Mt. Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator

Mt. Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator

SUMMARY: Co-facilitate the development, training and implementation of the Mt. Baker Community Coalition (MBCC), a youth substance abuse prevention and mental wellbeing promotion coalition; Increase public awareness about community-based prevention programming; Outreach to and engage community, including youth, through in-person and online communications and event-based community activities.

STATUS: Permanent, Non-Exempt, Grant Funded Position. 1 FTE (40 hrs/week)
ANTICIPATED START DATE: June 1, 2024
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
PRIORITY DEADLINE: May 3, open until filled
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three (3) professional references to info@wfcn.org

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Co-Coordinate Mt Baker Community Coalition to increase positive outcomes that prevent and reduce youth substance use and develop mental wellbeing; Use community organizing & volunteer management principles; (Approx. 25% effort)
  • Outreach to and engage community through in-person and online communications (including social media, positive social norm campaigns, surveys, quarterly newsletter, retailer and consumer outreach, and more); (Approx. 20% effort)
  • Coordinate provision of training to coalition members to build capacity for community-based, data- driven substance abuse coalition work; Public speaking and training skills, and group and meeting facilitation skills. (10%)
  • Coordinate Youth Engagement: Plan, coordinate and implement training, activities and events with and for youth, families and prevention professionals to increase youth leadership skills, prevention science knowledge and advances prevention strategies and outcomes. (10%)
  • Oversee the student prevention club (youth in 7-12th grades) to educate and advocate with peers about the risks of substance use while reducing stigma and promoting mental health through community connection. (10%)
  • Plan, develop, implement, report on and monitor grant outcomes that include social media and marketing initiatives. Support in grant writing and renewal efforts (10%)
  • Work cooperatively with staff, community members and other groups to develop and implement on-going evidence-based strategies which discourage use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; (5% effort)
  • Conduct participant surveys to evaluate community needs, contract compliance and strategy effectiveness; (5%)
  • Collaborate with key community stakeholders in the support and implementation of action plans. (5%)

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent oral graphic and written communication, public speaking, and group and meeting facilitation skills. Communicate effectively with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the community served by the coalition, specifically Eastern Whatcom County;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize community groups and to work cooperatively with a diversity of people, agencies, public groups and contract agency personnel;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings that encourage participatory leadership and positive development of solutions and community capacity, this can include training;
  • Organization skills; Proven ability to work independently, prioritize several on-going assignments within contractual requirements including deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and travel within the area served by the coalition with occasional state-wide and out of state travel.
  • WFCN promotes individual and community wellbeing practice and a trauma informed culture of compassion, for self and others. We encourage staff to model self-compassion and teach others as you develop.
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Learns new concepts quickly

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required prior to employment. Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required. A clean driving abstract may be required by our state funders.
  • Current Certified Prevention Professional credential or ability to obtain within 18-months of appointment upon approval of related training plan.
  • Ability to pass initial Washington State Patrol Background check and any further or future background requirements.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Preferred education OR equivalent community experience aligned with knowledge and skill attained through a Bachelor’s level Degree in Human Services, Public Health, Behavioral Sciences, Education, Health Education, Communications, Social Sciences or another closely related field;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain effective relationships with community partners, foster and share leadership among individuals in the community and build bridges among diverse community members and organizations;
  • At least two years of relevant experience in community organizing, program coordination, or community-based programs involving youth, drug/alcohol/tobacco abuse, or other related community health prevention or counseling;
  • Interested to gain working knowledge of substance abuse prevention and prevention science, community development and mobilization, youth development principles, and community organizing approaches

COMPENSATION:

  • Starting Range DOE: $27 to $30 per hour.
  • Medical health benefits with dental; 11 holidays; 3 weeks of paid time off (PTO includes both vacation and health leave).

WORKING CONDITIONS:
The CPWI grant, requires that the primary office in which employee maintains work space m must be located within community served by coalition. This means within the boundaries of the Mt. Baker School District service area. Work is typically performed primarily in school, office and community environments. Work is performed from both school-based settings as well as either home or office spaces. We are currently engaging in face to face meetings, trainings, events and gatherings. Due to the ever-changing nature of COVID, we will adapt as situations change.

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.

Mt. Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator

Grant Management & Community Capacity Building Focus

Full-Time (.8 to 1 FTE) Position Description

JOB SUMMARY: This indirect service position focuses on administration and development of the Mt Baker Community Coalition (MBCC), a community-based youth substance use prevention and mental wellbeing promotion effort centered in community organizing to improve wellbeing, safety, and connection in East Whatcom County. Requires a candidate equally passionate about strengthening community through collaboration AND experienced with managing and writing government grants. Activities are varied and guided by coalition members.

