Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

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Manager of Youth and Prevention Programs (Allston Brighton PAUSES)

PROGRAM SUMMARY: Allston-Brighton PAUSES (formerly Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force) is a coalition of community agencies and residents that mobilizes youth, families, community members and leaders to prevent and reduce substance use among youth and adults in our community. Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (Allston Brighton CDC) serves as the fiscal sponsor for Allston-Brighton PAUSES.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Manager of Youth and Prevention Programs will work with the Allston-Brighton PAUSES Director on the implementation, evaluation and reporting of substance use prevention strategies, primarily among youth using an environmental approach (including SBIRT and Botvin LifeSkills in a school setting) to support the mission of the coalition. In performing these responsibilities, the Manager will represent the Substance Use Prevention Coalition in a positive, professional manner across multiple settings.

WORK SETTING: A combination of in person, office, school and virtual settings factoring in Covid conditions.

RESPONSIBILITIES: In collaboration with the Allston-Brighton PAUSES Director, coordinates grant-funded Substance Use Prevention grants using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) and a racial equity lens.
▪ Coordinates implementation and facilitation of Botvin Life Skills Curriculum at an Allston Brighton middle school.
▪ Supervises student interns who work with Life Skills facilitation at local school (s).
▪ Manages and oversees student intern in the coordination of the Allston-Brighton PAUSES Youth Coalition Program using an equity framework centering youth with marginalized identities. Responsibilities include: recruitment of youth members and providing oversight on youth strategy implementation and evaluation.
▪ Leads program development and implementation activities on community mental health initiatives as related to substance use and COVID.
▪ Attends local and citywide meetings to build partnerships and increase collaborations.
▪ Represents Allston-Brighton PAUSES at local, city and state events and conferences.
▪ Implements grant-funded communications-based strategies that motivate healthy behaviors, change social norms, and promote public health programs and policies using social media platforms.
▪ Assists with organizing community and fundraising events and other community related
▪ Manages and implements grant-funded community forums and prevention strategies.
▪ Assists with preparing and writing grant applications.
▪ Responsible for tracking outcome data and preparing grant progress reports.
▪ Participates in Strategic Planning Sessions with Steering Committee members and others.
▪ Assists with the development, implementation and analysis of program evaluations. Works with outside evaluator when indicated.
▪ Attends bimonthly coalition member meetings.
▪ Attends other meetings and events on evenings and weekends as needed.

▪ Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred with experience in Substance Use Prevention, Public Health, youth mental health, youth development or related field.
▪ Strong background and or experience with Youth Development work within school or community settings.
▪ Strong public speaking/presentation skills with ability to adapt to various stakeholders.
▪ Preference for Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) knowledge.
▪ Preference for knowledge around Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment (SBIRT)
▪ Strong youth and program development experience.
▪ Knowledge of substance use issues with primary youth focus.
▪ Knowledge and experience in community outreach and coalition building.
▪ Must be able to work independently.
▪ Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and ability to self direct
▪ Must be flexible to meet the needs of a dynamic program, especially in the COVID era where programming changes constantly.
▪ Experience using social media to implement health communications strategies.
▪ Excellent communication (both written and verbal), computer technology and organizational skills required.
▪ Must provide own transportation when needed.
▪ Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
▪ Experience and comfortability working in a diverse community with people of many different racial, ethnic, gender, and other identities.
▪ Experience and comfortability with virtual platforms (e.g., Zoom).
▪ Certification/Licensure: Certified Prevention Specialist or agreement to work toward certification within the first 2 years of hire

Salary commensurate with education and experience. Salary Range – $63,000 – $68,000 per year.
This is a full time position.
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, (Allston Brighton CDC), the fiscal sponsor for Allston-Brighton PAUSES, is an equal opportunity employer. Preference given for a resident of Boston.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Helen Connolly, Director, Allston-Brighton PAUSES [email protected]

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