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Job Posting: Youth Leadership Coordinator

 

Youth Leadership Coordinator, NHS Cares (Part-Time)

Position Description: NHS Cares is a nonprofit serving the adjacent communities of New Hope Borough, and Solebury Township, PA. We are seeking a highly motivated, organized, and locally-based Youth Leadership Coordinator to join our community coalition coordination team. The goal of our coalition is to mobilize our many community sectors to collaborate in preventing and reducing youth substance use through a combination of program, practice, and policy changes. This work is funded through a multi-year federal Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grant, directed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The Youth Leadership Coordinator has the exciting and important job of creating and managing professional development opportunities for New Hope-Solebury youth, and establishing coalition protocols, policies, and procedures that give youth equal partnership in all of our work.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Remain up-to-date about the best practices for youth leadership development and youth engagement, and incorporate these into the work.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to the NHSD School District, the PSIC youth club, and other community partners for youth activities and initiatives.
  • Lead the development of a Youth Advisory Council that is actively engaged in planning and carrying out the coalition’s strategic plans.
  • Work with school district staff and other organizations to develop initiatives for identifying, recruiting, training, and retaining young leaders to support coalition work.
  • Serve as a mentor and supervisor to youth members and volunteers.
  • Expand work at the lower/upper elementary, and middle school levels.
  • Collaborate with coalition staff to create and implement evidence-based, community-level youth programming and initiatives that align with the coalition’s mission.
  • Formalize youth leadership opportunities into the structure of NHS Cares (i.e. Internship Program, Volunteer Projects).
  • Attend staff meetings, coalition meetings, and other meetings, as needed.
  • Support and manage various additional projects, as requested (i.e. preparing federal reports, collecting data, planning coalition meetings, etc.)
  • Regularly participate in community events with the goal of developing new relationships and partnerships to support youth engagement.
  • Attend professional development conferences and training opportunities.

Candidate Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or a Bachelor’s in progress) is required.
  • Prior experience coordinating projects with youth is strongly preferred.
  • Prior experience managing volunteers, making presentations to various audiences, and planning/managing meetings is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer proficiency including Microsoft software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency with popular social media platforms.
  • Have a reliable car and be able to travel within and around New Hope-Solebury.
  • Must be able to pass the mandatory NHS District background check requirements for criminal history and child abuse.
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Lives in, or within reasonable driving distance from New Hope-Solebury.

Personal Characteristics: We are looking for a collaborative, self-starting, and creative problem solver. This person needs to be adaptable to varying schedule changes and be willing to perform a wide variety of tasks as well as change focus quickly as the work evolves. You must be able to manage your responsibilities with little, to no supervision.

Job Type: Part-time (consultant status); 15-20 hours per week; Does not report to an office for daily work; some travel required; Reports to the NHS Cares Project Director.

Contract Rate: $18-24 an hour (depending on education and experience)

How to Apply: Interested applicants should send their cover letter and resume to adelaflor@nhscares.org no later than Monday, May 15, 2017. Please include in the subject line, “Youth Leadership Coordinator”.

For more information about NHS Cares visit our website at www.nhscares.org or visit us on Facebook.

 

Our History

NHS Cares, a nonprofit based in the New Hope – Solebury community, began in March, 2008, as a group

of parents, youth, teachers, administrators, clergy, law enforcement, and community members who

were concerned that students were using and, in some cases abusing, alcohol and other drugs.  Based upon these

observations, it was determined that a strong and unified community response was necessary.

Some 8 years later, the organization is still going strong, focused on reducing underage drinking and substance use

amongst the community’s youth.

 

In the fall of 2015, NHS Cares received a federal grant to help sustain this very important work, potentially for the next

10 years. Known as the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, the grant operates under the following

premise: local problems require local solutions. The federal government looks to local organizations, such as NHS

Cares, to determine the unique local problems and the solutions that go along with them. The goals are twofold: to

strengthen collaboration among community entities and reduce substance use among youth.  In February 2017, NHS Cares celebrated

their graduation from CADCA’s National Coalition Academy, a three week training on the Strategic Prevention Framework, along with

190 coalitions from around the USA at the CADCA Forum in National Harbor, MD.

 

The approach is multi-pronged: community education, community collaboration, and environmental

change. Our coalition is working to increase protective factors that mitigate risks for our young people.  According to

current national data, rates of substance abuse have declined significantly in DFC grant communities.

 

All DFC community coalitions have one thing in common: the involvement of just about everyone in

the community, as it truly does “take a village.” We need your ideas and energy as we strive to

educate our parents and youth, establish healthy community norms, and create policies and practices

that will help us maintain a safe and healthy environment for our children.

 

The DFC Program is a collaborative effort between the Executive Office of the President’s ONDCP (Office of National

Drug Control Policy) and Department of Health and Human Services’ SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Services Administration).

 

Coalition meetings are held at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except July and August) in the High

School library and are open to the public.

 

For more information, contact: info@nhscares.org

Coalition Staff: Project Director: Andrea delaFlor, adelaflor@nhscares.org; Project Coordinator: Dori Dugan, ddugan@nhscares.org; Project Coordinator: Joanne Reszka, jreszka@nhscares.org

 

NHS Cares Coalition Meeting Minutes 2015-16

NHS Cares Minutes Nov 09 2016

NHS Cares Minutes May 2016

NHS Cares Minutes April 2016

NHS Cares Minutes March 09 2016

NHS Cares meeting minutes Feb 10 2016

NHS Cares Minutes Jan 13 2016

NHS Cares December 2015 minutes

NHS Cares November 2015 Minutes

NHS Cares October 2015 minutes