STATUS: Permanent, Non-Exempt, Grant Funded Position. Either Part-Time or Full Time (up to 40 hrs/week) Options
START DATE: Anticipated Start Date December 4, 2023
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
PRIORITY DEADLINE: Monday October 16 at 12pm, but open until filled
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to info@WFCN.org

Ideal candidate brings: A candidate with knowledge and connections in the Mt. Baker School District service area are critical, or a commitment to spend time in community to develop those relationships is desired. Skill as a visionary thinker, who is detail-oriented, has strong organization & coordination skills and demonstrated success supporting diverse populations to achieve goals. Strong communication and facilitation skills to motivate through story, presentation and reporting work and outcomes. Experience in community organizing, public health, health prevention and experience coordinating complex programs. A sense of positivity and hopefulness.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Convene and Co-facilitate with members monthly and workgroups as needed, for local community coalition.
  • Recruit/maintain sector representation as required by grants;
  • Grant management: budget development and monitoring, expense planning, financial and program reporting to funders and WFCN.
  • Monitoring coalition and contractor activity to ensure grant compliance with funded grant and program outcomes;
  • Oversee coalition’s development and implementation of strategic action plans and needs assessments to meet grant requirements; Ensure facilitation of strategic planning;
  • Record keep, monitor and report coalition financials in collaboration with director, bookkeeper and external grant managers;
  • Enter reporting data into required data systems within contractual timeframes (training provided);
  • Work cooperatively with staff, community and other diverse groups to develop and implement effective and evidence- based strategies which discourage use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;
  • Conduct surveys to evaluate community needs, contract compliance and strategy effectiveness;
  • Coordinate comprehensive training for coalition members to build capacity for community-based, data-driven substance use coalition work;
  • Provide community education, technical assistance and support to agency staff, volunteers, prevention contractors, service providers and community groups on topics such as the CPWI and prevention science (e.g., risk and protective factors, the Strategic Prevention Framework, relevant evidence-based strategies)
  • Assess, manage and evaluate programs’ policies and procedures to ensure program compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines;
  • Interpret complex and detailed federal and state regulations to ensure program compliance.
  • Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to Word and Excel.
  • Support co-workers’ efforts to develop sustainable youth programming and coalition outreach;
  • Building community capacity & partnerships that model collaborative solutions to community concerns
  • Youth Engagement, including youth coalition/club recruitment, coordination and advising, event chaperoning and driving as well as prevention education
  • Community Outreach for Engagement, including written and graphic communication for media and social media and face-to-face representation at community events, in community building efforts and other community centered opportunities

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required prior to employment.
  • Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required.
  • Pass Washington State Patrol Background check and any further established background requirements.
  • Ability and willingness to obtain a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP) credential within 18 months of appointment paid by grant funding and completed within work hours as part of approved training plan

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Two years of relevant experience in grant management, budgeting and strategic planning desired;
  • Education
    • Bachelor’s degree in education + 2-years’ experience OR
    • Associates degree + 5-years’ experience OR
    • High school degree and substantial experience with community organizing especially in East Whatcom County and with families and youth.
    • Education and experience in Public Health, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, or closely related fields valued;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain effective relationships with community partners, foster and share leadership among individuals in the community and build bridges among diverse community members and organizations.
  • Working knowledge of substance abuse prevention and prevention science, community development and mobilization, cultural competence principles, and community organizing approaches desired;

COMPENSATION: Starting Range: $27 to $30 hourly. Pro-rated medical and dental health benefits, vacation, sick leave, and retirement option in the form of a SIMPLE IRA. 100% benefits paid over 31 hours per week.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Three days a week work must be in East Whatcom County/Mt. Baker Schools area. MBCC’s official workspace is at Mt Baker Senior High School with satellite spaces available in Kendall at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center and in Bellingham at Whatcom Family & Community Network (WFCN). Travel is required to engage face-to-face with coalition and community members, businesses and organizations to promote coalition and its efforts. Travel is required to attend community meetings & events, provide training & technical assistance and participate in coalition activities. Statewide travel is occasional. Typically, no more than once a week, evening/weekend/irregular hours may be required to attend in person meetings and prevention activities. Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required and some travel compensation is provided. Occasional physical effort may be required to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds.

