Job Title: Youth Engagement Assistant
Department: Parent & Youth Support Programs
Reports to: Youth Project Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Starting Rate: $16.00/hour
Schedule: 15 hours per week based on programming / workshop
schedule. Must have flexibility to conduct afterschool / evening
workshops, and attend community outreach events typically
on the weekends or evenings (as needed) on an ongoing basis.
This is a grant-funded position through September 2018.
Continuation is subject to the availability of grant funds.
Post Date: September 12, 2017
The YWCA of Western Massachusetts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women. We do this through a variety of services that support all people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault or intimate partner abuse, strengthen relationships between parents and children, and build skills for employment and self-sufficiency.
EXPECTATIONS of ALL EMPLOYEES:
In the performance of essential and general job responsibilities, all YWCA employees are expected to:
- Demonstrate commitment to the YWCA’s mission and principles of trauma-informed work.
- Represent the YWCA in a professional and competent manner to participants, community members, organizational partners, and others.
- Perform quality work within program guidelines and deadlines.
- Work effectively as a team contributor and foster a positive working environment.
- Work independently while understanding the need for communication and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
- Maintain professional behavior and strict confidentiality.
The Youth Engagement Assistant will work to support the Springfield Youth Project’s meaningful engagement with Springfield youth and young adults (ages 13-24), especially young men and boys, through the facilitation of workshops and outreach activities focused around teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Springfield Youth Project is funded through the OVW (Office for Violence Against Women) Consolidated Youth Grant.
- Assist in creation and implementation of informal workshop programming / curriculum for youth on topics including but not limited to: healthy relationships, masculinity, sexual identity, power structures, self-care, substance use, etc.
- Assist with the creation of a young men & boys youth group / support space.
- Assist in community outreach efforts throughout the Springfield community (attending community events, tabling, and distributing program information).
- Support the team’s efforts in the ongoing cultivation and facilitation of the Youth Advisory Board.
- Assist in the facilitation of primary prevention programming with adolescents in partnership with grant sub-contractors (i.e. Safe Dates workshops, among others).
- Assist in enhancing the program’s social media presence by creating Facebook content (wall posts, event listings, and answering messages/requests).
- Attend and participate in required meetings, including the project's Advisory Board; internal team meetings; and various community network meetings as needed.
- Perform other duties as necessary.
- There is no formal education requirement; instead candidates should have experience with workshop facilitation with both youth, and/or other relevant youth work.
- Preference is given to candidates who have teaching experience in public school settings.
- Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred.
- Proven experience with Harm-Reduction, Positive Youth Development (PYD) and Trauma-Informed Care interventions and strategies when working with young people.
- Knowledge and proven experience in community organizing strategies.
- Experience in collaborating with multiple entities (non-profits, schools, and colleges).
- Comfortable and knowledgeable about intimate partner violence, and other issues.
- Experience using social networking platforms like Facebook for youth engagement.
- Ability to utilize multiple platforms to create outreach materials like flyers (i.e. Canva, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) and presentations (i.e. Prezi and Powerpoint).
- Excellent verbal, written, and organizational skills, including strong computer skills.
- Demonstrates an understanding and active commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion, especially around communities of color and LGBTQIA+ individuals.
- Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be able to be covered by the agency's insurance policy.
- Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
It is the policy of YWCA of Western Massachusetts to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the YWCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.
The YWCA is an “at-will” equal opportunity employer. While the YWCA will continue to operate with care regarding employment decisions, the YWCA and its employees may terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, with or without cause, and without advance notice. Exceptions include non-exempt positions.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS:
The YWCA, in our effort to provide safety to those we serve, and to protect our agency, performs criminal offender record information (CORI) checks on all prospective employees. Final offers of employment are contingent upon receipt of an acceptable CORI report as solely determined by the YWCA.
All employment at the YWCA begins with a 120-day Introductory Period.