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Program Coordinator, POWers (Peer Orientation Workers)

Company: Hetrick-Martin Institute
Location: New York
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Program coordinator, POWERS
Unit: Youth Services Department
Department: Member Engagement
Reports to: Director, Community Outreach & Program Operations
Classifications: Exempt, Full Time (Administrative)
Essential Functions:

% Time

Role Description


Contractual Obligations1) Implement and lead all aspects of the youth leadership program, POWers (Peer Orientation Workers) at HMI, focused on training and supporting youth leaders to take up visible and active roles in welcoming new youth to HMI and building a youth-led community within the agency, specifically:
a. Work collaboratively with other HMI staff and youth leaders to develop a recruitment and training program for POWers interns, and clear job descriptions for POWers interns to match the needs of the overall HMI milieu
b. Adapt and create curriculum and training modules to support youth leadership development and skill building using positive youth development, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care approaches; ensure incorporation of Common Core State Standards into POWers lesson plans, trainings, and activities
c. Provide youth interns with consistent supervision, feedback for their learning, and job readiness coaching as they take on working roles within the HMI afterschool environment (in the lobby/Intake, in Astor Lounge, in Caf--, at Community Meeting, and at events)
d. Ensure that the POWers program is designed and implemented to meet and support the 21st Century Community Learning Center programmatic mission and contract deliverables, with regard to academic enrichment and school support
e. Work with Advocacy and Capacity Building staff to develop and implement regular, ongoing program evaluation of the POWers program, including pre and post-testing to measure skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors
f. Create a program structure that resembles classroom styles and supports the primary programmatic categories of Social Media; YAB and Mental Health
g. Ensure all youth involved in the POWers internship receive mental health services at HMI, and have clear program plans with regard to academics, career, life goals, health, and social-emotional development.


Programmatic Direct Service1) Develop a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) of youth members to poll, discuss, review and restructure the needs of youth throughout the space. YAB should create monthly/quarterly campaigns/project tasks to support and evaluate those needs of the youth.
2) Oversee the administrative process & execution of HMI's Monthly Special Events Calendar. Ensure that event committees are developing, meeting and prepared for all events while overseeing and archiving the event logistics.
3) Work closely with other HMI departments and staff to support ongoing programs and services
a. Outreach and engage youth during Program Common Hours (3:30pm - 7:30pm)
b. Prepare for and facilitate weekly group-based activities for general programming
c. Perform general staff duties, such as Caf-- duty, train-pass, general event set-up/breakdown, etc.
d. Participate and assist with general HMI agency-wide events


Administrative Duties1) Support Director of Member Engagement department with all internal administrative tasks and duties.
2) Track youth member enrollment/activities and contractual requirements, and prepare reports and paperwork requested as needed by agency or funders.
a. Maintain client level data, including follow-up notes and referral logs
b. Maintain group level documentation, including sign-in sheets and session summaries
c. Document, code and enter data for program analysis
d. Submit all necessary documentation to Data Coordinator(s)Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in health education, public health, or related human services field.
  • At least two years experience with diverse population of adolescents in an urban setting, including knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and questioning youth from various cultures and backgrounds.
  • Excellent group facilitation skills, and ability to manage a variety of small and large group dynamics.
  • Experience planning and implementing leadership development and community-building programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including conflict mediation and public speaking.
  • Knowledge of harm reduction practices, trauma-informed care, and positive youth development models.
  • Experience working in an after-school or drop-in program model
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment when appropriate; strong decision-making skills.
  • Computer Skills: Strong with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    Additional Desirable Qualifications:

    • Bi-lingual (Spanish-English) skills.
    • Supervisory experience
    • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop; Canva and other design editing programs

      Working Conditions:

      • Work primarily in 2 Astor Place, NYC, except for Outreach work
      • Traditional program work schedule: Monday - Friday, 12:00 pm to 8:00 p.m., with occasional Saturday hours

Keywords: Hetrick-Martin Institute, New York , Program Coordinator, POWers (Peer Orientation Workers), Other , New York, New York

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