As an employer, WFCN promotes individual and community wellbeing practice and a trauma informed culture of compassion for self and others. We encourage staff to model self-compassion and teach others as you develop. WFCN 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 cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to info@wfcn.org

Mt. Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator

Grant Management & Community Capacity Building Focus

Full-Time (.8 to 1 FTE) Position Description

SUMMARY: This position focuses on administration and development of the Mt Baker Community Coalition (MBCC), a community-based youth substance use prevention and mental wellbeing promotion effort.  Focus includes: grant writing; grant management; assessment, planning, implementation & evaluation.  Activities are varied and include convening community to increase protection and reduce risk factors using current prevention strategies; provision of community and coalition education; supporting co-worker’s effort to develop sustainable youth programming and coalition outreach;  building community capacity & partnerships; strategic planning and facilitation; program and fiscal reporting; budget development and management; monitoring coalition and contractor activity to ensure grant compliance and collaborating with organizations, businesses and government entities to increase wellbeing in East Whatcom County.

STATUS: Permanent, Non-Exempt, Grant Funded Position. Either Part-Time or Full Time (up to 40 hrs/week) Options
START DATE: Preferred Start Date is March 13, 2023 or sooner
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
PRIORITY DEADLINE: January 31 at 5pm, but open until filled
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to INFO at WFCN dot ORG

Ideal candidate brings: Ability to orchestrate, delegate, and co-create. Skill as a visionary thinker, who is detail-oriented, has strong organization & coordination skills and demonstrated success supporting diverse populations to achieve their goals. Demeanor to collaborate with co-workers and community coalition members to articulate their vision, develop goals and identify pathways to achieve them. Strong communication and facilitation skills to motivate through story, presentation and reporting the coalition’s work and outcomes. Experience or background in public health, substance use prevention or mental wellness desired and experience coordinating complex programs helpful. A sense of positivity and hopefulness.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Co-coordinate a local community coalition and recruit/maintain required sector representation to prevent or reduce youth substance abuse and promote mental wellbeing;
  • Oversee coalition’s development and implementation of strategic action plans and needs assessments to meet grant funder requirements;
  • Record, monitor and report coalition financials;
  • Plan, develop, implement, monitor and report grant outcomes;
  • Enter reporting data into required data systems within contractual timeframes (training provided);
  • Work cooperatively with staff, community members and other diverse groups to develop and implement effective and evidence- based strategies which discourage use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;
  • Conduct participant surveys to evaluate community needs, contract compliance and strategy effectiveness;
  • Coordinate comprehensive training for coalition members to build capacity for community-based, data-driven substance use coalition work;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to agency staff, volunteers, prevention contractors, service providers and community groups on topics such as the CPWI and prevention science (e.g., risk and protective factors, the Strategic Prevention Framework, relevant evidence-based strategies);
  • Assess, manage and evaluate programs’ policies and procedures to ensure program compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines;
  • Responsible for prevention contract monitoring and program outcomes;
  • Interpret complex and detailed federal and state regulations to ensure program compliance.
  • Proficient computer skills including, but not limited to Word and Excel.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is required prior to employment.
  • Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required. A clean driving abstract may be required by our state funders.
  • Current Certified Prevention Professional credential or ability to obtain within 18 months of appointment upon approval of related training plan.
  • Ability to pass Washington State Patrol Background check and any further established background requirements.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Education or equivalent experience equaling a Bachelor’s level degree in Public Health, Human Services, Behavioral Sciences, Health Education or closely related field;
  • Two years of relevant experience in grant management, budgeting and strategic planning;
  • Working knowledge of substance abuse prevention and prevention science, community development and mobilization, cultural competence principles, and community organizing approaches;
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain effective relationships with community partners, foster and share leadership among individuals in the community and build bridges among diverse community members and organizations.

COMPENSATION: Starting range DOE: $25 to $28 hourly. Pro-rated medical and dental health benefits, vacation, sick leave, and retirement starting in 2023.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Three days a week work must be in East Whatcom County/Mt. Baker Schools area.  MBCC’s official workspace is at Mt Baker Senior High School with satellite spaces available in Kendall at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center and in Bellingham at Whatcom Family & Community Network (WFCN). Travel is required to engage face-to-face with coalition and community members, businesses and organizations to promote coalition and its efforts.  Travel is required to attend community meetings & events, provide training & technical assistance to the coalition and participate in coalition strategies & activities. Statewide travel is required occasionally. Typically, no more than once a week, evening/weekend/irregular hours may be required to attend in person meetings and prevention activities. Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required and some travel compensation is provided. Occasional physical effort may be required to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds.

