Native Connections Activities Coordinator

Yakutat | SAMHSA | Full-time

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The Native Connections Activities Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Youth Activities as a part of the SAMHSA Native Connections project, which focuses on increasing protective factors to reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse through education and prevention services. The goal of this project is to reduce the impact of trauma and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people up to and including age 24. The availability of healthy and safe activities is necessary in our plan to promote protective factors and positive mental health for Yakutat youth. This position will work to assist in planning, organizing and executing activities and events following YCHC’s awarded grant proposal and Community Action Plan. This position requires compliance with Health Center’s compliance standards, including its Standards of Conduct, Compliance Program, and policies and procedures. Such compliance will be an element considered as part of the Activities Coordinator’s regular performance evaluation.

Funding for position is grant-based: Temporary full-time until September 30, 2021.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Serve as Yakutat Youth Council coordinator.
- Network with community leaders, agencies and organizations to support the work of the Yakutat Youth Council and the Yakutat Action Committee.
- Work closely and support the partnership with the Yakutat School District.
- Increase youth access and awareness to new and existing Yakutat School District activities.
- Engage with youth to strengthen interpersonal relationships and build trust.
- Engage in outreach and membership recruitment for Youth Council and Action Committee.
- Demonstrate and introduce methods of leadership & boards/councils to youth, encourage youth council members to join established boards who have open youth seats.
- Create family systems network, distribute education materials and engage active members.
- Serve as a role model and involve youth in all decision-making activities.
- Inspire ways for youth to participate and contribute outside of Yakutat Youth Council activities.
- Identify and encourage participation in cultural activities & create additional activities where needed.
- Plan youth activities for self-advocating and leadership.
- Participate in professional development and training.
- Participate as an active and contributing member on the Yakutat Action Committee Team
- Assist with planning and facilitation of Yakutat Action Committee meetings, services and activities.
- Track meeting attendance, activity attendance, distribution of incentives.
- Research and identify funding opportunities that support Yakutat Youth Council program and activities.
- Assist in planning and implementing appropriate cultural/extracurricular activities that target youth, adults, families, and the community in general.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITES:

  • Strong program and project management skills are essential.
  • Track record of delivering on-time, quality standards and within budget.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and Excel software
  • Establish effective working relationships with internal agency staff and relevant community organizations.
  • Must demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, organization and time management skills.
  • Experience in working with the Native American population preferred.
  • Must be able to work well with others in a team approach to problem solving.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Demonstrated capacity for working with youth.
  • Experience developing and working with community partners and agencies.
  • Familiarity or experience with prevention.
  • Experience organizing information and accurately completing forms, surveys, and reports is required.

 Must agree to submit to a criminal records history check and must not have been convicted by any jurisdiction for abuse, neglect, or any other crime, including misdemeanors, that would pose a safety or health risk to youth or adults. Participation in training held outside the community will be required.  Possession of good communication and organizational skills, the ability to work courteously with the public, and the willingness to work cooperatively as a team member is highly desired.