Monday, January 5, 2015

Youth Engagement Coordinator, Public Health Solutions, NYC Coalition for a Smoke Free City

Auto req ID         108BR

Working Title     Youth Engagement Coordinator

Company             Public Health Solutions

Program               NYC Coalition For A Smoke Free City

Employment Status        Full-Time

Borough               Manhattan

Area      N/A

Program Overview          Public Health Solutions is a nonprofit organization that develops, implements and advocates dynamic solutions to prevent disease and improve community health. We conduct comprehensive research providing insight on public health issues, create and manage community health programs, and provide services to organizations to address public health challenges. Programs of Public Health Solutions address critical public health needs such as maternal and child health, nutrition, access to health insurance, HIV prevention and care, and smoking cessation. For government agencies, nonprofit organizations and others, Public Health Solutions provides services to enable them to enhance their effectiveness and strengthen their capacity to have an impact and efficiently manage funds. Our roots are in scientific research. We were founded in 1957 under the name Medical and Health Research Association of New York City to enable the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other organizations to conduct health research to inform their work. Over the years, we saw an opportunity and a need to build upon this foundation of rigorous scientific research to link research and practice in dynamic ways to improve the health of communities. Today, as Public Health Solutions, we use research wherever we can to help illuminate critical public health issues and to design, implement and assess effective methods for preventing disease and improving health in New York City and beyond.

Job Description                 NYC Smokefree (formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-free City) is a program of Public Health Solutions (PHS) whose mission is to end the tobacco epidemic and to promote a tobacco-free society that benefits the health of all New York City residents.

The program is primarily funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).  The objectives of PHS’s current grant are to 1) reduce the impact of retail tobacco product marketing on youth, 2) educate and advocate for local and state laws, regulations and voluntary policies to reduce tobacco exposure including those that prohibit tobacco use in outdoor areas, increase the percent of households where smoking is prohibited, eliminate pro-tobacco imagery from youth-rated movies and the Internet and, decrease the number of places where tobacco is sold, 3) to develop a corps of youth activities branded as “Reality Check,” and 4) cultivate a wide range of community partners to support these objectives.

PHS is seeking a Youth Engagement Coordinator to spearhead the “Reality Check” initiative in addition to carrying out other objectives of the NYS DOH Tobacco Control grant, and related PHS work plan, through outreach, education, advocacy, partnership and communication. The Youth Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for actively recruiting an adequate youth infrastructure and train staff on youth development and engagement strategies. The Youth Engagement Coordinator will work closely with the Community Engagement Coordinator in their base borough, as well as with all Smokefree NYC staff, and will report to the Project Director.

Specifically, the Youth Engagement Coordinator will:

    Understand and implement the NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Program’s strategic plan as well as support the development and implementation of PHS’ tobacco control strategic plan;

    Ensure the outcome measures of the work plan for the borough are achieved, report on activities and outcomes accurately and in a timely fashion, and implement corrective actions when required;

    Recruit, educate, retain and support a core group of youth advocates, ages 13-18, in the borough as the Reality Check youth corps and establish networks with other youth-focused organizations;

    Collaborate with all the Reality Check Coordinators to build a 4 borough tobacco focused youth council or coalition that will bring together NYC youth for a wide variety of tobacco control activities;

    Educate and mobilize youth to communicate with local and statewide legislators, the FDA, and other officials regarding program goals and objectives;

    Educate and mobilize youth to advocate for Point of Sale (POS), Tobacco Free Outdoors (TFO), Smoke Free Housing (SFH) and Smoke Free Media (SFM) initiatives;

    Collaborate with the Community Engagement Coordinator to achieve borough specific work plan deliverables;

    Host training sessions for the community, organizational decision makers, government policy makers, and other key stakeholders;

    Utilize traditional and web-based media to communicate with and educate the community, organizational decision makers, government policy makers, and other key stakeholders;

    Attend and participate in local, regional and state meetings and trainings;

    Remain abreast of current on tobacco control issues;

    All other duties as assigned;


    Bachelors’ degree or higher in a related field.

    At least 4 years of experience working in community based organizations or government, 2 of which must be experience working with youth and demonstrated youth development skills.

    Demonstrated experience with policy and community interventions; knowledge of tobacco control strongly preferred.

    Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

    Ability to provide positive effective leadership and mentoring skills for youth.

    Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks, projects and assignments with competing priorities.

    Must be able to work independently as well as be a team member.

    Familiarity with New York City communities and neighborhoods strongly preferred

    Excellent computer skills.

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