As an employer, WFCN promotes individual and community wellbeing practice and a trauma informed culture of compassion for self and others. We encourage staff to model self-compassion and teach others as you develop. WFCN 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 cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to info@wfcn.org

Mt. Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY:
Co-facilitate the development, training and implementation of the Mt. Baker Community Coalition (MBCC), a youth substance abuse prevention and mental wellbeing promotion coalition; Increase public awareness about community-based prevention programming; Outreach to and engage community through in-person and online communications and community activities.

TITLE: Mt Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator
HOURS: Mostly between Mon. to Fri. 8 to 5 p.m. Some weekends and evenings.
STATUS: Permanent, Non-Exempt, Grant Funded Position. Part-Time or Full-Time Option (up to 40 hrs/week)
START DATE: Preferred Start Date of August 8, 2022
REPORTS TO: Executive Director

PRIORITY DEADLINE: July 8, but open until filled
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to info@wfcn.org

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Co-Coordinate the Mt Baker Community Coalition to increase positive outcomes that prevent and reduce youth substance use and develop mental wellbeing; Use community organizing & volunteer management principles;
  • Outreach to and engage community through in-person and online communications (including social media, positive social norm campaigns, surveys, quarterly newsletter, retailer and consumer outreach, and more).
  • Coordinate provision of training to coalition members to build capacity for community-based, data- driven substance abuse coalition work; Public speaking and training skills, and group and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Coordinate Youth Engagement: Plan, coordinate and implement training, activities and events with and for youth, families and prevention professionals to increase youth leadership skills, prevention science knowledge and advances prevention strategies and outcomes.
  • Oversee the student prevention club (youth in 7-12th grades) to educate and advocate with peers about the risks of substance use while reducing stigma and promoting mental health through community connection.
  • Work cooperatively with staff, community members and other groups to develop and implement on-going evidence- based strategies which discourage use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;
  • Conduct participant surveys to evaluate community needs, contract compliance and strategy effectiveness;
  • Plan, develop, implement and monitor grant outcomes that include social media and marketing initiatives.
  • Collaborate with key community stakeholders in the support and implementation of action plans.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent oral and written communication, public speaking and training skills, and group and meeting facilitation skills Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the community served by the coalition, specifically Eastern Whatcom County;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize community groups and to work cooperatively with a diversity of people, agencies, public groups and contract agency personnel;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings that encourage participatory leadership and positive development of solutions and community capacity;
  • Organization skills; Proven ability to work independently and prioritize several on-going assignments within contractual requirements including deadlines;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and travel within the area served by the coalition with occasional state-wide and out of state travel.
  • WFCN promotes individual and community wellbeing practice and a trauma informed culture of compassion, for self and others. We encourage staff to model self-compassion and teach others as you develop.
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Learns new concepts quickly

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license is preferred. Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required. A clean driving abstract may be required by our state funders.
  • Current Certified Prevention Professional credential or ability to obtain within 18 months of appointment upon approval of related training plan (this could be accomplished as part of your workload).
  • Ability to pass Washington State Patrol Background check and any further established background requirements.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Preferred Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Human Services, Public Health, Behavioral Sciences, Education, Health Education, Social Sciences or closely related field;
  • Two years of relevant experience in community organizing, program coordination, or community-based programs involving youth, drug/alcohol/tobacco abuse, or other related community health prevention or counseling
  • Working knowledge of substance abuse prevention and prevention science, community development and mobilization, youth development principles, and community organizing approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain effective relationships with community partners, foster and share leadership among individuals in the community and build bridges among diverse community members and organizations

COMPENSATION:

  • Starting Range DOE: $25.94-$32 per hour.
  • Medical health benefits with dental; holidays; paid time off (PTO is vacation and health leave); retirement with partial match, life insurance, mileage reimbursement

WORKING CONDITIONS:
The CPWI grant, requires that the primary office in which employee maintains work space must be located within community served by coalition. This means within the boundaries of the Mt. Baker School District service area. Work is typically performed primarily in school, office and community environments. Due to COVID, work is performed from both school-based settings as well as either home or office spaces. We are currently limiting face to face meetings, trainings, events and gatherings.

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 cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references to info@wfcn.org

Connected! Young Influencers: Jazmin Carpenter, Wil Henkel, Kiera Hillaire, and Oliver Trulock

Connected! Young Influencers:
Jazmin Carpenter, Wil Henkel, Kiera Hillaire, and Oliver Trulock

2021 Community Building Award Recipient

Our final recipients of the evening are all young adults, whose efforts across two years inspired and taught a nation, as well as our organization about the importance of youth engagement in peer focused mental well-being efforts.

