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.
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.
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.
Preferred knowledge of and experience in restorative practices, social-emotional learning, and/or social justice work in some combination.
Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
Familiarity with and/or connection to a community within the service area is preferred.
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
How to Apply:
Contact: Izzy Diamond
Phone: (207) 553-5882