Youth Mental Health Coordinator

  • Full-time
  • Portland, ME
  • May 31, 2023

EMPLOYER: The Opportunity Alliance



The Opportunity Alliance is seeking a Youth Mental Health Coordinator to join the team in our Maine Youth Action Network.  The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) has been operating for two decades as a support system for youth programming and as a catalyst for youth leadership development. We partner directly with young people, adult advisers, and local organizations to offer a broad spectrum of support to youth from Maine’s diverse communities. MYAN encourages prevention-focused, youth-centric social change through programming and technical assistance for young people and adults.

The Youth Mental Health Coordinator supports statewide and local youth engagement programs and initiatives that build young people’s resilience and strengthen youth leadership on issues of public health, social justice, and restorative practices. The coordinator is responsible for integrating local and statewide curriculum development, training, and technical assistance initiatives for adults, organizations, systems, and youth about the following topics: positive youth development, restorative practices, developmental relationships, and health equity strategies. This position directly supports Sources of Strength wrap-around youth programming and works closely with youth leaders to collaboratively plan and host the annual Maine Youth Leadership Conference featuring youth leadership on issues of public health, social justice, and restorative practices.

This is a grant funded full time position in Portland, ME with flexible hours that sometimes include afternoons and overnights. The dates of position funding is 1/1/2023-6/30/2024 with possible extension pending contract renewal. Pay is budgeted at 25/hr.

The Opportunity Alliance has an extensive benefit package including:

Generous paid time off
9 paid holidays per calendar year and up to 3 floating holidays per calendar year
Excellent medical benefits at very reasonable cost
Dental and Vision insurance options
Agency paid basic life insurance and STD & LTD disability insurances
403(b) retirement with a generous agency match
*Tuition Reimbursement
Student Loan Forgiveness: The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) is a qualified employer under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This means that if you have a student loan and meet certain criteria, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness while working for us.


2+ years’ experience that includes demonstrated excellence and regular practice with some combination of the following is required: data collection and analysis, workshop facilitation, positive youth development practices, and teaching/learning with both adolescents and adult learners. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. Ability to travel throughout the state of Maine, including some overnights. Position requires some evening and weekend hours. Extensive knowledge of positive youth development, youth-adult partnerships, policy work with youth, prevention and public health practices. Experience working with diverse populations, including engaging geographically isolated youth, indigenous youth, LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and/or youth living in poverty. Excellent facilitation and training skills with both youth and adults in multiple settings. Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects. Ability to maintain appropriate boundaries. Competent in working with multiple partners and in soliciting input. Demonstrates excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in interpersonal communication. Exhibits extensive software skills and Internet research abilities. Contracts that have Rider D: Must be able to successfully pass a criminal background, child protective service check & sex offender check. Must not be on the state or federal suspension and disbarment list. Must be able to exert moderate physical effort with frequent physically active trainings and meetings with youth and adults, driving, typing and occasionally lifting material weighing up to 25 pounds. Driving may be necessary to attend meetings and trainings and for the occasional need to meet with clients offsite and within the program service area. This may include transportation of clients or driving to agency location to complete work. A good driving record is required.


Bachelor’s degree in education or human services related field (e.g. Social Work, Psychology, or Public Health), with 2+ years’ experience in relevant field (e.g. education, public health, or youth development) preferred. Preferred knowledge of and experience in restorative practices, social-emotional learning, and/or social justice work in some combination. Familiarity with and/or connection to a community within the service area is preferred.