Each of these individuals has their own journey of pain and triumph that united them as champions for youth mental wellbeing.

Kiera’s passion focused on bullying and cyberbullying. Her work is used with the Lummi Behavioral Health Programs, and she has presented a seminar on the issue.

As high schoolers, Oliver and Wil initiated the peer centered support (PCS) and peer centered outreach (PCO) model, which in 2021 has been adopted across all Bellingham high schools; and activated change in the school community.

Jazmin, knowing the impact of losing a loved one to death by suicide, is one of the longest-standing volunteers with the MAD HOPE youth suicide and mental wellbeing program.

Bringing their stories and strengths, they united in the Connected! Project, a nation-wide effort hosted by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, the nation’s premier mental health and substance use recovery association. The larger aim was to explore and learn how youth engagement can positively make change to address and destigmatize mental health.  As “young influencers” they represented diverse efforts happening in Whatcom County and emerged new strategies to promote youth engagement in peer mental well-being.

The team developed the local trusted adult campaign, which included a youth art contest, trusted adult e-card campaign, youth-led trusted adult workshops, social media outreach and a bus ad campaign to promote the role of trusted adults in the lives of youth.

The team strategized about the importance of creative outlets such as art, music, and poetry for youth to metabolize their pressure, stress and big emotions. 

The concept of a zine was developed and brought to fruition by other youth recruited to engage in the broader effort.  While Covid-19 thwarted big plans—concerts, gaming tournaments, etc., but instead “let’s chalk about it” art efforts and outreach through neighborhood “little libraries” emerged.

As Covid forced an online format shift, the young influencers improved the MAD HOPE youth suicide prevention curriculum. This focused on increasing inclusion of cultures for populations with higher health disparity regarding suicidal thinking and action. 

The overall experience was rare, but if expanded and sustained, the model to grow youth engagement, increase youth leadership and save lives is boundless.

To watch the 24th Annual Ken Gass Community Building Awards in which Oliver, Kiera, Jazmin and Wil are recognized, click here.

Lisa McOmber

Lisa McOmber

2021 Community Building Award Recipient

Having moved to eastern Whatcom County 3 years ago, when Lisa heard of opportunities to build community through connection and provide sustainable healthy change, she was all in.

The Foothills Community Alliance (FCA) formerly known as the Mount Baker Foundation Partnership, was seeking strong, new leadership. She filled the shoes passionately and brought the group together with clear direction and renewed energy. Her involvement solidified the work, brought several community-building champions to the table, and resulted in the FCA becoming ready to serve needs of local community. She has remained consistent, noticed assets and gaps in other community efforts and stepped in to recruit, lead and facilitate for everyone’s good. She has been instrumental in laying foundation for positive community change for generations.

Lisa also leaned in to help the local neighborhood safety and block watch type group reimagine themselves as an effort that could balance hope with very real concerns. The group centers its efforts by elevating community strengths and finding collaborative solutions.  Lisa has brought together folks of diverse viewpoints to make progress on community goals aligned with social determinants of health including increased safety, garbage removal, and beautification.

During the past year and a half of pandemic, she, along with others, kept this work rolling forward collaborating with many community organizations and neighbors. These were no small tasks during uncertain times.

Lisa’s kind hand at the tiller of community efforts has made all the difference. Thank you, Lisa!

To watch the 24th Annual Ken Gass Community Building Awards in which Lisa is recognized, click here.

Job Opening: Mt. Baker Community Coalition Co-Coordinator

JOB SUMMARY:
Administer and co-coordinate community-based prevention programming, including planning, development, implementation and evaluation of programs; facilitate development and coordination of substance abuse prevention activities; develop and present prevention-related educational programs for community members and groups; be knowledgeable about substance abuse prevention research and increase public awareness; co-facilitate the development, training and implementation of the Mt. Baker Community Coalition (MBCC), a youth substance abuse prevention coalition, and collaborate with other local coalitions, task forces and community groups as a resource or provider of technical assistance.

