

All applications require a resume that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and a cover letter stating how you heard about this opportunity and why it interests you, either in Word / PDF format and a list of 3 references.

We are interested in recruiting AmeriCorps members who call Massachusetts home. MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from persons with a disability,  and minority candidates. Note: Positions are contingent upon continued CNCS grant funding.

For more information or questions:

Contact, Thomas McGee, Program Manager, tmcgee@massmentors.org

Mass Mentoring Partnership and its site partners are equal opportunity employers.

Mass Mentoring Partnership makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities for interview as well as service term.

All positions acceptances are contingent upon a successful background check.