Job Opening: CONNECTED Youth Mental Well-Being Coordinator (Americorps VISTA)

Title: New AmeriCorps Vista Position —CONNECTED Youth Mental Well-Being Coordinator

FTE/Status: 1 FTE (40 hours)

Host Site: Whatcom Family and Community Network 1231 N. Garden St. Bellingham, WA

 

Position Summary:

The VISTA member will serve as a Youth Mental Well-Being Coordinator to recruit, train and support youth volunteers in youth mental well-being projects including youth suicide prevention, finding a trusted adult social media campaign and building peer and community awareness around youth mental well-being issues.

 

Major responsibilities and activities:

Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. Convening strategic planning and community meetings, including youth mental health service providers. Organizing youth focus groups, creating training manuals and program sustainability materials. Coordinating with MAD HOPE team developing the existing youth suicide prevention training into an evidence-based program, including coordinating evaluation tools. Supporting and developing leadership skills with CONNECTED Young Influencers. Developing connections and serving as liaison between community and higher education campuses, including Western Washington University, Northwest Indian College, Whatcom Community College and/or Bellingham Technical College. Other duties as assigned and related to building community capacity and program sustainability in youth mental well-being developing with the goal of shifting culture and reducing youth anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation and promoting a culture of support and mental well-being for youth by youth and with trusting adults.  Seeking candidates with strong desire to work with youth aged 14-24, especially with youth disproportionately impacted by youth suicide: LGBTQ, Native American, Latina and rural youth.  Member will travel to various sites. Access to reliable transportation desired.

 

Term of service: 365 days, averaging 40 hrs. per week

 

Qualifications:

  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree
  • At least 18 years of age, U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or person residing legally in Washington State
  • Ability to make a full-year commitment
  • Interest and/or experience in community service and/or community development
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with diverse populations, including multicultural experience and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Proficient in Google platform, MS Office, Adobe products, social media, and database management
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and perform multiple work assignments
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Ability to pass criminal background check

AmeriCorps VISTA benefits:

  • Bi-weekly living allowance
  • Relocation and settling-in allowance, if moving more than 50 miles to serve
  • Post-service $6,095 Education Award or $1,800 end-of-term cash award
  • One year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) for federal government jobs
  • Basic health coverage, student loan forbearance, and basic child care assistance when applicable
  • Paid round-trip ticket to pre-service orientation and reimbursed travel expenses when applicable
  • Extensive training, professional development, and networking opportunities
  • Access to AmeriCorps network

For questions and to apply send a cover letter, resume and three references to WFCN Prevention Manager Lisa Moulds at lisamoulds@wfcn.org. Thank you!

Position open until filled.  Priority deadline to apply is June 1, 2019, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Whatcom Family & Community Network is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and three references to WFCN Prevention Manager Lisa Moulds at lisamoulds@wfcn.org.

Position Open Until Filled with Priority Deadline of 06/01/2019 at 5 p.m.