JOB
STATUS:
Permanent, Non-Exempt, Grant Funded Position. 1 FTE (40 hours per week offered)
START DATE: January 3, 2022
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
PRIORITY DEADLINE: November 8, 2021, but open until filled
TO APPLY: Send or email cover letter, resume and three professional references (please ensure your name, phone number and email contacts are included) to info@wfcn.org

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Co-Coordinate the MBCC, comprised of community sector representatives from the following sectors: Youth, Parent, Law Enforcement, Civic/Volunteer Groups, Business, Healthcare Professionals, Media, Schools, Youth-serving Organizations, Religious/Fraternal Organizations, State/Local/Tribal Governments, Other Substance Abuse Organization (e.g., Treatment), Youth Treatment Professionals, and Mental Health Professionals; to encourage and facilitate their collaboration in efforts to prevent or reduce substance abuse; Use volunteer management and community organizing principles;
  • Coordinate and provide comprehensive training to coalition members to build capacity for community-based, data-driven substance abuse coalition work; Public speaking and training skills, and group and meeting facilitation skills.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to agency staff, volunteers, prevention contractors, service providers and community groups on topics such as CSAP strategies, CPWI and prevention science (e.g., risk and protective factors, the Strategic Prevention Framework, relevant evidence-based strategies);
  • Oversee community coalition’s development of five-year prevention strategic plan within Center for Disease Control (CDC) Drug Free Community (DFC) grant guidelines and “Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery” (DSHS/DBHR) Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) and assist in providing annual budget and project plan updates;
    • Conduct needs assessment and other techniques to identify community service needs with community coalition members;
    • Assist individuals and groups in developing risk and protective factor focused prevention plans, selecting research-supported prevention strategies, and developing appropriate evaluations;
    • Sustainability planning, which includes seeking additional funding and development support.
  • Prepare, analyze and modify grant and program budgets;
  • Assist in managing additional grants and funding received to grow and sustain coalition goals.
  • Coordinate Youth Engagement: Plan, coordinate and implement training, activities and events for youth, families and prevention professionals that increases youth leadership skills, prevention science knowledge and advances prevention strategies and outcomes.
  • Work cooperatively with staff, community members and other groups to develop and implement on-going evidence-based strategies which discourage use/misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs;
  • Develop data collection instruments and monitoring and program evaluation policies and procedures to ensure program compliance with federal, state, and local guidelines;
  • Responsible for prevention contract monitoring, reporting and program outcomes;
  • Conduct site-visits with subcontractor(s) to monitor program components for contract provisions and compliance;
  • Conduct participant surveys to evaluate community needs, contract compliance and strategy effectiveness;
  • Prepare summaries of prevention monitoring reports for the coalition and others as needed;
  • Enter reporting data into required data systems within contractual timeframes;
  • Interpret complex and detailed federal and state regulations to ensure program and planning compliances;
  • Attend required funder (i.e. DBHR/DFC) and partnership (i.e. WCHD; BHC) meetings and training;
  • Engage with local media. Preparing press kits, soliciting media coverage and responding to media requests;
  • Plan, develop, implement and monitor media campaigns, positive social marketing initiatives in collaboration with DFC and CADCA National media initiatives;
  • Collaborate with key community stakeholders in the support and implementation of grant action plans.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity;
  • Work independently and collaboratively to develop effectiveness in teams and work groups;
  • Participate in development and maintenance of organizational system;
  • Perform professional computing skills at a proficient level, MS Office; Email; Online research; database entry; office machines; phones; Virtual meeting environments; Google drives, etc.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Due to COVID, work is performed in school-based settings and virtually from remote home or office spaces. We are currently limiting face to face meetings, trainings, events and gatherings. These aspects may change across time as the pandemic progresses or ends. The CPWI grant, requires that the primary office in which employee maintains work space must be located within community served by coalition. This means within the boundaries of the Mt. Baker School District service area. During non-COVID times, work is typically performed primarily in school, office and community environments. Community travel is required to provide face to face communication with coalition members and to attend other community meetings and events, provide training and technical assistance and participate in coalition strategies and activities. Statewide and out of state travel is required occasionally. Attendance at meetings and prevention activities may frequently require working evening, weekend and irregular hours. Access to guaranteed, reliable transportation is required. Occasional physical effort may be required to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds. WFCN promotes individual and community wellbeing practice and a trauma informed culture of compassion, for self and others. We encourage staff to model self-compassion and teach others as you develop.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the community served by the coalition, specifically Eastern Whatcom County;
  • Demonstrated ability to organize community groups and to work cooperatively with a diversity of people, agencies, public groups and contract agency personnel;
  • Knowledge of basic principles of substance abuse prevention and treatment and public health principles, including health and mental health promotion. Understand the continuum of care in substance abuse and addiction;
  • Understand existing alcohol and other drug abuse prevention systems and programs in state and county governments;
  • Knowledge of principles of equity and cultural humility, consequences of health disparities, and strategies to increase inclusivity in community outreach;
  • Knowledge of principles of effective leadership with demonstrated leadership skills;
  • Understand the value of and strategies of inclusivity for members of the community in coalition-building and community outreach;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings that encourage participatory leadership and positive development of solutions and community capacity;
  • Excellent research, analysis, writing, and communication skills involved in community development, planning and policy development, grant and report-writing, statistical data gathering and public speaking;
  • Successful experience developing and providing adult training programs;
  • Proven ability to work independently and prioritize several on-going assignments within contractual requirements including deadlines;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule and travel within the area served by the coalition with occasional state-wide and out of state travel.

