UWYV is expanding its staff and is looking for some great people who are excited about helping youth become leaders in the community and become social entrepreneurs.
The Outreach Liaison is responsible for program implementation of United Way Youth Venture (UWYV), a program that engages young people, primarily in grades K-14, in the creation and development of youth-led and youth-created teams to uniquely address social and civic challenges. During the process of action planning, the Outreach Liaison ensures that youth learn critical leadership skills including teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, and well-being. In order to implement this youth-driven program, the Outreach Liaison cultivates supportive relationships with educators and program partners in academic, afterschool, and community settings, providing a proven model for youth ownership in learning, development of real-world skills, and discovery and leveraging of individual passions.
The UWYV program is housed within the Access & Transition Division of Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC), which includes the Senator Stephen M. Brewer Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement, and partners with K-12 schools and community organizations across the region. UWYV represents a 20-year partnership between MWCC, the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, and Ashoka’s Youth Venture, representing the first, oldest, and largest Youth Venture program in the world, making the North Central Massachusetts region the international hub for youth-led “changemaking.”
Direct Program Implementation (75%):
- Represent the college and program by developing strong partner relationships with a range of key stakeholders, including youth, educators, school and community partner administrators, parents/caregivers, community leaders, local employers, and volunteers.
- Share responsibility with other program staff for direct implementation of the program at partner sites consisting of regular interaction with the youth engaged in the program.
- Travel to assigned partner sites to build connections with stakeholders, facilitate regular meetings with youth, and collaborate with UWYV partner site personnel (“Champions”, or school points of contact).
- Connect with program partners, youth, and colleagues remotely using virtual meeting technology, when remote communication options are requested by stakeholders and will yield the same or better outcomes than in-person meeting.
- Communicate and conduct outreach for the UWYV program to increase equitable access for youth to engage in high quality programming.
- In collaboration with the Director and Outreach Specialists, design and deliver high quality workshops and learning activities that support young people in creating, implementing, and leading Venture Teams using the UWYV action plan model.
- Facilitate regular check-ins with youth and Champions to assess Venture Team progress and provide proactive support to build resiliency in order to overcome challenges.
- Facilitate connections between youth and helpful, non-controlling adults in roles of topic experts, community advocates, and volunteers.
- Support development of trusting relationships between youth and adults through modeling of non-controlling behavior, cultivating respectful listening environments, and co-facilitating professional development sessions for adults.
- Refer youth for additional partner support when needed to ensure youth physical and mental safety and well-being, according to MWCC and partner mandated reporter procedures.
- Develop and provide public presentations, trainings and demonstrations to youth, program partners and the community that inspire belief in the power of youth voice to lead positive community change.
- Facilitate program evaluation activities at assigned partner sites with youth and adults including pre- and post-engagement surveys and regular invitations for stakeholder feedback.
- Provide support and outreach coverage to UWYV youth at secondary partner sites.
Program Planning & Support (25%):
- Support program reporting requirements with consistent and accurate tracking of youth participation and progress, individual partner site goals in program database and dashboard, as well as personal goal progress to supervisor.
- Contribute ideas, content, and photos for the purpose of communicating program successes and milestones for social media channels, newsletters, program website, and other marketing channels.
- Collaborate with staff teammates and program partners for planning and implementation of events and project planning and implementation.
- Demonstrate commitment to learning and continual improvement by giving and receiving feedback and engaging in regular opportunities for professional development and training.
- Support departmental and college-wide community, inclusive of serving on committees, participation in activities such as commencement and days of service.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology, Social Science, Humanities, Business, or closely related field;
- Two (2) years experience and/or training involving teaching and learning, coaching, tutoring, counseling, professional development/training, curriculum design, program management, event management, customer service; or
- An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Must have valid drivers license and access to reliable transportation.
- Experience working with adolescent and adult learners, K-12 educators, higher education faculty, businesses, and nonprofit agencies.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- Demonstrated sensitivity to and experience working with people from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
- Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite);
- Bilingual ability in Spanish
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Employee Status: Full Time Grant Funded – Grant Funds ends 6/30/2023
Hours per Week: 37.5 **
**The majority of responsibilities for this position will be conducted in person at multiple school and partner sites across the North Central MA region. Telework options may be possible in certain circumstances, but applicants should be available to work in person on a full-time basis.
Number of Weeks: 52
Anticipated Effective Date:January 2023
Priority will be given to applications received prior to January 16, 2023
Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.