TRAITS THAT COMPLEMENT OUR TEAM DYNAMIC:
Extroverted personality; Relationship oriented; Passionate about youth wellbeing and substance free development; Learns new concepts quickly and is self-motivated; Attentive to detail; Able to lead and follow as a team member; Willing to delegate to and coach youth and adults in a collaborative way; Manage multiple time sensitive issues; Adapt to changing circumstances; Generate a shared vision for the community; Generate and maintain enthusiasm for developing solutions: Instill hope for continued improvement of health outcomes; Share WFCN’s values and adopt our core principles of trauma informed and community capacity building work.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driver’s abstract is required prior to employment.
  • Current Certified Prevention Professional credential or ability to obtain within 18 months of appointment upon approval of related training plan.
  • Ability to pass Washington State Patrol Background check and any further established background requirements.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Public Health, Behavioral Sciences or closely related field; or the equivalent combination of relevant education, training and experience. Two years of relevant experience that adequately illustrates the attainment of knowledge, skills, abilities and other requirements of the job listed. Familiarity with Washington State and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) substance abuse prevention planning frameworks and programs preferred.

FUNDING & OVERSIGHT INFORMATION:
This position is grant funded by multiple sources, including Drug Free Communities Grant managed by Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Community Prevention Wellness Initiative of Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR). The grants are administered through the employer for this position, Whatcom Family & Community Network (WFCN), A 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization. See the WFCN website at www.wfcn.org

COMPENSATION:
Starting Range DOE: $22 to $25 per hour. Pro-rated medical health benefits with dental; holidays; paid time off (PTO is vacation and health leave). Full time employees benefits are paid in full. Spouse/Domestic Partner/Dependents may be covered, but at full cost to employee.

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 cover letter and resume to info@wfcn.org

Mt. Baker Youth Substance Use Prevention Youth Fellows

Up to 6 fellowships available

Brief Description:  Assist the Mt. Baker Community Coalition (MBCC) to complete grant-based projects such as Alcohol Community Assessment of Neighborhood Stores (CANS) and Cannabis Sticker Shock Campaign, engage in community outreach and attend/present to coalition meetings as youth/young adult representatives.

FTE/Status: Seeking applicants ages 16-24 for up 6 paid part-time youth leadership and workforce development fellowships. Typically, 6-10 hours a week, depending on the context of placement. Position begins May 20th and ends September 25th, 2021.

To Apply:  Request an application packet. Email Emma Giri at connect@wfcn.org. All completed application packets are due by May 7th at 3pm.

Essential Functions:

Attend prevention skills education trainings.
Attend, design, and implement sessions for development of CANS and Sticker Shock Campaign.
Assess local neighborhood stores, communicate with managers and staff, collect and analyze data for Community Assessment of Neighborhood Stores (CANS) effort.
Attend MBCC meetings and present data and findings from CANS and outcomes from Sticker Shock Campaign.
Be an ambassador for the MBCC; help the community increase awareness about the coalition’s purpose/efforts within your circles of influence, following best practices in prevention (family, school, peers, etc.)
Generate ideas for future youth engagement in the MBCC.
Assist in designing retailer education packets and recognition material.
Manage internship requirements as outlined by MBCC.

Preferred Skills or Characteristics

Ability to demonstrate contextual experience in the Mount Baker Community including residence, association, or historical experiences.
Organizational skills and ability to navigate community relationships.
Strong verbal communication skills, public speaking, community outreach
Positive attitude
Interest in change for positive community health and social justice

Benefits: 

Professional development, professional recommendations
Community networking and awareness
Meaningful work and recognition for a job well done
Personal satisfaction from making a positive change in your community
Resume writing assistance

Compensation:

Upon project completion, in September, each Baker Youth Prevention Fellow will receive $500 for completing the project and essential functions.

THE SCIENCE & POWER HOPE

Hope Centered and Trauma Informed – Learn how you can build hope for yourself and others!

DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 12:00PM—4:00PM
LOCATION: Virtual Event

Hope is real, hope is measurable, and hope is malleable. Youth who demonstrate higher hope:

  • Do better in school
  • Report less substance use
  • Experience less anxiety and depression

Learn how motivation and pathways are keys to achieving goals and experiencing a better life.

Featuring: Dr. Chan Hellman
Chan Hellman, Ph.D., is a professor, quantitative psychologist, and the Director of The Hope Research Center at the University of Oklahoma. He has studied hope and resilience for more than 15 years.

TO REGISTER
The sponsors have made this event FREE for you.
Register at https://forms.gle/a6SKufBU8fg1cnpc9

Continuing Education Units and Clock Hours are available (pending approval). For questions, please contact AGeleyns@co.whatcom.wa.us

Job Opening: Community Engagement Coordinator

Title:  Community Engagement Coordinator
FTE/Status: Part Time, between 20 to 26 hours weekly.  Grant funded position. 
Hours:  Mostly between Mon. to Fri.  8 to 5 p.m.  Some weekends and evenings.
Begin Date Target:  February 16th, 2021
Position Open Until Filled. Priority Deadline:  January 24th, 2021

To Apply:  Send or email cover letter, resume and three professional references (include position title in email subject line and ensure your name, phone number and email contacts are in both the cover letter and resume) to info@wfcn.org

Description:  Provides direct and indirect supports to prevention professionals, youth and families to increase coalition engagement, including public relations & outreach, program coordination and volunteer management.  Focuses on increasing youth and family leadership, prevention science knowledge and participation in coalition strategy.  Volunteer management and supervision of coalition members/club youth. Project activity, event and professional development coordination. Reports to Executive Director. Collaborates with Mt. Baker Comm. Coalition Coordinator.

  • Essential Functions
    • Program Coordination: Plan and implement strategies to engage youth, families and community partners in the work of increasing protective factors and decreasing risk factors that impact youth substance use and promote mental wellbeing.  Follow DFC and DBHR work plans.
    • Youth Engagement Coordination: Plan, coordinate and implement training, activities and events for youth, families and prevention professionals that increases leadership skills, prevention science knowledge and advances prevention strategies and outcomes.
    • Professional Communication: Create quality print and electronic content & materials using a variety of technology.  Communicate clearly in written, verbal and visual formats for diverse audiences: youth, families and community at large. Provide frequent face-to-face, e-mail and phone contact with sector representatives and coalition members, including county-wide school systems, parents, youth and young adults.  Bilingual skills a plus!
    • Volunteer Coordination: Recruit, recognize, retain and management risks associated with member engagement. Collaborate with volunteers, coalition members and interns.
    • Advanced computing skills:  Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Desktop publishing software (i.e. Canva/Publisher). Create forms, flyers, spreadsheets; Website research; Be social media savvy. Able to learn new technology.
    • Community Capacity Development: Work collaboratively with staff and community partners, adhering to systems and procedures. Cultivate strategic partnerships to strengthen community and build program sustainability.
    • Demonstrate cultural humility and sensitivity. Work with diverse populations. Value and act to increase equity & social justice.
    • Values Aligned with WFCN Team: Practice Self-Care and Wellbeing. Be Honest and Transparent, Hopeful, Persistent & Collaborative; Show Positive psychology in word and deed. Have genuine interest in helping prevention of youth substance use and suicide; Be open-minded, grow-oriented, detail-oriented, and organized.  Show ability to understand larger systems thinking; Be a clear and respectful communicator
  • Other Duties:
    • Administrative tasks—e-mailing, phone work, filing, copying, data entry and reporting as relevant to WFCN need and project assignment.
    • Attend Mt Baker Community Coalition Meetings and other community events and meetings as relevant according to availability.
    • Attend relevant trainings and be willing to travel. 
    • Seek funding opportunities through networking and research.
  • Qualifications:
    • 1 year experience with human services, public health, education or related area utilizing skills outlined.
    • Preferred:  Bachelor’s Degree in related field or equivalent professional experience
  • Benefits:
    • Flexible scheduling aligned with needs of the project.
    • Employer share of employment taxes; L&I.
    • Mileage reimbursement for approved travel for business purposes.
    • Prorated medical or dental benefits for employees working 20 hours or more per week.
    • Professional development, resume building, professional recommendations.
    • Work in a positive and trauma informed organization with hard working professionals.
  • Compensation:
    • Starting Range:  $18.50 to $19.40 hourly, depending on experience and funding.  

Whatcom Family & Community Network is an equal opportunity employer. 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.